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175th Cyberspace Operations Sqdn breaks ground on new facility

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Maj. Gen. Linda Singh, the adjutant general of Maryland, Admiral Michael Rogers, Commander of U.S. Cyber Command and Director of the National Security Agency, and Gen. Randolph Staudenraus, 175th Wing Commander, break ground for the 175th Cyberspace Operations Squadron new facility, Nov. 2, 2017 at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. The new building will be a single-story, 9,000-square-foot facility providing operational and command space for missions supporting Maryland, the National Security Agency and the United States Cyber Command. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Enjoli Saunders)

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Maj. Gen. Linda Singh, the adjutant general of Maryland, Admiral Michael Rogers, Commander of U.S. Cyber Command and Director of the National Security Agency, and Gen. Randolph Staudenraus, 175th Wing Commander, break ground for the 175th Cyberspace Operations Squadron new facility, Nov. 2, 2017 at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. The new building will be a single-story, 9,000-square-foot facility providing operational and command space for missions supporting Maryland, the National Security Agency and the United States Cyber Command. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Enjoli Saunders)

Gen. Randolph Staudenraus welcomes Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to the 175th Cyberspace Operations Squadron groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 2, 2017 at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. Hogan was the keynote speaker at the even that marked the initial construction of the structure that will provide closer integration between the ANG and US Cyber Command. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Enjoli Saunders)

Gen. Randolph Staudenraus welcomes Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to the 175th Cyberspace Operations Squadron groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 2, 2017 at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. Hogan was the keynote speaker at the even that marked the initial construction of the structure that will provide closer integration between the ANG and US Cyber Command. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Enjoli Saunders)

Fort Meade, Md. -- The 175th Wing, Maryland Air National Guard, held a groundbreaking ceremony for the 175th Cyberspace Operations Squadron’s new facility, Nov. 2 at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan was the keynote speaker at the event that marked the initial construction of the structure that will provide closer integration between the ANG and U.S. Cyber Command.

“It’s an exciting day, an exciting endeavor for the 175th Wing and the state of Maryland,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Jori Robinson, 175th Cyberspace Operations Group Commander. “It’s the first and only facility of its kind solely dedicated to cyberspace operations and owned by the National Guard on Fort Meade.”

The new building will be a single-story, 9,000-square-foot facility providing operational and command space for missions supporting Maryland, the National Security Agency and the United States Cyber Command.

“This is a building but this is more than just a building, this is about taking us to the future,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Linda Singh, the adjutant general of Maryland. “We are going to be the thought leaders partnered alongside the most professional thought leaders which is CyberCom.”

The new structure will be a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver building as well as meet Sensitive Compartmental Information Facility (SCIF) standards, resulting in an environmental friendly and classified work area.

“Today we are bolstering Maryland’s leadership even further as we break ground on this much needed and much anticipated facility to support the state of Maryland and the cyber mission force,” said Hogan.

The $5.5 million building is expected to be completed in September 2018.