Former NBA All-Star arrives for fitness center grand opening
By Senior Airman Daniel Phelps, 94th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published November 21, 2014
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.