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G.I. Java opens doors in new and improved location

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE, Calif. -- The G.I. java will be reopening at the Bomarc dormitory module March 20 at 4 p.m. The java will offer Airmen free milkshakes, coffee and a quiet relaxing atmosphere. The java is a fun way for Airmen to develop relationships with each other.(Air Force graphic illustration/Jan Kays)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE, Calif. -- The G.I. java will be reopening at the Bomarc dormitory module March 20 at 4 p.m. The java will offer Airmen free milkshakes, coffee and a quiet relaxing atmosphere. The java is a fun way for Airmen to develop relationships with each other.(Air Force graphic illustration/Jan Kays)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The G.I. Java reopening ceremony takes place March 20, bringing free coffee, milkshakes, video games and a chance to volunteer to dorm residents here.

The Java closed Feb. 29 to relocate from the brown brick dorms to the Bomarc dormitory, east of the medical clinic.

"We have given a lot of effort and time to the Java," said Chaplain (Capt.) Matthew Clouse, 30th Space Wing chapel. "We are absolutely excited to see it become vivacious again. My vision is to provide a relaxed, alcohol-free environment for our Airmen that facilitates relationships and a sense of community among dorm Airmen and volunteers."

Although the Java shares the building with many dorm rooms, visitors shouldn't expect its appearance to mimic its neighbors. The interior has been totally renovated with new furniture, an in-house bathroom, a new flat screen television, a washer and dryer to clean towels, and an office that will be shared by the chapel and Airmen Against Drunk Driving. The new facility offers a dishwasher as well.

"No more hand-washing dishes, just rinse and place in the dishwasher," said Airman Melissa Egeland, the G.I. Java volunteer manager.

The Java, which is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily, runs completely on volunteers.

"We are still in need of Airmen who would like to volunteer on the weekends as well as a few spots during the week," Airman Egeland said. "Volunteering is a fun opportunity to hang out and enjoy the Java, while helping your fellow Airmen."

Airmen do not need experience to volunteer.

"All an Airman has to do is show up on the day they are scheduled, and we will train them on how to make coffee and milkshakes as well as teach them the closing procedure," Airman Egeland said.

For more information, call Airman Egeland at 605-3933.