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Community center opens in new base housing

Devona Hathcock, center left, community manager for a local real estate company, and U.S. Air Force Col. Thomas Kunkel, center right, 23d Wing commander, cut a ribbon Aug. 12, 2016, in Valdosta, Ga. The ceremonial ribbon cutting celebrated the opening of the community center in the recently-opened Azalea Commons housing area. After the ceremonial ribbon cutting, attendees were served barbeque, toured the new community center and took a dip in the pool. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson)

Devona Hathcock, center left, community manager for a local real estate company, and U.S. Air Force Col. Thomas Kunkel, center right, 23d Wing commander, cut a ribbon Aug. 12, 2016, in Valdosta, Ga. The ceremonial ribbon cutting celebrated the opening of the community center in the recently-opened Azalea Commons housing area. After the ceremonial ribbon cutting, attendees were served barbeque, toured the new community center and took a dip in the pool. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson)

A welcome sign sits during the grand opening of the community center in Azalea Commons, Aug. 12, 2016, in Valdosta, Ga. The community center houses a fitness center, child play area and a pool. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson)

A welcome sign sits during the grand opening of the community center in Azalea Commons, Aug. 12, 2016, in Valdosta, Ga. The community center houses a fitness center, child play area and a pool. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson)

Residents eat barbeque and enjoy the pool during the grand opening of the community center in Azalea Commons, Aug. 12, 2016, in Valdosta, Ga. Azalea Commons houses 90 military families between E-1 and O-5. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson)

Residents eat barbeque and enjoy the pool during the grand opening of the community center in Azalea Commons, Aug. 12, 2016, in Valdosta, Ga. Azalea Commons houses 90 military families between E-1 and O-5. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson)

Valdosta, Ga. --

Moody celebrated a landmark with a ceremonial ribbon cutting for the community center in the recently-opened Azalea Commons housing area, Aug. 12, in Valdosta Ga.

Supporting 90 Air Force families, the community center offers a fitness center, indoor child play area, swimming pool, jogging trail, and volleyball, tennis and basketball courts.

“It’s a great day,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Thomas Kunkel, 23d Wing commander. “This is just another example of how we’re caring for our Airmen and their families. These are great homes. This is a great facility and I look forward to watching everyone enjoy all that we have down here at Azalea Commons.”

It took just under two years to complete the process and for homes in Azalea commons to become move-in ready. Before they became available, service members with dependents had the option to reside off base, or in one of the other two housing communities.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Dan Frederick, local real estate company project director. “I’d like to thank our Air Force partners and all the residents for working with us throughout this process.

 “We are thrilled to finally be able to get all of the amenities opened-up,” Frederick added. “We’ve heard a lot of positive feedback about the homes themselves, but everyone was really looking forward to the pool opening and all the amenities. We are thrilled to finally open those so everybody can enjoy them.”

One resident is especially thrilled for the pool to be open, providing the opportunity for his children to go outside and have some fun.

“The accessibility and convenience of a pool in your neighborhood is fantastic,” said Staff Sgt. Timothy Gallagher, 23d Wing Public Affairs broadcast journalist. “For example, someone like myself, with five children, loves having something for them to do outside during the week.”