Ceremony Marks Completion of U.S. Coast Guard Operations Systems Center
A ribbon cutting ceremony marking completion of the new U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Operations Systems Center (OSC) in Kearneysville, WV, was held September 29. This facility serves as the primary data center for the entire USCG and is the third certified data center for the Department of Homeland Security.
GSA and USCG worked together to consolidate five separate leased locations throughout the Martinsburg and Kearneysville, WV area. This consolidation into a single, newly constructed facility allowed USCG to reduce their space by over 10,000 rentable square feet—nearly a 20% reduction in space.
The new building “will significantly enhance the effectiveness of our OSC employees,” said USCG Deputy Assistant Commander and Deputy Chief Information Officer Thomas P. Michelli. “It comes at an opportune time assisting the OSC in meeting the increasing demands of our service.”
The ceremony began with the Pledge of Allegiance by Captain Chris A. Bartz, Commanding Officer of the USCG OSC. Remarks were given by Michelli along with Executive Director of Jefferson County Development Authority John Reisenweber, Joy O. Lewis representing West Virginia Governor Earl Ray’s office, U.S. Senator Joseph Manchin III, Suzanne Bentzel representing U.S. Senator John D. Rockefeller IV’s office, West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District Representative Shelley Moore Capito, and Benediction of Kingdom of Life Cathedral Ministries Bishop Sterling V. Porter III. A guided tour of the facility followed the official ribbon cutting.