By Spc. M. Benjamin Gable, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade PAOAugust 27, 2008
Camp Eagle Soldiers and Family members celebrated the grand opening of their new Community Activities Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 18.
Among those in attendance were Col. Joseph A. Bassani, commander of 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, and Col. John Dumoulin, commander of USAG Humphreys and Area III.
Dumoulin opened the ceremony by noting the hard work and dedication needed to complete the renovation of the CAC.
"We want to do anything we can to help improve the quality of life within the community," said Dumoulin. "And this new Community Activities Center will help us do that."
Bassani then joined Soldiers, KATUSAs and family members for the ceremonial ribbon-cutting.
The new CAC wasn't always the place place to be. The building was once used as a component repair facility for maintenance and repairs.
However, with the renovation complete, the CAC will now provide the Camp Eagle community with a place for rest and entertainment. The new CAC offers a movie and television room, ping pong and pool tables, a reading room and video game center. There is also a music room for practice and play.
According to Cpl. Jason Lavender, an Apache maintainer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd CAB, it means so much to Soldiers who have lived at Camp Eagle in the past to now have a place to relieve some of the everyday stresses. Lavender has been stationed at Camp Eagle for two years and remembers when they didn't even have a Commissary.
"The new CAC will really boost the morale of Soldiers living here," he said. "We are all excited to be able to finally have a place like this."
The new Community Activities Center is just the latest of what Camp Eagle will offer its community.
A new library is currently being constructed on the top floor of the CAC and will give Soldiers and Family members a place to surf the Internet and check out books. A new coffee shop is also in the works.
Camp Eagle Morale, Welfare, and Recreation will also use the CAC to promote its many activities such as trips to the ski resorts near the base. Though other bases may have more amenities, Camp Eagle is quietly becoming a favorite.
"Camp Eagle is one of the best secrets in the Army," said Capt. Bryan Zesiger, commander of Co. D., 1st Bn., 2nd Regiment Aviation Attack Regiment, 2nd CAB, whose Family was in attendance for the ceremony. "We now have something for everybody."