Joint Base Andrews


316 MSG's 2007 plans

By Airman 1st Class Andrew Polvino | Capital Flyer staff writer | January 16, 2007

ANDREWS AFB, Md. -- Gate construction, road reconstruction, family housing improvement and an increased number of outdoor recreation programs and equipment are some of the plans the 316th Mission Support Group has scheduled for 2007.

"We can expect a few more detours and challenges as our 'Andrews ... Make It Yours' efforts continue," said Toni Koppen, 316 MSG deputy director. "We're working toward ensuring people's first reaction upon entering Andrews is 'Wow! What a great place to live and work.'"

The three gate projects currently in progress are scheduled to finish within an eight-month period.

It's estimated the Virginia Gate will be completed in April and the Pearl Harbor Gate in May, said Ms. Koppen. The Main Gate is scheduled for completion in August.

Along with the gate projects to be completed by the 316th Civil Engineer Squadron, the 316th Services Squadron is working to increase the equipment available to rent and use, as well as increase the number of Outdoor Recreation programs.

"(316 SVS is) increasing programs and adding equipment at both the East and West Fitness Centers -- get ready to join in on getting fit in 2007 by joining the Fitness Revolution at either of the fitness centers," said Ms. Koppen.

The multi-purpose room in the West Fitness Center will soon include indoor basketball, tennis and volleyball, she said.

A new Family Fitness Area will allow parents with children to work out and take their small children with them. A complete overhaul of The Sports Page and the clubhouse at The Courses at Andrews are also scheduled for this year.

"Plans continue in anticipation of increased personnel assigned to Andrews," she said. The Pentagon, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington D.C., and Andrews are working to make room for personnel currently in leased off-base facilities."

Another Base Realignment and Closure - directed move is a joint-basing effort at Andrews with the Air Force as the lead agent for overall base operating support for Air Force and Navy operations, she said.

Joint-basing efforts will create a consolidated Airman Leadership School, which is scheduled to open here in May.

"... these and many more improvements will continue to make Andrews the showplace we all want it to be," said the deputy commander.