Fort Rucker officials break ground for new sports bar during ceremony
From left, Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Dwaine Walters; Col. Yvette Kelley, garrison commander; Maj. Gen. James O. Barclay III, USAACE and Fort Rucker commanding general; and CW5 Jeffrey Reichard, Aviation Branch Chief Warrant Officer, break ground for Mother Rucker's March 22. The new sports bar, to be located off Fifth Avenue, should be open in about six months.

FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Officials broke ground March 22 on the construction site for the post's newest sports bar, Mother Rucker's.

Leaders gathered at the Fifth Avenue site, near the InterContinental Hotels Group building, to share their plans for the facility and noted Mother Rucker's will provide Soldiers and spouses a convenient and enjoyable atmosphere.

"This is the perfect location for patrons to stop in for a good time with friends and coworkers," said Col. Yvette Kelley, garrison commander. "It will make Fort Rucker an even better place to live and work."

Maj. Gen. James O. Barclay III, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker commanding general, expressed his gratitude for the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff's project in support of the Army Family Covenant.

"This is a great sign of improvement," said Barclay. "This is one of many ongoing MWR projects. We're not stopping improvement to take care of Soldiers and Families."

Building the 4,000 square-foot bar started Tuesday and should take about six months, according to Timothy Laster, DFMWR director. Pound Construction Company contractors, from Columbus, Ga., are leading the project.

Planned features include adult beverages, hamburger and hotdog bars and an outdoor patio, according to Frank Zerbinos, DFMWR business operations chief.

Tying in installation legacies is also key, and Zerbinos plans to decorate Mother Rucker's with shadow boxes representing each unit here. The boxes first existed in the former Dawn Patrol, now The Landing Zone.

"This will be a great casual facility, especially for Soldiers to come and relax at the end of the day," Laster said. "We're designing it for them. It will embody a lot of history of Fort Rucker."

Giving Soldiers a place to enjoy themselves is DFMWR's goal.

"MWR's mission is to support Soldiers and their Families and Mother Rucker's will give us a great venue to do that," said Vicky Tonn, The Landing Zone bingo and promotions manager.

Zerbinos agreed with Barclay and Tonn, and said Mother Rucker's embodies the Army Family Covenant, which promises to take care of military Families.

"I believe this supports the Army Family Covenant through providing a safe, entertaining and contemporary facility that offers the quality of life that many facilities off post offer to those our Soldiers are sworn to defend," he said. "Our facilities should be as good, if not better than those, because our Soldiers are second to none."

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