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Training group unveils new learning facility

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Gen. Edward A. Rice Jr., Air Education and Training Command commander, speaks to an audience during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Airman Learning Center at the 381st Training Group here Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens, Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Gen. Edward A. Rice Jr., Air Education and Training Command commander, speaks to an audience during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Airman Learning Center at the 381st Training Group here Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens, Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Gen. Edward A. Rice Jr., Air Education and Training Command commander, presided over a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Airman Learning Center at the 381st Training Group here Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens, Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Gen. Edward A. Rice Jr., Air Education and Training Command commander, presided over a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Airman Learning Center at the 381st Training Group here Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens, Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The 381st Training Group held a ribbon cutting ceremony commemorating the opening of the training group's Airman Learning Center here Sept. 1.

Gen. Edward A. Rice Jr., Air Education and Training Command commander, presided over the ceremony.

The $750,000 facility features approximately 10 computer stations, tables, couches, conference room, study area, kitchenette and restrooms.

"This (facility) affords our students an opportunity to have a place to come and relax, but more importantly to study the material, procedures and techniques that they are learning in the classroom," said Lt. Col. Brent Grometer, the 381st Training Support Squadron commander. "This is a quiet place for Airmen to study and use the computer resources that are available here."

The Airman Learning Center is a place of refuge for Airmen who want to study in a quiet environment away from their living quarters.

"I am looking forward to having a nice, quiet place to study," said Airman Basic Travis Grimit, a 381st TRG student. "This building will allow students to study more outside of the classroom, which will hopefully show on their tests and progress checks."

The mission of the 381st TRG is to provide quality training to produce the finest space and missile operators and maintainers for the Air Force and the nation's defense.

"This facility is something I am very proud of," Grometer said. "I look forward, in the next two years, to see how the facility is used and see how it benefits the students."