By Sgt. Richard Wrigley

1st Cavalry Division public affairs

Soldiers of the 615th Aviation Support Battalion, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, moved into new barracks July 20.

The rumor of the move off of West Fort Hood began long before their deployment to Afghanistan, but didn't prove true until months after their return. They are the first battalion of the brigade to move into the newly built barracks on the east side of post.

"It seems that they are very eager to move into their new rooms," said Sgt. Kevin Schoonmaker, a native of Van Etten, N.Y., and a barracks manager within the 1st Sergeants Barracks Management Program for the brigade's 4th Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment.

Schoonmaker explained that while the barracks were new and completely furnished, having the rooms in top condition is not the only benefit the soldiers have with the new housing.

"I think one of the best parts about this transition is that these soldiers are finally getting a place they can take a breather in, just kick back and relax a little bit, and not have to move around anytime soon," said Schoonmaker.

Pfc. Ishmael El, a motor transport operator, signed for his key and was pleased with his new accommodations.

"There's a stove, the bathroom's nice, even the closet looks better than the old barracks," elaborated El, a Philadelphia native. "This place is like a hotel room. There's a lot more space here than my old room; you can do a lot of things with this room."

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