FORT STEWART, Ga. - Soldiers assigned to the Fort Stewart Warrior Transition Battalion have a new place to call home with the opening of the new, $25.1 million barracks complex located across from Fort Stewart's Winn Army Community Hospital.

The 144,600 square-foot complex includes two buildings with two apartment-style floor plans. One plan is a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment with a shared kitchen, living room and laundry room. The second floor plan offers a two-bedroom, one-bath apartment with a shared kitchen. The campus also includes a respite garden area and a special obstacle course to help Soldiers adjust to maneuvering wheelchairs.

"This barracks complex houses 240 Soldiers in some of the finest, most technologically advanced quarters in the United States Army," said WTB Commander Lt. Col. William C. Reitemeyer. "All of the rooms meet or exceed [Americans with Disabilities] compliant standards with wider hallways and doors, and lower countertops. They can also be tailored to accommodate Soldiers with different disabilities, injuries and ailments."

The WTB campus project is managed by the U.S Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District, which oversees military construction on 11 Army and Air Force installations. They provide engineering, design and construction support.

"Our Soldiers and families have sacrificed so much so it's an honor to provide these facilities to them," said Lt. Col. Thomas Woodie, Project Manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District.

Prior to the completion of the project, WTB Soldiers were housed in several modular homes throughout the installation. The new barracks consolidates them into one facility and co-locates them with both the hospital and the Soldier and Family Assistance Center.

The amount of time Soldiers are assigned to the WTB varies due to the complexity and severity of their injury or illness. However, according to Lt. Col. Reitemeyer, it's important to remember that regardless of the complex medical conditions that brought them to the Warrior Transition Battalion, they are Soldiers first and foremost.

"These barracks are the next step toward the final completion of a fully-integrated campus providing the finest care and healing environment for our nation's wounded, ill and injured Soldiers," he said.

The new barracks are part of the $49 million WTB campus project. The final step will be the construction of the battalion headquarters building, which is scheduled to be completed later this year.

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