Camp Kamassa construction cut short due to pandemic

Construction at Camp Kamassa has been cut short due to the pandemic, and the IRT troops are heading home; but not before Crystal Springs Mayor Sally Garland issued a proclamation to them for the great work they have done this year.  Pictured are (front row, from left) Second Lieutenant Eric E. Arnold – 172 Civil Engineering Squadron, Jackson; Staff Sergent Samoya A. Nicholson, the 512th Memorial Affairs Squadron, Dover AFB, Delaware; Master Sergeant Leonardo Caballero, 482nd  Civil Engineering Squadron, Homestead AFB, Florida; Senior Airman Heather M. Williams, 560th RED HORSE Squadron, Charleston AFB, South Carolina; Airman First Class Sianea N. Baker and Airman First Class Simone K. Johnson, both of the 512th Memorial Affairs Squadron, Dover AFB, Delaware; (middle row) Chief Master Sergeant Stacy A. Gilman, 560th RED HORSE Squadron, Charleston AFB, South Carolina; Technical Sergeant Mercedes A. McCoy Garrett; Staff Sergeant Omar O. Hall; Staff Sergeant Alex O. Shirley; Senior Airman Zaida L. Munchower; (back row) Crystal Springs Alderman Steve Singleton, Mayor Sally Garland, and Crystal Springs Municipal Clerk Kim Vaughn.


By Tricia Nelson
Year three of Camp Kamassa’s multi-year construction began in early March and was scheduled to run until mid-August; however, the government has decided to shut down the project for the year due to the pandemic.
The special needs camp near Calling Panther Lake is being built through the Innovative Readiness Training program, a partnership between the Department of Defense and the local community which provides opportunities for military personnel to use their skills for training.
Chief Master Sergeant Stacy Gilman with the Air Force Reserve is the Senior Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of the multi-faceted project. Normally, a fresh team of troops would arrive every two weeks to work at the camp; however in March, the troops were asked to “shelter in-place,” the same as the rest of the nation. Gilman did the best he could and with 10 others, he was able to keep construction going.
Since March, they have been able to build two 2,700 square foot family cabins, clear five acres for a small pond, clear eight acres for a large pond, and install sheetrock, HVAC, and electrical in the existing eight duplex cabins.


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