Vandenberg's VAQ units to receive upgrade
30th Force Support Squadron
/ Published November 22, 2010
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Visiting Airman Quarters at the Vandenberg Lodge are undergoing an extensive $1.1 million room upgrade now through the end of December. A total of 60 VAQ units will receive a complete facelift which includes new paint, carpeting and all new furnishings, fixtures and equipment.
Following the Air Force Lodging Centralization in 2007, all Air Force Inns rooms are now on a renovation schedule for upgrade every six and 12 years. After six years, rooms receive a décor only facelift including wall and floor coverings and soft goods; which includes items like drapes and bedspreads. Then, at the 12 year point, lodging is funded for a whole room upgrade with replacement of all furnishings in the room as well. All of these renovations are accomplished with Non-Appropriated Funds - monies generated from lodging room revenues.
"We try to do these projects during the holidays since we typically have a lot fewer customers at that time and the renovation will have less of an impact on our TDY (temporary duty) customers," said Henry Infante, the Vandenberg Lodge assistant manager.
A similar project was done in 2009 when 60 VAQ rooms and Distinguished Visitor Business Suites were renovated. This project will cover the remaining 60 VAQ rooms in the same block of buildings just off of Nebraska Avenue.
"Ensuring our guests have a clean, comfortable room to guarantee a good night's rest and a pleasant stay is our goal," Mr. Infante said. "This is a part of the Air Force Inn's Promise to customers. The Vandenberg Lodge is committed to the continual improvement process and we take these steps to afford visitors an exceptional stay here."
"The lodge is the first impression many newcomers have of the base, and that impression is often a lasting one," said Dan Becker, Vandenberg Lodge manager. "We want to make visitors say 'Wow, Vandenberg Air Force Base is a terrific place to stay and to work.'"
All of the old furnishings and equipment that were purchased with Non-Appropriated Funds will be available for resale to all Department of Defense ID card holders. Lodging items which are replaced or phased-out can regularly be viewed and purchased at Outdoor Recreation.
For this project, the Vandenberg Lodge staff will hold a large warehouse sale in December 2010 which will include bedroom furnishings such as: Queen headboards, armoire/dressers, desks, chairs, recliners, night stands, lamps, televisions and much more.
For more information about the Vandenberg Lodge, call 606-1844.