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Combat Center changes in 2014

24 Jan 2014 | Lance Cpl. Charles J. Santamaria

Combat Center patrons can look forward to the changes coming to the base in 2014. Last year, the Combat Center began many projects such as the reconstruction of Adobe Road and the remodeling of Felix field. The repaving of roads on and around base and the construction of new bachelors’ enlisted quarters for Marines and sailors, show promise of even more exciting things to come.

The Combat Center will see the completion and beginning of different projects in 2014 making day-to-day life easier and more enjoyable for service members and their families on base.

The Combat Center saw many changes in the past year, and those changes will continue into 2014 with construction, new restaurants, Marine Corps Community Services events and more.

The Combat Center is actively works toward improving the quality of living for service members and their families aboard the base in an effort to make day-to-day life easier and more enjoyable.

Contractors began construction on parts of Adobe Road near the end of 2013. This construction is scheduled to be completed in 2014 and will allow for smoother flow of traffic through the front gate and will extend the life of the road itself, according to Mark Myrum, assistant deputy chief of staff, G-4.

Three new bachelors’ enlisted quarters are scheduled to be completed by March 2014 each building providing 192 rooms. additionally a new dining facility is scheduled to open in February.
“These projects raise the bar for living standards for single Marines and sailors and their families. Each new BEQ built is a little better than the previous one,” Myrum said.

The remodeling of Felix Field, which began last year, will be finished in 2014. The new football field provides more options for activities to Marines, sailors, and families. Intramural sports such as football and soccer can be played on the field. Units can also use the field for events or ceremonies and a newly paved running track with several lanes will be available for training.

“The resurfacing of Felix Field not only provides a state-of-the-art athletic field, it also saves water and reduces required maintenance,” Myrum said.

Several utility projects are scheduled to be completed within the year, such as a new power line, a new gas turbine, allowing the base to generate more of its own electricity using natural gas, and the replacement of three main boilers. These projects will allow for better operation of energy management on base and allow for improvement needed in other areas.

Alongside the projects slated for completion in 2014, additional projects will begin in 2014 and are slated for completion in 2015.
Among those construction plans are the new Child Development Center, which began construction this month, a new adult medical clinic, transient lodging facility, solar array in the dry lake bed near the main gate, and utility upgrades at Camp Wilson.

Combat Center patrons can look forward to the changes to come as the base continues to improve its facilities, roads and utilities to accommodate the families and service members that live here.

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