FORT RILEY, Kan. - At 11 a.m. on Jan. 27, the Soldier and Family Assistance Center located in Building 671A was full of people.

A birthday cake sat in wait on a table with a white tablecloth decorated in colorful balloons, all in anticipation of celebrating the SFAC's first birthday.

L'Tanya Pugh, outreach program coordinator of the SFAC, said, "This is wonderful."

Although it has been a trying year, Pugh said it has been well worth it to help Soldiers and their Families.

Col. Lee Merritt, commander of the Warrior Transition Battalion, got the privilege of cutting the cake and handing out the first piece. Other goodies set out included a bowl of punch, brownies and cookies.

During the celebration, Merritt also presented Yvette Montes with a certificate and pin in recognition of her contributions to the SFAC.

The SFAC offers Soldiers in the WTB and their Family member's computers to use a large screen TV, fax machine, book swap and other services. Couches, chairs and tables in the building give Soldiers and Families a place to relax.

In addition to providing entertainment and relaxation, the facility also coordinates services like financial counseling, Army wounded warrior advocacy, child and youth services assistance, and military personnel benefits and services.

The center is open from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and is located not just in Building 671A but also in building 673A. For more information, call 239-8430, 239-8344 or go to and click on the Warrior Transition Battalion link on the left. From there, follow the link to the Soldier and Family Assistance Center.