BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan--The goal was to build a larger 401st Army Field Support Brigade chapel and have it ready in time for Easter services on Mar. 24. The reality is a new, much larger chapel will host the first service eight days before Easter.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the chapel which is adjacent to brigade headquarters Mar. 16. Ground was broken for the new facility on Feb. 12 and a little more over a month later, services are being held there.

In remarks before the ribbon was cut, Col. Mark A. Paget, 401st AFSB commander, said one of his first conversations with the brigade chaplain was about getting a larger facility.

"People can come together in the chapel to praise the Lord together," he said.

Chaplin (Cpt.) Franklin S. Caldwell, 401st AFSB chaplain said the new chapel will be open 24-hours a day for prayer.

"The facility is a tool," said Chaplain (Col.) Mike Strohm, 1st Theater Sustainment Command chaplain. "It's where people can practice spiritual resiliency and explore growth."

Just before the ribbon was cut, Lt. Col. Joseph M. Parish, 401st chief of staff, uplifted those gathered for the ceremony with his a cappella rendition of "Amazing Grace."