The memorial is to occupy a three-acre parcel at the ArlingtonNaval Annex. The location was decided upon after much ado about thefirst site proposal, which would have placed the commemorativeproject on two acres at Arlington Ridge, just 200 yards away formthe Iwo Jima Memorial and the Netherlands Carillon Memorial. Thesettled upon locale--which, until just a few months ago, served ashome to the Missile Defense Agency--will ultimately feature amonument of three soaring curved spires, a contemplation chamber,the Air Force Members Chamber, a seating area, walkways and roomfor parking.

"The competition was very competitive and all competing firmswere highly qualified and capable of building the Air ForceMemorial," Foundation president Maj. Gen (Ret.) Edward Grillonotes. "At the end of the day, Centex simply had the edge in manyof the evaluation areas, and their personnel certainly displayedtheir core values of integrity, ownership, passion, significance,teamwork and enjoyment. They were recommended as the firm of choiceto the Board of Trustees." Development of the memorial is on targetto reach completion in 2006.

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