Robins opens recreation center

A new recreation center for airmen assigned to Robins Air Force Base opened Wednesday evening.

The Airmen’s Ministry Center, located a short distance from the installation’s dormitories, will serve as both a spiritual hub for some airmen on base, and simply as a place to hang out for others.

“It’s got two hats,” said Capt. Jeff McMillen, the chaplain who will run center. “And that’s very similar to the chaplain’s mission as a whole.”

The facility has a large-screen television, a computer room, a pool table, and a large kitchen, which will be used to cook a communal dinner for airmen on base every Wednesday. It also will be a place where airmen can go for spiritual support.

“We don’t force religion on them,” said Staff Sgt. Jermarquis Johnson, the top enlisted airman working for the Airmen’s Ministry Center.

The center likely will be one of many family-friendly efforts this year at Robins. The Air Force has labeled 2010 the “Year of the Air Force Family.”

Wednesday evening’s opening ceremony was attended by Maj. Gen. Polly Peyer, the commanding general of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, and Col. Carl E. Buhler, the commander of the 78th Air Base Wing.

To contact Thomas L. Day, call 744-4489.