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24/7 Fitness Now Available for Dependents

Posted 1/24/2013   Updated 4/19/2013 Email story   Print story


by 19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

1/24/2013 - LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. -- 
A 24 hour/seven days a week fitness center began at Little Rock Air Force Base's fitness center Feb. 15. Sign-up for the program began Feb. 4.

The new program is part of a Force Support Squadron initiative to enhance the morale, welfare and recreation for Airmen on base.

"This is all part of services' transformation, and we're hoping to provide services beyond our man-power working capabilities," said Lt. Col. Veronica Anteola, 19th FSS commander. "So by opening it 24/7... It gives (base Airmen) the opportunity to work out a lot more than they might have."

Participants signing up for this program will need to sign a statement of understanding. In addition to militatry members with a common access card, dependents aged 18 and older are currently able to participate in the fitness center's 24 hour fitness program. Anyone wishing to participate is required to sign-up. People that sign up will have their CAC cards registered so that when the 24/7 operation goes live, their CAC can be scanned at the front door to gain access to the fitness center. The fitness center will not be staffed overnight so the base has taken extra measures to ensure the safety and security of participants.

"Security and safety are some of our main concerns with 24/7 fitness," said Anteola. To increase security, the fitness center has installed 30 cameras in the facility as well as three automated external defibrillators and the emergency blue phones.

For some of the night shift workers on base, the overnight program is very beneficial. "The fitness center going 24/7 benefits me by letting me go to the gym before or after work; it will be very convenient," said Airman 1st Class Beth Anne Davis, of the 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron. Davis is an overnight worker.

The services provided overnight will be the same as during the day, said Anteola. "Everything will be open except for our offices, our locker rooms, and our saunas," she said. "We want to make sure those areas that we can't get the cameras in are locked and secure. Bathrooms will be open, but for the most part everything else will be available to them."

This base is a test base for the 24/7 fitness center program. Feedback should be directed to ICE or the fitness center.

"We are excited to hear about everyone's feedback. I think that this is a critical part of this test phase to see if it's something the rest of the Air Force plans on doing," said Anteola.

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