Great Place thrives in 2023, unveils exciting initiatives for 2024

By Col. Lakicia Stokes, Fort Cavazos Garrison CommanderJanuary 10, 2024

Photo of the III Corps Headquarters, on Fort Cavazos, Texas.

"Fort Cavazos is poised for an outstanding year in 2024, building upon the successes of the past year and introducing exciting initiatives aimed at elevating quality of life,” said Col. Lakicia Stokes, Garrison Commander-Fort Cavazos.
Photo of the III Corps Headquarters, on Fort Cavazos, Texas.

"Fort Cavazos is poised for an outstanding year in 2024, building upon the successes of the past year and introducing exciting initiatives aimed at elevating quality of life,” said Col. Lakicia Stokes, Garrison Commander-Fort Cavazos. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Blair Dupre)
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FORT CAVAZOS, Texas — In a year marked by tremendous achievements, Fort Cavazos has demonstrated unwavering commitment to enhancing the lives of its military community. The completion of 2023 initiatives improved the infrastructure and added new dimensions to the well-being and recreational experiences of Soldiers, civilians and their families.

Reflections on 2023: Building a strong foundation

Living Area

For unaccompanied housing, Fort Cavazos spearheaded the renovation of seven barracks across the installation. In addition, contracts were awarded for the design and construction of new barracks, #101 for 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, and #102 for 1st Cavalry Division. For family housing, 3,000 roofs were replaced on homes and 475 homes were renovated. More than 50 new homes in Heritage Heights have been built, reinforcing the commitment to supporting junior enlisted Soldiers and their Families.

Work Area

The construction of four Tactical Vehicle Maintenance Shelters has fortified the capability to maintain military vehicles efficiently. Range maintenance and clean-up efforts were executed, emphasizing the importance of a safe and well-maintained training environment.

Recreation, Fitness

From horseback riding to trap and skeet, paddleboarding and paintball, the Warrior Adventure Quest has transformed into a holistic program promoting physical fitness, team building, morale and resilience.

Transportation, Communication

The introduction of the mass transit service, the Cavazos Connector, showcased an innovative approach to transportation, ensuring convenient travel for Soldiers, civilians and their families. Fort Cavazos was selected as a pilot site for the MyArmy Post App, enhancing communication, technology and efficiency within the community.

Reception

Adapting in-processing from four days to five days reflects a thoughtful approach, allowing Soldiers and families the time to acclimate and access necessary resources.

Looking ahead: 2024, year of elevation

Living Area

Fort Cavazos is set to continue its commitment to quality living spaces. Barracks #100, built for 69th ADA Bde., is slated for completion by February, while the renovation of seven barracks is scheduled for completion this summer. More than 230 homes will be demolished in the old Chaffee Village, facilitating the building of 215 new homes in Heritage Heights. The renovation of more than 400 homes in Comanche Village is on the horizon.

Work Area

The Robert Gray Army Airfield Fuel Facility and 1st Air Cavalry Brigade Battalion Headquarters are projected for completion in May and November, respectively. The construction of 69th ADA Bde. Supply Support Activity will be completed by the end of this month. The RGAAF microgrid will also be completed this month, ensuring energy resilience for airfield operations.

Recreation, Fitness

Fort Cavazos is investing in the well-being of its community with a family recreation area in Heritage Heights and the introduction of mountain biking, kayaking and canoeing to the Warrior Adventure Quest this spring. Two gyms on the main post and one at North Fort Cavazos will be accessible 24/7 this spring.

Transportation, Food Services

The Cavazos Connector will achieve initial operational capability in February and full operational capability in March. Exciting changes are coming to Fort Cavazos’ culinary scene. Panera Bread is set to join the 1st Cav. Div. area shoppette. Additionally, a proposal to replace Chili’s with a new restaurant supporting both sit-down and to-go dining is in the works.

Fort Cavazos is poised for an outstanding year in 2024, building upon the successes of the past year and introducing exciting initiatives aimed at elevating quality of life. Fort Cavazos remains steadfast in its commitment to providing a vibrant and supportive community for Soldiers, civilians and their families.