The Texas A&M University System News Release
September 28, 2020

MEDIA ADVISORY: Army Secretary to visit RELLIS Wednesday

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Army Secretary Ryan D. McCarthy will visit the RELLIS campus Wednesday to see construction underway at the George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex (BCDC) and hear from Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) experts about the one-of-a-kind military modernization center.

Secretary McCarthy will meet with members of the media. Media members also will have an opportunity to tour the construction zone just prior to the secretary’s tour and talk with TAMUS experts.


2 p.m. Media Tour
3:30 p.m. Brief press conference with Secretary McCarthy

Complete Timeline

1:45 to 2:30 p.m.
Members of the Media can tour the first major building under construction, the Research Integration Center (RIC), at 2 p.m.  Arrive at the parking lot by 1:45 p.m. for media tour.

2:45 p.m.
Secretary McCarthy will arrive for his tour.  Secretary McCarthy will be accompanied by Chancellor John Sharp, BCDC Executive Director Ross Guieb and other key university leaders.

3 p.m. to 3:30
Secretary McCarthy will tour the Research Integration Center (RIC) from 3 p.m. to 3:30. He will see progress on the facility and look over the future home of two soon-to-be-built test ranges — one for hypersonic delivery systems, the other for battlefield communications and autonomous vehicles.

3:30 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.
Secretary McCarthy will make remarks to news media and take questions at about 3:30 p.m., immediately after his tour. A tent will be set up in a parking area just outside of the construction zone. (See attached map)

Additional details:
Secretary McCarthy’s tour of the RIC will by videotaped Texas A&M and be available to interested media outlets Wednesday afternoon following the tour. Still photos also will be made available upon request.Media members who tour the RIC will need to dress for entering a construction zone: Long pants, long-sleeved shirt and closed-toed shoes.  Construction helmets and vests will be provided.

Worth noting
Ross Guieb, the BCDC Executive Director, Guieb once served as executive officer to then Army Under-Secretary McCarthy. The two men worked together on the organization and startup of Army Futures Command, the new modernization command that has formed a strategic partnership with The Texas A&M System and led to construction of the BCDC.

Contact: Mike Reilly
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