Army and Air Force officials break ground on new clinic

From left, Brig. Gen. Ronald E. Jolly Sr., 82nd Training Wing commander, Col. Kevin McCal, 82nd Medical Group commander, Col. Christopher Hussin, Army Corps of Engineering, Tulsa District, commander, and Sandra Ross, representing 13th Congressional District Rep. Mac Thornberry, turn spades of dirt to cermoniously mark the beginning of the new $79 million 82nd Medical Group clinic construction project at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 10, 2018. The new clinic, which will be at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Avenue G, should be completed and open by the end of 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Ingle)

Army, Air Force and Congressional representatives joined together to break ground during a ceremony for the new 82nd Medical Group clinic on Sheppard AFB Sept. 10, 2018.

According to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District Commander COL Chris Hussin, this project will modernize medical care capacity at Sheppard while significantly reducing the operations and maintenance expenses currently required to maintain the existing facility originally built here in 1963.

This artist’s rendering provides a glimpse to the future of medical care at the site of a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction for the 82nd Medical Group’s new clinic at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 10, 2018. The $79-million project should be complete by the end of 2020. Another $15 million has been earmarked to purchase equipment as well as cover the costs of demolishing the existing clinic structure. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Ingle)

“Today marks the continuation of our strong partnership with the Air Force,” said Hussin. “We are working hard to deliver on this strategically important project and meet our partner’s needs — now and into the future.”

In his remarks to those attending the ceremony, 82nd Training Wing Commander Brig. Gen. Ronald E. Jolly Sr. spoke of how historically important the event was for Sheppard’s medical personnel and the people they serve as construction gets underway on the $79-million projected slated for completion by the end of 2020.

“The 82nd Medical Group provides comprehensive health services for two wings, including 20,000 beneficiaries here at Sheppard Air Force Base and the surrounding area,” said Jolly.

“I would like to take credit and say the 82nd is going to build this facility, but we’re not,” added Jolly. “Our outstanding Army Corps of Engineers mission partners, as our brothers and sisters in arms, will take over from here and make sure we have an outstanding facility. So thank you to the Army Corps of Engineers.”

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