FORT LEE, VA. (June 3, 2010) -- The 49th Quartermaster Group celebrated the opening of new barracks (building 8408) with a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 25.

The nearly $7 million facility is primarily for junior enlisted Soldiers, up to E-5, who are part of the 49th QM Group, said Col. M.C. Stephen Cherry IV, 49th QM Group commander.

Soldiers have been moving to the new facility since March, said Cherry during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Two rooms share a bathroom and kitchen area in the new barracks, and there is space for 64 Soldiers.

"This is a first-rate, world-class facility for the Soldiers," said Cherry. "We owe this to our Soldiers. It\'s a great facility."

During the ceremony, Sgt. Alex Brustmann, Pfc. Eric Arguiless and Pvt. Gianna Rose, all from the 111th QM Company, 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 49th QM Group, participated as the oldest Soldier in the barracks, youngest Soldier in the barracks and a Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers representative, respectively.

Cherry said the world-class facility is part of one of his goals for his Soldiers.

"Taking care of Soldiers is our No. 1 priority," said Cherry, "and quality of life is very important to the 49th QM Group Command Team."