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Corps joins Fort Irwin leaders to cut the ribbon on new library

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District
Published March 14, 2022
Brig. Gen. Curt Taylor, commanding general of the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, left, and Col. Jason Clarke, Fort Irwin garrison commander, right, get some assistance cutting the ribbon signifying the grand opening of the Fort Irwin Library during a ceremony March 9 at Fort Irwin, California. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District’s Fort Irwin Resident Office managed the construction of the facility.

Brig. Gen. Curt Taylor, commanding general of the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, left, and Col. Jason Clarke, Fort Irwin garrison commander, right, get some assistance cutting the ribbon signifying the grand opening of the Fort Irwin Library during a ceremony March 9 at Fort Irwin, California. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District’s Fort Irwin Resident Office managed the construction of the facility.

From left to right, Brig. Gen Curt Taylor, commanding general of the National Training Center at Fort Irwin; Maj. Kevin Stucker, deputy commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District; and Col. Jason Clarke, Fort Irwin garrison commander, pose for a picture in front of the new Fort Irwin Library – Building 333 – following a March 9 ribbon-cutting ceremony signifying the opening of the facility. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District’s Fort Irwin Resident Office managed the construction of the new $6-million facility, which replaces a more than 25-year-old library on the installation. The new library is energy-efficient and LEED-Silver certified. Like many of the other facilities the Corps has built at Fort Irwin, the landscape around the library incorporates low-volume irrigation methods and xeriscaping techniques.

From left to right, Brig. Gen Curt Taylor, commanding general of the National Training Center at Fort Irwin; Maj. Kevin Stucker, deputy commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District; and Col. Jason Clarke, Fort Irwin garrison commander, pose for a picture in front of the new Fort Irwin Library – Building 333 – following a March 9 ribbon-cutting ceremony signifying the opening of the facility. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District’s Fort Irwin Resident Office managed the construction of the new $6-million facility, which replaces a more than 25-year-old library on the installation. The new library is energy-efficient and LEED-Silver certified. Like many of the other facilities the Corps has built at Fort Irwin, the landscape around the library incorporates low-volume irrigation methods and xeriscaping techniques.

More than 400 Fort Irwin community members – including Soldiers and their family members, checked out the new Fort Irwin Library March 9 following a ribbon-cutting ceremony signifying its grand opening. The Corps’ LA District managed construction of the $6-million facility, which replaces a more than 25-year-old library on the installation. The new library is energy-efficient and LEED-Silver certified. Like many of the other facilities the Corps has built at Fort Irwin, the landscape around the library incorporates low-volume irrigation methods and xeriscaping techniques.

More than 400 Fort Irwin community members – including Soldiers and their family members, checked out the new Fort Irwin Library March 9 following a ribbon-cutting ceremony signifying its grand opening. The Corps’ LA District managed construction of the $6-million facility, which replaces a more than 25-year-old library on the installation. The new library is energy-efficient and LEED-Silver certified. Like many of the other facilities the Corps has built at Fort Irwin, the landscape around the library incorporates low-volume irrigation methods and xeriscaping techniques.

1st Lt. Christopher Von Der Linn, 1916th Support Bat., 916th Support Bde., Fort Irwin, checks out a book at the new Fort Irwin Library March 9 at Fort Irwin, California. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District’s Fort Irwin Resident Office managed the construction of the facility.

1st Lt. Christopher Von Der Linn, 1916th Support Bat., 916th Support Bde., Fort Irwin, checks out a book at the new Fort Irwin Library March 9 at Fort Irwin, California. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District’s Fort Irwin Resident Office managed the construction of the facility.

Sissi Knotts of Fort Irwin and her children, Sarah, Julia, Rachel and Ethan pick out some free books at the new Fort Irwin Library following a March 9 ribbon-cutting ceremony signifying the grand opening of the library. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District managed the construction of the facility.

Sissi Knotts of Fort Irwin and her children, Sarah, Julia, Rachel and Ethan pick out some free books at the new Fort Irwin Library following a March 9 ribbon-cutting ceremony signifying the grand opening of the library. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District managed the construction of the facility.

Keneesha Ricks, standing, points out a picture in a book to her daughter, Kaliyah, center, as her two other children, clockwise from left, Timothy Tillman and Jordan Ricks, enjoy some activities in the children’s room March 9 at the new Fort Irwin Library. Also pictured is Ella Camarena, seated right. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District’s Fort Irwin Resident Office managed the construction of the facility.

Keneesha Ricks, standing, points out a picture in a book to her daughter, Kaliyah, center, as her two other children, clockwise from left, Timothy Tillman and Jordan Ricks, enjoy some activities in the children’s room March 9 at the new Fort Irwin Library. Also pictured is Ella Camarena, seated right. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District’s Fort Irwin Resident Office managed the construction of the facility.

Brisia Camarena of Fort Irwin reads the book “Pocoyo” to her daughter, Ella, March 9 at the new Fort Irwin Library at Fort Irwin, California. About 400 Fort Irwin community members checked out the new facility following a ribbon-cutting ceremony signifying its grand opening. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District’s Fort Irwin Resident Office managed the construction of the facility.

Brisia Camarena of Fort Irwin reads the book “Pocoyo” to her daughter, Ella, March 9 at the new Fort Irwin Library at Fort Irwin, California. About 400 Fort Irwin community members checked out the new facility following a ribbon-cutting ceremony signifying its grand opening. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District’s Fort Irwin Resident Office managed the construction of the facility.

Maj. Kevin Stucker, deputy commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District, checks out a keypad that electronically moves shelving units March 9 at the new Fort Irwin Library. The shelves are one of many features of the new facility, which also includes a reception center/customer service desk, reading and stack areas, a multi-purpose room, computer stations, a children's area and office space for staff members, among others.

Maj. Kevin Stucker, deputy commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District, checks out a keypad that electronically moves shelving units March 9 at the new Fort Irwin Library. The shelves are one of many features of the new facility, which also includes a reception center/customer service desk, reading and stack areas, a multi-purpose room, computer stations, a children's area and office space for staff members, among others.

Brig. Gen Curt Taylor, commanding general of the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, leaves the new Fort Irwin Library March 9 following a ribbon-cutting ceremony signifying the grand opening of the facility. The Corps’ LA District managed construction of the $6-million facility, which replaces a more than 25-year-old library on the installation. The new library is energy-efficient and LEED-Silver certified. Like many of the other facilities the Corps has built at Fort Irwin, the landscape around the library incorporates low-volume irrigation methods and xeriscaping techniques.

Brig. Gen Curt Taylor, commanding general of the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, leaves the new Fort Irwin Library March 9 following a ribbon-cutting ceremony signifying the grand opening of the facility. The Corps’ LA District managed construction of the $6-million facility, which replaces a more than 25-year-old library on the installation. The new library is energy-efficient and LEED-Silver certified. Like many of the other facilities the Corps has built at Fort Irwin, the landscape around the library incorporates low-volume irrigation methods and xeriscaping techniques.

A young library patron checks out a keypad that electronically moves shelving units March 9 at the new Fort Irwin Library. The shelves are one of many features of the new facility, which also includes a reception center/customer service desk, reading and stack areas, a multi-purpose room, computer stations, a children's area and office space for staff members, among others.
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A young library patron checks out a keypad that electronically moves shelving units March 9 at the new Fort Irwin Library. The shelves are one of many features of the new facility, which also includes a reception center/customer service desk, reading and stack areas, a multi-purpose room, computer stations, a children's area and office space for staff members, among others.

A welcome sign greets patrons March 9 at the new Fort Irwin Library at Fort Irwin, California, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony signifying the opening of the new facility. The Corps’ LA District managed construction of the $6-million facility, which replaces a more than 25-year-old library on the installation and is energy-efficient and LEED-Silver certified. Like many of the other facilities the Corps has built at Fort Irwin, the landscape around the library incorporates low-volume irrigation methods and xeriscaping techniques.
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A welcome sign greets patrons March 9 at the new Fort Irwin Library at Fort Irwin, California, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony signifying the opening of the new facility. The Corps’ LA District managed construction of the $6-million facility, which replaces a more than 25-year-old library on the installation and is energy-efficient and LEED-Silver certified. Like many of the other facilities the Corps has built at Fort Irwin, the landscape around the library incorporates low-volume irrigation methods and xeriscaping techniques.

FORT IRWIN, California – Representatives with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District joined Fort Irwin leaders March 9 to cut the ribbon on a new library – signifying the facility’s grand opening – at Fort Irwin.

The Corps’ LA District managed the construction of the $6-million facility, which replaces a more than 25-year-old temporary library structure on the installation.

Brig. Gen. Curt Taylor, commanding general of the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, and Col. Jason Clarke, Fort Irwin garrison commander, kicked off the event with a Facebook Live ribbon-cutting ceremony on the corner in front of the library.

“This is a world-class opportunity for the quality of life for our families, our Soldiers and our young children in this community,” Taylor said, before cutting the ribbon.

The opening of the library is exciting, he said, as he reminisced as a teenager growing up on the installation and remembering the former wooden building where the library was housed.

The library is just the start, Taylor said, as he looks forward to the installation’s plans to also build a community activity center, teen center and outdoor recreation facility in the future for the community.

“We will continue to invest in this community to make this a great place for Soldiers and families,” he said, “so if one of you comes back in 30 years, it will be a great place for you and your family.”

He acknowledged the hard work it takes to build a facility in the desert during a pandemic.

“I want to thank all of those who worked so hard to make this investment possible,” Taylor said. “This takes a lot of time and a lot of effort to build out here in the desert. You can ask the Corps of Engineers. It is hard to construct in the middle of a pandemic and to continue to build quality facilities for our Soldiers and families.”

The new 8,000-square-foot library is energy-efficient and LEED-Silver certified. It includes a reception center/customer service desk, reading and stack areas, a multi-purpose room, computer stations, a children's area, office space for staff members and a shaded courtyard, among others. It also features electronic library shelves that move back and forth by using keypads located at the end of each shelving unit. Like many of the other facilities the Corps has built at Fort Irwin, the landscape around the library incorporates low-volume irrigation methods and xeriscaping techniques.

It also is one of three locations on the installation that has public Internet access.

Maj. Kevin Stucker, deputy commander for the Corps’ LA District, was present for the ceremony on behalf of Col. Julie Balten, the Corps’ LA District commander.

“It was an honor for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to be a part of another great project at Fort Irwin,” Stucker said. “The new Fort Irwin Library is a massive upgrade – it is 25-percent larger and LEED-Silver certified, with a host of modern technical improvements. The library will have a positive impact that will be enjoyed by the Fort Irwin community for generations to come.”