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By Terri Bernhardt

Government, military and M&S industry leaders gathered on October 28th to celebrate the opening of a new partnership building that will strengthen the growing hub that is quickly becoming the center of attention for creative and successful key elements in the safety of our national defense.

(left to right):  Capt. William (Roto) Reuter (US Navy);  Rep. Dean Cannon; Sen. Dan Webster; Dr. John Hitt (University of Central Florida), Adm. Tim Alexander, Mayor Rich Crotty, Mr. Ken Wheeler (US Army), Col. David Smith (US Marine Corps) and Mr. Sam Fragapane (US Air Force).

(left to right): Capt. William (Roto) Reuter (US Navy); Rep. Dean Cannon; Sen. Dan Webster; Dr. John Hitt (University of Central Florida), Adm. Tim Alexander, Mayor Rich Crotty, Mr. Ken Wheeler (US Army), Col. David Smith (US Marine Corps) and Mr. Sam Fragapane (US Air Force).

The new building, follows Partnerships I & II, is the largest of the three and accommodates University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation and Training (IST), USMC’s Program Manager for Training Systems (PM TRASYS), National Center for Simulation (NCS), Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), and more. The $20 million 118,860-square-foot Partnership III building also provides space for UCF’s new high-performance computing labs as well as labs for research in physical and biological sciences. Speakers at the dedication included RADM Tim Alexander, Navy Region Southeast; Dean Cannon, speaker-designate of the Florida House of Representatives; retired State Senator and UCF Board of Trustees member Dan Webster and Orange County Mayor Richard Crotty.

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