Families of Army 7th Special Forces Group still settling into new home

Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 11:27 AM.

There also is a large staff to support the teams, from training to coordinating to looking after their families while they are deployed.

At Fort Bragg, they shared a tight space with several other Special Forces groups. The campus there covered 350,000 square feet.

At Eglin, they have about 1.1 million square feet. The headquarters building alone is more than 68,000 square feet, compared to the 20,000 the group had at Fort Bragg.

“We’ve just under tripled our footprint,” said Sgt. 1st Class Michael Jerome, the noncommissioned officer in charge of engineering at the cantonment. “And that doesn’t even include the additions we’re building now.”

At Fort Bragg, each battalion had one central arms room that all 12 companies shared. Now, each company has its own arms room, which eliminates problems with accountability of sensitive items, Jerome said. The size of the team rooms also has doubled.

The group also uses 350 acres for training, and has access to 150 more acres and several ranges on Eglin’s reservation.

The additional space and quality of the cantonment has been a tremendous improvement that was a long time coming, Brownlee said.

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