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New gym opens on South Post


(Sgt. 1st Class Luis Saavedra)<br>Lt. Col. Matthew R. Morris, left, 548th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion commander, and Col. Willie Rios III, 10th Sustainment Brigade commander, right, cut a ribbon to symbolize the grand opening of Conner Fitness Facility. Looking on, from left, are Command Sgt. Maj. Eric S. Fraley, 548th CSSB senior enlisted leader; Staff Sgt. Robert Huffman, wheeled vehicle mechanic assigned to 514th Support Maintenance Company; Capt. Nicholas R. Gauvin, 514th SMC commander; and 1st Sgt. Michael E. Ostrander, 514th SMC senior enlisted leader. The gym is open from 6:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. daily for Soldiers and civilians.
(Sgt. 1st Class Luis Saavedra)
Lt. Col. Matthew R. Morris, left, 548th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion commander, and Col. Willie Rios III, 10th Sustainment Brigade commander, right, cut a ribbon to symbolize the grand opening of Conner Fitness Facility. Looking on, from left, are Command Sgt. Maj. Eric S. Fraley, 548th CSSB senior enlisted leader; Staff Sgt. Robert Huffman, wheeled vehicle mechanic assigned to 514th Support Maintenance Company; Capt. Nicholas R. Gauvin, 514th SMC commander; and 1st Sgt. Michael E. Ostrander, 514th SMC senior enlisted leader. The gym is open from 6:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. daily for Soldiers and civilians.

Sgt. 1st Class Luis Saavedra

10th Sustainment Brigade Journalist

The 548th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion opened the doors to Conner Fitness Facility after a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 8 to support people on South Post. The gym is located in Bldg. 174, an old dining facility that has been closed for years. This gym allows the space to be used in a positive way by helping Soldiers stay in shape.
“A lot of equipment that needed a home found a home right here,” said Lt. Col. Matthew R. Morris, 548th CSSB commander.
Conner Fitness Facility is named in honor of Pvt. David J. Conner, a Soldier who gave his life Feb. 7, 1993, while supporting Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. Conner was assigned to 57th Transportation Company, 548th Supply and Support Battalion.
The gym has a lot of equipment that can be found at a typical fitness center. The battalion secured everything from treadmills to weights to ensure Soldiers have a wide variety of equipment to assist them with their workout, which improves readiness.
The gym is open to anyone who wants to use it. It is open from 6:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. daily. The battalion will provide Soldiers to man the desk to ensure the gym operates smoothly.
Command Sgt. Maj. Eric S. Fraley, 548th CSSB senior enlisted leader, gave special thanks to the 514th Support Maintenance Company for their assistance.
“They are the ones who did all the leg work,” Fraley said.
After the ribbon was cut, leadership and Soldiers surveyed the gym. Some Soldiers were glad to know the time spent turning an old DFAC into a gym paid off.
Pfc. Colby C. James, a supply clerk assigned to 543rd Quartermaster Company, worked on the project from the first day. He said he is glad that, in less than two months, there is a gym approximately a mile from the barracks.
“It’s phenomenal,” James said. “Instead of having to drive to Monti (Physical Fitness Center) or Magrath (Sports Complex), Soldiers can actually run there, do their workout, and run back to the barracks.”





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