FORT BRAGG, N.C. (April 29, 2011) With construction of their new training facility 76 percent complete, The Army Ground Forces Band's Soldiers are feeling very, very good about their move into their 18,748-square-foot, state-of-the-art building.

"I was having mixed feelings about coming here, but now that I've seen this building in person and realize what all it has to offer, I'm 110 percent ready to make the move," said Sgt. 1st Class John Ellis, who got a tour of the site when he was in Fayetteville, N.C., to perform with the bandAca,!a,,cs Jazz Guardians, April 22.

"This is great! It'll be the first band building I've served in that was not built before the 20th century." observed Sgt. Eric Perry while taking the same tour with Ellis.

"I'm excited and ecstatic about this world-class facility," declared Sgt. Maj. Leander Singletary after conducting an inspection on April 25. "It's certainly fitting for a band that has the prestige and significance that ours does."

The Army Ground Forces Band, also known as the 214th Army Band, provides musical support for the ArmyAca,!a,,cs largest command, U.S. Army Forces Command (www.forscom.army.mil).

Organized in 1845, its history (http://go.usa.gov/bIo) includes distinguished service in the Mexican War in Civil War, the War with Spain, the Philippine Insurrection, and both World Wars. The band fought with the victorious Third Division, which spearheaded the Battle of the Marne in July of 1918. During World War II, the band participated in the Aleutian Islands operation of May 1943.

The band's honors include 26 campaign streamers and the French Croix de Guerre with silver gilt star.

The band will move in June with FORSCOM in accordance with the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure legislation.

For more information on the Army Ground Forces Band, visit www.forscom.army.mil/band.

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