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Brig. Gen. Vincent E. Boles, commander of the 3rd Corps Support Command, helps a child don a hard hat to get ready to break the ground for a new $3.6 million Child Development Center on Wiesbaden Army Airfield on Thursday. The new CDC, a project being managed by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is slated for completed in December 2005.

Brig. Gen. Vincent E. Boles, commander of the 3rd Corps Support Command, helps a child don a hard hat to get ready to break the ground for a new $3.6 million Child Development Center on Wiesbaden Army Airfield on Thursday. The new CDC, a project being managed by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is slated for completed in December 2005. (Courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Brig. Gen. Vincent E. Boles, commander of the 3rd Corps Support Command, helps a child don a hard hat to get ready to break the ground for a new $3.6 million Child Development Center on Wiesbaden Army Airfield on Thursday. The new CDC, a project being managed by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is slated for completed in December 2005.

Brig. Gen. Vincent E. Boles, commander of the 3rd Corps Support Command, helps a child don a hard hat to get ready to break the ground for a new $3.6 million Child Development Center on Wiesbaden Army Airfield on Thursday. The new CDC, a project being managed by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is slated for completed in December 2005. (Courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Four-year-old children help break ground for a new $3.6 million Child Development Center on Wiesbaden Army Airfield, Germany. The 221st Base Support Battalion's new 26,000-square-foot CDC will provide the latest in child-care facilities and accommodate up to 300 children.

Four-year-old children help break ground for a new $3.6 million Child Development Center on Wiesbaden Army Airfield, Germany. The 221st Base Support Battalion's new 26,000-square-foot CDC will provide the latest in child-care facilities and accommodate up to 300 children. (Courtesy of U.S. Army)

The military community in Wiesbaden, Germany, will soon get new child development and fitness centers.

Children wearing hard hats and wielding shovels assisted Army officials Thursday in breaking ground on the $3.6 million child development center, according to a release from the 221st Base Support Battalion, based in Wiesbaden.

“We’ve asked those who will benefit most from this new center to help us break ground today,” Lt. Col. Christopher Franks, BSB commander, said in the release.

He said the center will accommodate 300 children, almost doubling the total child-care capacity of all the BSB’s centers.

Brig. Gen. Vincent E. Boles, commander of the 3rd Corps Support Command, based in Wiesbaden, said the center would help troops, too.

“You know what they say, ‘When mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy,’ ” Boles was quoted in the release.

“You just don’t know how hard it is on a deployed soldier when he calls home and his wife’s had a bad day or the kids have had a bad day or she says she can’t get child care. When a soldier calls and his wife is happy and the kids are well cared for, his morale is heightened and he can keep his mind on his mission.”

The 26,000-square-foot center will include a reception area, administrative space, an isolation room, staff lounge, commercial grade kitchen and a laundry. There will also be infant space with a separate crawl area, toddler rooms and rooms for school-aged children.

It is planned for completion by December 2005.

The base also broke ground on a $12.5 million fitness center, located near the airfield dining facility. It will include a gym, racquetball courts, weight room, track, bleachers and locker rooms.

It is scheduled to open in the summer of 2006.


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