Operation FINALLY HOME along with Century Communities, The Howard Hughes Corporation®, the Houston Texans and the Greater Houston Builders Association Host Special Groundbreaking Ceremony for Wounded Veteran and Family
The Woodlands Hills® will be Home for Wounded Veteran and His Family
The Woodlands Hills, Conroe, Texas (March 21, 2018) – Operation FINALLY HOME along with Century Communities, The Howard Hughes Corporation®, the Houston Texans and the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) joined U.S. Army Sergeant Roland Sengstock and his family to celebrate a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the family’s future custom-built, mortgage-free home on Thursday morning, March 21. Members of the community were also invited to welcome Roland, his wife Anne, and their three children, to their new wholesome community in The Woodland Hills, one of Houston’s newest master planned developments, curated from scratch by The Howard Hughes Corporation.
The Sengstocks were surprised with the news they were receiving a home during a Houston Texans game last December. Fans participated in “The Last Fan Standing” contest where everyone in the stadium was asked to stand in order to win prizes. Ultimately, Roland was the last one standing and was asked to come down to the field to learn what he had won. During the third quarter, he and his family were on the field when his Mystery Prize was revealed – a custom-built, mortgage-free home from Operation FINALLY HOME! (See video here.)
Once the foundation of the home is in place, the community will be invited to write inspirational “Notes of Love” on the studs before they are wrapped in drywall. This will allow the family to feel the support of their community each time they enter their home. Upon completion, a special dedication ceremony will be held for the family to receive their keys and view their home for the first time in The Woodlands Hills.
About U.S. Army Sgt. Roland Sengstock
U.S. Army SGT Roland Sengstock spent his early years in Wisconsin and then moved to a Native American reservation in Arizona and attended multiple schools. Following high school graduation, he earned his electrical wire diploma and then entered the military based in Fort Benning, Georgia in 2002.
Following basic training, Sengstock moved to the main base in Oahu, Hawaii, and within a year, was deployed to Iraq, where he took on Quick Reaction Force (QRF) duties. His unit became the most movable unit in a warzone since the Vietnam war, and he spent his deployment searching Iraq in pursuit of combat. He experienced trauma when a 500-pound bomb knocked him unconscious and a helicopter crashed in a nearby camp. Sengstock was redeployed in 2007 to Kunar Province in Afghanistan, stationed in “the worst place on earth,” coined by TIME Magazine for its notoriety as “IED Road.” During this deployment, Sengstock experienced countless firefights and gruesome missions resulting in combat stress.
During back to back 15-month deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan as an Infantry grunt on the front lines, battle fatigue set in. Sengstock suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, degenerative disc disease, facial disfigurement, allergies and migraines. For his admirable service, Sengstock received awards including a Combat Infantry Badge, two Navy and Marine Achievement Medals, NATO Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal and more.
After eight years of service, Sengstock was honorably discharged and resides in Mesa, Arizona. He works as a Security Guard Officer and helps veterans from all wars at the Mesa Vet Center. In addition, Sengstock gained an associate degree from Mesa Community College and is pursuing a Computer Science Degree.
When stationed in Hawaii, he met and married his wife, Anne, who helped him transition to civilian life. Together, they have three children, and they are looking forward to being closer to family in Houston, Texas.