County of Monmouth

For Immediate Release:
June 19, 2019

Officials break ground on
MAST Naval Science Buildings
Former Fort Hancock barracks to serve as drill center for cadets

SANDY HOOK, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders recently joined the MAST (Marine Academy of Science and Technology) administration, Navy and National Park Service for a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of reconstruction of the former Fort Hancock barracks located on Sandy Hook.

“The four years of planning, negotiations and discussions have finally payed off,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, who leads this renovation project and serves on the Fort Hancock 21st Century Federal Advisory Committee. “Through the cooperative efforts between the Board of Chosen Freeholders, Vocational School District, NJROTC and Gateway National Recreation Area, reconstruction of the 19th century, historical structures will commence and nurture the growth of 21st century teenagers and generations of cadets to come.”

Naval Science Building 56, the smaller building, will house storage space for more than $1 million worth of Navy uniforms and equipment. Building 23 will hold classrooms, a gymnasium, showers and other facilities for the cadets. Both buildings are anticipated to open in September 2021.

“There is already such rich history here at Fort Hancock as it once fortified and accommodated our courageous United States Army,” said Freeholder Burry. “I am so pleased that our collaborative, reconstruction project will continue to write history.”

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Left to right: Shawn Welch, Army Ground Forces Association Member and Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee; Freeholder Lillian G. Burry and Captain Pierre Fuller, United States Navy Commanding Officer

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