CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea (Army News Service, Nov. 21, 2006) - The largest and first barracks with dining facility complex opened at Camp Humphreys Nov. 9.

After calling the occasion a milestone, Lt. Col. John Loefstedt, deputy commander of the Army Corps of Engineer's Far East District, said the facility is a symbol of the Army's commitment to improve quality of life for Soldiers.

"This is a day of firsts," said Col. Scott Berrier, commander, 501st MI Bde. "It is the brigade's first step toward consolidation and moving to Camp Humphreys; the first of many brigade construction projects; and, the first new dining facility to be built at Zoeckler Station in more than 40 years."

The $29.5 million complex consists of two modified 2+2 standard design barracks with space for 408 Soldiers, a standard dining facility with an 800-person capacity, a communication center, upgraded electrical distribution center, fire protection, alarm systems and building information systems.

Support facilities include underground utilities, electrical services, exterior lighting, paving, walks, curbs, gutters, parking, bike racks, dumpster pads, storm drainage and fuel-storage tanks.

Berrier called the combined facility a "great investment to take care of our standing personnel. Our Soldiers will spend many years enjoying these facilities."