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07/29/05

New Housing Opening on Base

Base housing can be old, dilapidated and falling apart. And our military families live there. But those conditions are about to change at Hunter Army Airfield. Entire new neighborhoods are being built. Now the only thing left for these families to do is move in.

"It's more space, because we're kind of crammed where we are now so we don't have to live out of boxes any more," said military spouse LaTonya Talbott.

And LaTonya's family be living in one of the many new homes that come with a minimum of three bedrooms and two bathrooms. While they get ready to move in a couple of days, LaTonya says the toughest part about settling into her new place is not having her husband by her side.

"It's very hard, but we just take it one day at a time," she said.

Deployed overseas, many soldiers like LaTonya's husband will be coming back from Iraq to new homes they haven't even seen yet.

"This is a huge quality of life issue for the soldier," said Col. Carl Coffman, the garrison commander. "What we ask the soldier to do and more importantly what we ask his family to do while he's deployed down range, this is great for his family."

Now all those families members have to do is decide which rooms they're getting. While LaTonya's twins--Denisha and Tranesha--toss a coin to see who gets which room, this family does agree on one thing.

"I think it's bigger, it's a better space than what we have now, so it will be good," Tranesha said.

Both Hunter Army Airfield and Fort Stewart will be opening the doors to hundreds of new homes throughout the year, so this is just the beginning.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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