ANSBACH, Germany (October 1, 2021) – A ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony was held on October 1 to celebrate the completion of renovations to the Katterbach Chapel at the United States Army Garrison (USAG) in Ansbach.
âWe ask for your grace as we dedicate this facility to your honor and glory, bestow this grace on our religious support team as we serve and serve our military, army civilians, local nationals and their families. families, our young and old representing all ranks, creeds, races and cultural backgrounds, âsaid Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Scott Bullock as he opened the ball and set the tone for the ceremony with the invocation.
Immediately after the invocation, the chapel bell rang three times to mark the start of the ceremony.
âThe renovation of the chapel over the past 12 months improves the capabilities and success of our mission. Worship, religious education and the practice of spirituality, which chaplains oversee and provide, are the elements of forced multiplication that we provide, âsaid Chaplain (Major) Paul-Anthony Halladay in his address to opening.
âIt’s really nice to come and celebrate this project that took us so long to get here today,â said Col. Karen Hobart, USAG Ansbach Commander. After nearly 10 years, with the renovation project dating back to 2012, the works on the Katterbach Chapel are officially completed.
Due to the need for a major renovation, previous work orders that had been requested could not be fulfilled. They were then combined into a large project which was championed by the garrison chaplains.
Each chaplain assigned to USAG Ansbach since 2012 has continued to advance the project with a total cost of $ 1.5 million until its completion this year.
Some of the work that has been done includes replacing all bathrooms to accommodate the United States Disability Act (ADA), replacing all flooring and plumbing in the building. Other work was carried out: the complete replacement of the electrical distribution line as well as the addition of modern dimmable lighting throughout the building.
âIt was a collaborative effort by many parties to achieve this result, after nearly 12 months of conducting and temporarily hosting church services at the gymnasium,â Hobart said.
The works could not have been completed without the help of the partners of the USAG Ansbach who contributed to the realization of the project, in particular the German Bauamt (National Construction Office), the contractors and the Directorate of Public Works ( DPW).
âWe can now look back on decades of our partnerships with US forces stationed in Germany. A church is a particular challenge, the time and cost objectives were met and the construction was finally possible thanks to the constructive cooperation within the team where everyone mobilized â, said Josef Fiegl, representative of the German Construction Management Administration.
To end the ceremony, Bullock and Hobart cut the ribbon, marking the official reopening of the chapel, and all in attendance gathered to sing “Amazing Grace” as the chapel bell rang again to close.