FORT CARSON, Colo. — A ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the grand re-opening of the Fort Carson Army Community Service took place Nov. 7, 2022, at 6303 Wetzel Avenue, building 1526.
ACS has been operating out of temporary offices while their building was being renovated.
“Our Army Community Service team was operating essentially across the installation in a number of temporary facilities. Now that they’re here, and everyone knows where they need to go to get those services, they can come right here,” said Maj. Gen. David M. Hodne, commanding general of 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson. “You have to break a lot of eggs to get an omelet.”
The renovation took 25 months at a cost of $5.9 million.
Joe Wyka, director of Public Works, said that this was a game changing project and that it was fun to work with other agencies to improve their facilities.
“We are really committed to working together with our garrison partners and others to bring this to reality,” said Wyka. “We are super proud and hope it is a great home for (ACS).”
With the new design of the building, the ACS staff is excited to be able to help military Families more efficiently because now they are in one building and not spread-out across the installation.
“One of the things I like about the new building is it seems to be a more efficient use of the space,” said Celsa Day, Army Volunteer Corps Program manager. “The offices and the configuration are really great.”
One big change to the building’s layout is the additional space allocated for community partners.
“Our grand opening at ACS is not only a milestone in our ACS legacy here at Fort Carson, but it is a critical pivot in our service delivery to the community. The renovation allowed us to create new working office space for many community partners,” said Kristen Kea, Army Community Service division chief. “It gives us a lot of different options.”
Hodne said ACS plays a major role in making the units on Fort Carson more prepared to perform their duties.
“I’ve seen an impact. What our Army Community Service team does day in and day out, the tens of thousands of Soldiers and their Family members the Army Community Service team has helped is really remarkable,” said Hodne. “I do sincerely believe that’s what makes our Army Ready.”