Former NBA All-Star arrives for fitness center grand opening

Dikembe Mutombo, NBA Hall of Famer, signs a basketball for a member of Team Dobbins at the grand opening of the renovated fitness center at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Nov. 18, 2014. The fitness center includes approximately 30 new pieces of equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Peek/Released)

Dikembe Mutombo, NBA Hall of Famer, signs a basketball for a member of Team Dobbins at the grand opening of the renovated fitness center at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Nov. 18, 2014. The fitness center includes approximately 30 new pieces of equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Peek/Released)

A ribbon is cut signaling the opening of the newly renovated fitness center at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Nov. 18, 2014. The fitness center includes approximately 30 new pieces of equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Peek/Released)

A ribbon is cut signaling the opening of the newly renovated fitness center at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Nov. 18, 2014. The fitness center includes approximately 30 new pieces of equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Peek/Released)

Col. Marshall Irvin, 94th Missions Support Group commander, recognizes those that helped bring the renovated fitness center to fruition at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Nov. 18, 2014. The fitness center includes approximately 30 new pieces of equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Peek/Released)

Col. Marshall Irvin, 94th Missions Support Group commander, recognizes those that helped bring the renovated fitness center to fruition at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Nov. 18, 2014. The fitness center includes approximately 30 new pieces of equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Peek/Released)

Dikembe Mutombo, NBA Hall of Famer, speaks to members of Team Dobbins at the grand opening of the renovated fitness center at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Nov. 18, 2014. The fitness center includes approximately 30 new pieces of equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Peek/Released)

Dikembe Mutombo, NBA Hall of Famer, speaks to members of Team Dobbins at the grand opening of the renovated fitness center at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Nov. 18, 2014. The fitness center includes approximately 30 new pieces of equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Peek/Released)

DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. -- A special guest arrived at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia Dec. 18 for the grand opening of the installation's new fitness center, former NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo.

"I am so pleased to be here," said Mutombo. "I am so thankful for your dedication and service to this wonderful country that we love. Thank you for putting your lives on the line every day."

"I am happy to sign autographs for you or take on anyone who wants to go one-on-one," said the 7'2" former NBA player while standing mid-court on the newly remodeled basketball court.

The new fitness center received approximately 30 new pieces of equipment and 3.5 million dollars in renovations were made to the building originally constructed 60 years ago, according to Col. Marshall Irvin, 94th Mission Support Group commander.

"It was a large team of people who helped make this come to fruition," Irvin said.

The new fitness center will be from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays. The fitness center will be shared with all branches of the military on Dobbins.