Ft. Rucker breaks ground on new facility

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FORT RUCKER, Ala (WTVY) -- Fort Rucker officials were on the shore of Lake Tholocco Tuesday morning to break ground on a new lake lodge and banquet facility.

The banquet hall has been in the planning stages for years.

Deputy to the Commanding General, William Kidd is happy to see progress.

Kidd says, "Ten years seems like a long time, but when you're building things like this facility, that's not too bad. It'll be a wonderful addition and we're very excited."

Having this new building on post also brings work to the Wiregrass.

Ft Rucker Director of Family Morale, Welfare, and Recreation, Wayne Bardell says, "I would say anywhere between 40 and 50 jobs will be created. Some of those will probably be our spouses but a lot of those will go off to the installation to families and folks living in the Wiregrass communities."

The banquet hall will also serve as a hub for the Army's travel camp program.

Bardell tells us, "This allows soldiers, not just from this installation, soldiers and families. But it will also allow individual soldiers and families to come from Fort Benning and Fort Jackson around the area."

Once the building is complete, opportunities for growth won't be over.

Kidd said, "As this becomes a place where people will come from off the base to here, that it may bring additional jobs in the outside community."

Ft. Rucker is looking to have the building finished by Fall 2019.