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Fort Bragg's new 82nd Airborne Division chapel and 2 clinics near opening

Construction is complete on the 82nd Airborne Division chapel and two medical clinics on Fort Bragg.

The chapel will open for holiday services, said Lt. Col. Virginia McCabe, a division spokeswoman. A dedication is tentatively planned for the second week in January after troops return from the holidays, she said.

"It's really something to see," said Col. Bruce Sanborn, Fort Bragg's garrison commander.

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He discussed the projects at the quarterly meeting of the Regional Land Use Advisory Commission, which works to find ways to avoid conflicts between civilian growth and development and military activity.

The $13.5 million chapel is the first chapel erected at Fort Bragg since the Vietnam War, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The chapel replaces the Division Memorial Chapel on Ardennes at Bastogne Drive. The replacement chapel seats 629, twice as many as the old chapel, corps officials said.

The 22,600-square-foot complex includes a worship and activity center, expansion area, gathering area, lobby, clergy and staff offices, baptistery and sacristy suites, meditation and reconciliation room, kitchen, choir room, nursery and vestibules, the corps said.

The replacement chapel is part of the $1 billion-plus rebuilding of Fort Bragg's 82nd Airborne Division area that began in 1994, Sanborn said.

Construction continues on the replacement for the division headquarters next to the current headquarters on Ardennes Street. Completion is scheduled for late summer or early fall, he said.

Clinics

The Womack Health and Support Center and the Troop Medical Clinic are scheduled to open for patients in February, said Shannon Lynch, a spokeswoman for Womack Army Medical Center.

The Army Corps of Engineers' Savannah District worked with the Army Health Facility Planning Agency on the design and construction of the clinics.

The $14.7 million Womack Health and Support Center is on the All American Expressway side of the medical center. The 63,500-square-foot clinic will provide behavioral health, social work and family advocacy services for soldiers and their family members. The building will house Womack's Directorate of Business Operations.

The clinic has a walking trail and garden areas.

"The north side of the building is constructed of transparent and frosted glass, which will provide views of the garden areas and existing wetlands from the patient waiting rooms," a statement from the Corps of Engineers said.

The $15.3 million Troop Medical Clinic is at Knox and Woodruff streets. The clinic will replace the Pope Health Clinic on Fort Bragg's Pope Field, Lynch said.

The 50,000-square-foot clinic will provide outpatient medical care to active-duty Army and Air Force personnel and their family members stationed at Fort Bragg. Services will include primary care, allergy/immunization, optometry, physical exam, pharmacy, radiology and laboratory services.

cuninghamh@fayobserver.com

 

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