Pope Field will soon be able to offer even more to military Families located in the Fort Bragg, Pope and Simmons Army Airfield areas. The new Family Readiness Center will be located at Pope Field in the old Pope Club building. The building is currently be renovated and is expected to be ready sometimes between the end of November and early 2013.
The center will feature a large conference room that can seat up to 500 people and can be divided with collapsible walls into as many as three conference rooms, that can hold about 160 people each. Two classrooms will also be able to accommodate about 50 people each and each will be audiovisual and video teleconference equipped. There will also be a computer lab with 12 computer drops available for Families to access the Internet. Kids of Site will also offer child care.
“The center is to provide support to units that are deploying or re-deploying as well as provide support to all FRGs and Family support programs,” explained David Stamper, mobilization and deployment program manager, Army Community Service.
“This will be an excellent location for units to use when preparing warriors and Families for deployment and reintegration. (As well as) an excellent location for resource fairs and other large or small deployment events.”
Stamper added that the Family Readiness Center will be able to hold up to five Family support events at a time and that the center will also be used by ACS to provide training in an area large enough to handle the numbers the units have been requesting.
“This new center will tremendously help all the Family support personnel throughout Fort Bragg when it comes to locating a facility large enough to conduct training,” Stamper said.
Once the facility is opened, normal business hours will be 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Later hours and weekends can be coordinated for FRG and Family support functions.