Homes moved from Cedar II to Adder in $60 million project

Story and photos by Pfc. Lisa A. Cope
139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs

CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION ADDER, Iraq — Moving the containerized housing units from Camp Cedar II, Iraq, to Contingency Operating Location Adder, Iraq, began Jan. 8 in preparation for the responsible drawdown of U.S. forces and equipment from Iraq.

Almco Group, the company contracted to do the construction work on the project, moved 34 of the 847 structures in the first three days of construction.

Maj. Gilbert M. Spring Jr., the brigade engineer with the 36th Sustainment Brigade out of Temple, Texas, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) works on the Cedar movement project and has a hand in the construction of a new convoy support center at Adder.

Spring, a Lufkin, Texas, native, said Almco began the moving and construction seven. days ahead of schedule to move all of the structures by their Oct. 20 deadline. He said they will easily meet that deadline.

Spring said the third phase of the project, moving of the structures and hooking up the facilities in Adder, will cost roughly $10.6 million of the $60 million designated for the project.

Spring said any project costing more than $750,000 is considered a military construction project and must be approved by Congress.

Spring said this will be the last MILCON project in Iraq.

"This project, CFC phase three, is the only funded MILCON project in Iraq this year," said Spring.

Spring said the completion of this project will bring to fruition his work and that of the two engineers who proceeded him.

"It is like a legacy project," said Spring. "The other engineers prior to me, my predecessors for the past two years, they designed, planned the stuff; I am executing it."

Daniel C. Rossiter, a design engineer with Almco Group, and a Steven's Point, Wis., native, said he works on the CSC phase three project at COL Adder, as well as a couple of other projects at Iraqi Army Camp Ur, Iraq.

Rossiter said everything is projected to be moved from Cedar to Adder by Aug. 1.

"We are a little bit ahead of schedule right now, which is good," said Rossiter. "We are just trying to make that Aug. 1 date work for everybody, trying to get everything across, and (make) a seamless transition … from Cedar over to here."


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Workers with Almco Group, the company contracted to move the containerized housing units from Camp Cedar II to Contingency Operating Location Adder, Iraq, continue with the relocation of the structures Jan. 12, a project they started seven days ahead of schedule.
(U.S. Army photo by: Pfc. Lisa A. Cope)