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MPRI opening draws stars Print

February 10, 2007 - By Henry Cuningham - military editor

MPRI, a private company that works with the U.S. military around the world, on Friday officially opened its Fayetteville office with civic leaders and two three-star generals from Fort Bragg sitting on the front row.

“We see this as being a strategic move, a move of great importance to not only the company but to this city,” said retired Gen. Buck Kernan.

MPRI has headquarters in Alexandria, Va., and provides national security, defense and law enforcement services in the United States and in 33 countries overseas.

The company offers expertise and training in everything from driving to marksmanship to emergency management.

Also offering greetings Friday were Fayetteville Mayor Tony Chavonne and Breeden Blackwell, vice chairman of the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners, and Rebecca Eastman-Jackson, a board member of the Cumberland County Business Council.

“We’ve always recognized 18th Airborne Corps and U.S. Army Special Operations Command and Fort Bragg being the center of the universe right here,” Kernan said.

“With Forces Command and U.S. Army Reserve Command moving here, we also recognize that there is going to be additional opportunities here in service to our nation and the troops that support our nation, and MPRI wants to be a part of that.”

Kernan, who lives in Moore County, is senior vice president and general manager of International Group, MPRI Inc. The retired four-star general is a former commander of Fort Bragg and the 18th Airborne Corps.
Second careers

Kernan said MPRI offers opportunities for second careers to military personnel, who are usually in the early 40s when they are eligible for retirement benefits after 20 years in uniform.

Retired Col. Joe Adamczyk is the project manager of the Fayetteville office. Randy Anderson is the general manager for the national group and has ties to the 18th Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, Kernan said.

“This will grow and grow exponentially,” Kernan said.

The office is at 225 Ray Ave. in the Fayetteville Festival Plaza office building, across from the Cumberland County Headquarters Library.
Based in New York

MPRI is part of L-3 Communications, which has corporate headquarters in New York. Kernan said L-3 is the sixth-largest defense contractor in the United States with about a $12 billion operation and 40,000 employees.

Kernan recognized Lt. Gen. Lloyd Austin, commander of Fort Bragg and the 18th Air borne Corps, and Lt. Gen. Robert Wagner, commander of U.S. Army Special Operations Command, and others in uniform.

“An awful lot of what we do is in direct support of them and their very important mission,” Kernan said.

He also recognized retired Gen. James J. Lindsay, a former commander of Fort Bragg and the 18th Airborne Corps.

“He is one of the original plankowners of MPRI and had a vision for how this company started,” Kernan said.

Lindsay, who lives in Moore County, was the first commander in chief of U.S. Special Operations Command at Tampa, Fla.

“They are going to provide some unique opportunities for people transitioning out of the Army,” Lindsay said after the ceremony. “MPRI is a real solid company that’s doing extraordinarily well.”

Retired Gen. Carl Vuono, former Army chief of staff and 82nd Airborne Division artillery commander, has been the president of MPRI since 1999. He also is president of L-3 Communications’ Government Services Group. 

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