CES springs into action

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Pomeroy
  • 52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The Saber community recently came together in the interest of improving conditions for the Youth Programs Instructional Gymnastics program practice facility.

The 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron in conjunction with the Defense Commissary Agency Europe and the Exchange Service renovated an old warehouse into a new gymnastics facility at Bitburg Annex.

In addition to relocating equipment to a larger facility, nearly 60 Saber volunteers helped with the installing and securing of equipment as well.

"The entire community will benefit from it, because more classes can be held at the same time," said Lt. Col Richard Cole, 52nd Mission Support Group deputy commander. "Now, we can overlap classes and meet the needs of the families in a timelier manner.

"Also, a bigger facility means a safer environment for the students and therefore the progression of each gymnast," he added. "This move will positively affect Saber families for years to come."

The upgrades were made possible by the ingenuity of the 52nd CES team working the project by incorporating supplies that were not in use but applicable to the renovation. This made the cost for the changes virtually next to nothing. It also created the ability to add additional features to the facility such as a parent viewing area and safer routes in and out of the building.

"Getting a larger facility means we will be able to open up our facility to more students in a shorter amount of time," said Heather Dahle, gymnastics instructor. "The gymnastics coaches are really appreciative of the support the community and leadership have given us."

Parents looking to sign their children up for this program should contact the youth programs office at DSN 452-6244 or 06565-61-6244.