Fort Riley, Kansas --
Victory Chapel came one step closer to opening, with a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony Feb. 13 in the chapel sanctuary.
The chapel is located near the Forsyth Community at 2560 Trooper Drive.
Keynote speakers for the event were Brig. Christopher Ghika, 1st Infantry Division deputy commanding general for readiness, and Chap. (Brig. Gen.) Charles Ray Bailey, Army deputy chief of chaplains.
“May Victory Chapel be a physical reminder that the 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley are committed to sustaining Soldier and families in every way,” Ghika said during his speech.
Groundbreaking for the chapel took place Aug. 5, 2012, and con-struction will be completed in February.
“We ask a lot of our Soldiers, we ask them to go places and do a lot of things that are very hard, that will challenge them,” Bailey said. “So, we have to give them an opportunity to become resilient inside, so that they are able to cope with all of those stresses.”
Victory Chapel will assist in offering that opportunity, Bailey added. The facility boasts the following features:
- Seating for 600 people
- Sixteen classrooms
- Four offices
- A Religious Education Resource Center
- Blessed sacrament chapel
- Baptismal pool
- Large kitchen
- Total of 22,500 square feet
Victory Chapel will house the Fort Riley Catholic, Protestant and Jewish congregations and their women’s auxiliaries, religious education and chapel youth programs.
The chapel’s large number of classrooms will enable many religious education programs to take place that previously could not because of space constraints, said Chap. (Lt. Col.) Harry Rauch, garrison chaplain, Fort Riley.
Other chapels at Fort Riley will remain in use for services.
“We will always have more than one chapel within one community,” Bailey said.
Small chapels allow for close-knit communities, while larger chapels accommodate more groups and more people, Bailey said. Both are important for a large Army post.
Services are slated to begin March 9 at the chapel.