The Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 452 (VMGR-452) is a reserve United States Marine Corps KC-130T/KC130J squadron. They are based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York and fall under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 49 (MAG-49) and the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing (4th MAW).
The Mission of the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 452 is a unique and vital mission to the Nation. This specialized unit of Marines supports Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) by providing air-to-air refueling and assault support.
This is why when their Commander needed help renovating hangers and upgrading a Marine Corps Barracks, New York District jumped at the opportunity to support such a key mission in its own area of responsibility.
VMGR-452 badly needed an overhaul of their maintenance hangers, which are important to ensure their fleet of aircraft stay operational, they also needed repairs and upgrades to the machine shops and other areas that support their mission. In response, USACE mobilized Charleston District to facilitate this project, as Charleston District handles all USACE Military Reserve contracting and work. Charleston District then contacts the local district to oversee the project, in this case, New York District, West Point Field Office.
New York District immediately got to work renovating buildings 300, 301, 302, and 204 on Stewart ANG Base. USACE is renovating the HVAC systems in these buildings to ensure climate control and proper flow of air for Marines working in and around them. USACE is also overhauling the entire electrical systems in these buildings, as they are severely outdated. New lights, new ceilings, new paint, from top to bottom these buildings will be completely renovated.
The Marines also needed to upgrade and repair a barracks in the Marine Corps enclave at Stewart that is home to over 200 Marines. A large portion of the time Marines spend off duty is on the enclave. The facility is home to a gym, space for the practice of martial arts, lounges and common living areas, as well as a leisure and gaming area, all of which New York District is helping to maintain and improve. The Barracks are over 30 years old and needed many improvements from new lighting, plumbing, ventilation systems, work on the cooling and heating systems, as well as other cosmetic upgrades.
The Corps got to work immediately, making repairs and installing a state of the art solar power system which will ensure years of clean energy for the Marines, and keep the enclave energy efficient for decades to come.
The Corps will continue to keep the Marine Corps Barracks at Stewart ANG Base operating and maintained as a long-term maintenance contract has been facilitated though Charleston District. Both missions will greatly improve the quality of life for the Marines who call Stewart Air National Guard Base home.
Along with projects in the Bronx, NY and others, New York District will continue to assist the United States Marine Corps in their military mission by bolstering its ground, aviation, amphibious, and recruiting efforts around the world.