The Coffee Mill provides Airmen place to socialize

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  • By Senior Airman Dylan Nuckolls
  • 52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Sitting back on a couch drinking a warm cup of freshly brewed coffee might sound enjoyable to some.

To others, the sound of a pingpong ball or air hockey puck getting hit back and forth might be more enticing than just coffee.

If either option sounds enjoyable, than The Coffee Mill is the spot for both of those and much more.

The Coffee Mill is run by the 52nd Fighter Wing Chapel and is available for use to all Airmen but is primarily focused for Airmen living in the dorms.

"The Coffee Mill is an alternative, positive environment that's little to no cost, with entertainment and opportunities to have a social setting outside of work," said U.S. Air Force Chaplain Capt. Kelly Stahl, a 52nd FW chaplain.

With plenty of space and mountains of entertainment to choose from inside, Stahl stressed that The Coffee Mill is just a home away from home and free for Airmen.

"We have a different mission then the rest of the base. We not here to make a profit, we are here to love our Airmen," Stahl said. "Everything that is up in The Coffee Mill is free, free Wi-Fi, a phone to call back to the states, drinks and food, free entertainment and our trips are usually free or highly subsidized by the chapel. It's just the chapel's way to take care of our Airmen."

And what is all this entertainment?

The Coffee Mill recently bought a new pingpong table and air hockey table. It also has a pool table, darts, flat screen TV's, board games, video games and events that take place every month, said U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kyle Macy, 52nd Communication Squadron information access programs apprentice.

The chapel recently decided to expand the hours of operations to Tuesday-Wednesday from 6-10 p.m., Thursday from 7:30-10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 7-11 p.m. This allows more Airmen to use the facility.

With the increase in hours, Macy explains why Airmen should give this place a try.

"It's a free place to hang out and get free coffee and sometimes food," said Macy. "It's a great place to meet people and keep you from being locked up in your room."

With the increased hours of operation, the chapel is looking for volunteers to help keep the place open.

"I am always looking for sharp Airmen that are willing to put effort and energy in to helping out the community," Stahl said. "There are always positions available in helping out in those areas."

If you are interested in volunteering at The Coffee Mill contact Stahl at 452-6711.