FORT HOOD — The Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel officially completed its campus this week with the opening of its Youth Activity Center and the adjacent Chaplain Family Life Training Center.
Religious leaders of various faith backgrounds toured the following a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday.
The entire campus is a $28 million project that covers more than 100,000 square feet, making it the largest spiritual center in the Army, said Col. Bill Phillips, garrison chaplain.
More than 20,000 people participated in the chapel’s programs last year, and the facility serves as a central location for the installations’s 13 chapels.
Brig. Gen. Charles Bailey, Army deputy chief of chaplains, said he hopes the center has a “very strong” and “dramatic” impact on military families.
“It answers the major issue within the military culture,” Bailey said. “With the return of forces back from the Middle East and areas like that, family structures are really at peril now because (they don’t know) how a healthy family (that’s not deploying) looks like.”
Chaplains at the center, which is only one of three in the Army, offer marriage counseling and other programs to help parents and children learn what a stable family looks likes.
“It’s a very crucial time in the history of our Army,” Bailey said. “The Army needs (this center) desperately right now to heal and rejuvenate the forces to get them back into a normal lifestyle and culture that’s healthy.”