REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The U.S. Army Materiel Command and the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command hosted a cafeteria groundbreaking ceremony here, Dec. 17, to feed its roughly 1,700 employees.

The cafeteria marks another milestone of AMC's commitment to the quality of life, Maj. Gen. Frank D. Turner, USASAC's commander stated. He referenced the headquarters and its state of the art technology as the first milestone and the recently added parade field too.

"What today is all about is people," Gen. Dennis L. Via, AMC's commander said. "We want to make sure you have a place to share a meal, share a coffee with a co-worker and a place to relax."

The cafeteria will be a detached facility of about 4,100 square feet with a full service kitchen. Construction is expected to be completed by November 2013.

Col. John Hamilton, Redstone Arsenal garrison commander, gave remarks thanking the senior leaders for their attendance stating it represented their commitment to quality of life.

Gen. Dennis L. Via, AMC's commander; Lt. Gen. Patricia E. McQuistion, AMC's deputy commanding general; John B. Nerger, AMC's executive deputy to the commanding general; and Maj. Gen. Frank D. Turner, USASAC's commander all participated in the ceremonial groundbreaking alongside Stephan Jones, Robin Warren, Ingrid Qualls, and Marticia Banks-Booker representing the AMC and USASAC workforce.