FBI to Bring Nearly 1,400 Jobs to Army Base in Alabama

Interior of NASA barge Pegasus at Redstone Arsenal dock in Huntsville, Ala., delivering the engine section test article for NASA's Space Launch System to Marshall Space Flight Center Tuesday, May 16, 2017, after a month long trip from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. (Bob Gathany/AL.com via AP)
Interior of NASA barge Pegasus at Redstone Arsenal dock in Huntsville, Ala., delivering the engine section test article for NASA's Space Launch System to Marshall Space Flight Center Tuesday, May 16, 2017, after a month long trip from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. (Bob Gathany/AL.com via AP)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Officials say the FBI will bring hundreds of jobs to an Army base in Alabama as part of an expansion including the agency's first large-scale operations support building.

News outlets report the FBI announced the expansion Thursday at Redstone Arsenal just outside Huntsville. Robert Hamilton, FBI senior executive for Redstone, says it will move nearly 1,400 personnel and contractors from the Washington, D.C., region. The FBI has roughly 300 employees working on its two campuses at Redstone.

Hamilton announced the plans during a presentation to business and community leaders at an annual update. He said the building is expected to be ready for occupancy in early 2021.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle says it is anticipated that the FBI expansion at the arsenal will ultimately reach between 4,000 and 5,000 jobs.

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