INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey --
The 39th Force Support Squadron operates many facilities at Incirlik Air Base. From the Club Complex to the Hodja Lakes Golf Course, from the Sultan Inn Dining Facility to the Larger Than Life Fitness Center, there is no shortage of quality-of-life facilities for Airmen fulfilling their short-tour obligation. As of Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, that legacy has grown.
“We held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Super Bowl Sunday,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Monica Mason, 39th FSS operations officer. “The project was due to be completed in April, but the team finished 80 percent ahead of schedule, allowing Airmen the opportunity to enjoy the new facility for the big game.”
The project Mason is referring to the After Six lounge attached to the Big City Bowl bowling alley, was a collaborative effort between the 39th FSS, 39th Contracting Squadron, and the 39th Civil Engineer Squadron. Together, they ensured Airmen would have a venue to enjoy at the end of a long day.
“The contract was awarded at the beginning of September 2017,” remarked U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christian Shepherd, 39th Contracting Squadron contracting specialist. “The construction started at the end of October 2017. We were asked whether or not it would be possible to have it done by the super bowl. With that, we got with the contractor, and negotiated so they would be able to get it done.”
In order to make sure the facility would live up to Incirlik standards, members of the 39th CES were heavily involved with construction.
“Our CES member oversaw the construction execution with respect to construction management and ensuring the project gate passes were continuously validated and the quality in construction was in accordance with the design and statement of work,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Nicholas Charney, 39th CES director of operations. “The contractor finished the project well ahead of schedule by working 10-12 hour days, seven days a week.”
With a goal of creating the best possible venue for Airmen to come and relax, the 39th FSS intends to add finishing touches to the After Six facility.
"We'll be adding some cosmetic touches to the venue to give it a classic sports feel," said Mason. "We are excited about the newly renovated project completion. We feel it's a great addition to the many venues we have for our Incirlik Airmen to gather, decompress and overall improve their quality of life."