Soldier Center Opens

 

Written by Sgt. Scott Faddis

 

   

Spc. Jennifer Kelly, Spc. Darrell Willson, and Spc. Scott Campbell cut the ribbon to open the new Soldier Center.
U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Scott Faddis

Spc. Jennifer Kelly, Spc. Darrell Willson, and Spc. Scott Campbell cut the ribbon to open the new Soldier Center.

Camp Williams- The soldiers visiting and working at Camp Williams will now have another place to relax.  The new soldier center, building 622, was officially opened as a place for soldiers to go and blow off steam.

The new soldier center fills a long time need at Camp Williams.  There are not many entertainment options for soldiers at Camp Williams, because it is primarily a National Guard base. There is typically “200-300 students on the ground each week” at the 640th Regiment (RTI) according to Command Sgt. Maj. Craig Hone, the 640th Regional Training Command Sgt. Major. These soldiers come from Arizona, California, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Montana, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam.

In this room soldiers will be able to play X-BOX to blow off some steam.
U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Scott Faddis

In this room soldiers will be able

to play X-BOX to blow off some

steam. 

The center was built with the 640th RTI soldiers in mind, as well as the National Guard soldiers that will be at Camp Williams over their weekend drills and annual trainings.  The center will also be available to the full-time staff working at Camp Williams. 

“The soldier center was built to give the soldiers at Camp Williams a place where they could go to relax and watch TV and play some games, other than the NCO club or the barracks,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Dell Smith, state Command Sgt. Major. 

The center has separated areas for the soldiers to: watch TV, play X-BOX, read and study, play board games, check their e-mails, and make phone calls.  The phones will be a great improvement because “most of the phones around Camp are outside,” said Smith.

The center has been a work in progress over the last year.  Spc. Jennifer Kelly, administrative assistant to the state Command Sgt. Major, ended up doing much of the leg work for this project.  According to Kelly the building needed to have a lot of work to turn it into the soldier center today.  “The building needed walls built, partitions installed, and new carpet.  The building has a keypad to give access to Sgt. Majors throughout the state,” said Kelly. 

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) donated a lot of the products that will be used in the center.  “AAFES donated a JVC TV and a nice sound system as well as giving us good deals on everything we had to buy,” said Kelly. 

In this room soldiers will be able to play board games like chess and Monopoly.
U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Scott Faddis

In this room soldiers will be able to play board games like chess and Monopoly. 

“It will be a great place for soldiers to go.  Everything in it is very nice and very comfortable,” said Smith.  “I hope that soldiers use the heck out of it.”   

Command Sgt. Maj. Dell Smith

“People who don’t want to associate at the club had no other place to go other than the barracks. 

“its time that they have a very nice place to relax and to make phone calls.  Every soldier that goes to Camp Williams will be able to go there.

 

(Left to Right) Brig. Gen Stanley Gordon, Command Sgt. Maj. Dell Smith, Spc. Jennifer Kelly, Spc. Scott Campbell, Spc. Darrell Willson, and Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet all at the ribbon cutting ceremony.
U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Scott Faddis

(Left to Right) Brig. Gen Stanley Gordon, Command Sgt. Maj. Dell Smith, Spc. Jennifer Kelly, Spc. Scott Campbell, Spc. Darrell Willson, and Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet all at the ribbon cutting ceremony.