Denver MEPS returns to permanent location
By Senior Airman Phillip Houk, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published August 07, 2014
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The Denver Military Entrance Processing Station has returned to their newly renovated location at the Denver Federal Center Aug. 4.
The General Services Administration moved the Denver MEPS three years ago after renovations were required at their facility.
"They moved us out because GSA determined there was enough time to renovate the facility," said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Keith Collier, Denver MEPS 3rd Battalion commander. "Now that the renovations are finished, we have been moved back to our original space."
With this move, several changes will happen at the Denver MEPS, allowing a more efficient work environment.
"I have federal marshals and the Federal Protection services securing the facility," Collier said. "At the old facility, we had to set up shifts for security. Now I can have all of my staff dedicating their time to the applicants."
MEPS is one of the first stops every military member makes on their journey, receiving testing, medical physicals and their final oath before training from a single facility. The Denver branch processes more than 200 applicants a day, which allowed very little time for the move. This challenged the staff to move the entire facility quickly.
"We have a very professional organization here, and we have all been looking forward to this move," said U.S. Navy Command Senior Chief Barbara A. Vazquez, 3rd Battalion MEPS senior enlisted advisor. "It's a very challenging move to pack up on Friday and go fully functional on Monday.
"However, us having the team we have, I am confident it will be like we never left this building three years ago," she said.