by Senior Airman Kristina Overton
51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
12/12/2012 - OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- After
being postponed seven months due to unexpected delays, Osan Air Base
finally opened the doors to the new enlisted club Nov. 30 starting with a
ribbon cutting ceremony.
Col. Sean DeWitt, 51st Fighter Wing vice commander, began by thanking
everyone in attendance and to those who put so much effort into the
development of the facility. Chief Master Sgt. Brendan Criswell, 51st FW
command chief, gave closing comments.
"As one door closes, another one opens," Criswell said. "In 1965, the
Challenger was opened, which was the oldest enlisted club in the Pacific
Air Force. Today we are opening our new enlisted club."
The $17 million, 3600 sq. ft. facility was built to replace the aging
Challenger Club on base. The new facility includes a quiet lounge,
gaming area, sports bar, pool tables, and multi-purpose room that acts
as a dining area, night club or venue for official functions.
"These walls, the food and the drinks, mean nothing without the enlisted
corps that's inside," Criswell said. "This club will be the home of
enlisted heritage, past and future. This will not just be a home to just
eat and drink; this will be a home for enlisted fellowship, to
celebrate the good times and the bad times, the best and the worst."
The grand opening featured live music, karaoke, games, giveaways and a
buffet that featured a variety of meats, fruits, cheeses, and other
"I like the new facility and look forward to seeing what they do with
it," said Senior Airman Carl Sanders, 607th Support Squadron
communications focal point technician. "This is one of the things that
will help people look at life from a different perspective and not get
complacent being stationed in a remote location. It reminds people that
we're not just in a 'war zone' and it's not just the job. We can come to
facilities like this and get away."