Sumter, SC (WLTX) - Shaw Air Force Base cut the ribbon on a new on base neighborhood built by a private non-military company.
"I think I'm more excited than he is," said Ashley Chumbley of her new home on Shaw Air Force Base.
The home is one of 630 privately built homes that will fill the neighborhood with military families.
"Mainly for the convenance especially not having to drive to work and fight traffic," said Joseph Chumbley on the decision to live on base. "Also security. We feel very safe on base."
The homes are full of updates amenities, have wood floors, beautiful kitchens, and back yards.
"When the families move into these neighborhoods and the kids are playing that's the sense of community and the sense of pride you get when you're involved in this privatization business," said Thomas Hennenberry with developer Forest City Military Communities.
The communities are considered privatized because an outside company develops and operates each neighborhood.
"It's brand ne. Nobody has lived in it, so we are the first people. It's an honor," said Ashley Chumbley. "It's so much different than where we come from."