Airmen 1st Class Michael Leonard and Caleb Rupracht, 633d Communications Squadron core services technicians, assist Col. Donald Kirkland, 633d Air Base Wing commander, cut a cake during the grand opening of the Langley Club at Langley Air Force Base, Va., May 6, 2011. The Langley Club consolidates the enlisted and officers clubs' common heritage, and highlights shared success and professionalism. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. April Wickes/released)
Chief Master Sgt. John Petain, 633d Force Support Squadron superintendent, Lt. Col. Jenise Carroll, 633d FSS commander, retired Chief Master Sgt. Gabriel "Bill" Christie, U.S. Air Force charter chief, and Col. Donald Kirkland, 633d Air Base Wing commander, conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the Langley Club May 6, 2011 at Langley Air Force Base, Va. The Langley Club consolidates the enlisted and officers clubs' common heritage, and highlights shared success and professionalism. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Eric Deagle/released)
by Airman 1st Class Jason J. Brown
633d Air Base Wing Public Affairs
5/9/2011 - LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -- After six months of conceptualizing, planning and renovating, The Langley Club opened May 6.
The Club is the consolidation of Langley's enlisted and officers clubs in a centralized location, which will gain significant efficiencies in overhead while enabling the Club to generate capital. The Bayside Enlisted Club, now known as the Bayview Convention Center, will be used as a multi-purpose conference center.
"The Langley Club represents our commitment to consolidating our common heritage as Airmen and highlights enlisted success and professionalism," said Col. Donald Kirkland, 633d Air Base Wing commander. "We will continue, as we're able, to pour our funds into the club to make it better for our Airmen."
"This is what makes sense for JBLE. This is a vision that I'm happy to see happen," said Lt. Col. Jenise Carroll, 633d Force Support Squadron commander. "The location is key as it's on the most populated side of the base in close proximity to the Airman dormitories, base housing and visitor's quarters. This will bring a lot of good to Langley."
According to George Parker, Langley Club general manager, Langley was the last of Air Combat Command's 13 installations to maintain two clubs; in the wake of declining membership Air Force-wide, collocation became a trend to revitalize the clubs.