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Base paintball field relocates

Airman 1st Class Bobby Volio, 30th Space Wing public affairs photojournalist, pauses for a moment on his way to the new paintball field, Nov. 4, 2015, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. With help from the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron, the 30th Force Support Squadron recently relocated the Vandenberg recreational paintball field – to be more accessible to patrons. After months of manual labor, members of the 30th CES were able to salvage much of the previous site and move it to a more centralized and convenient location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shane Phipps/Released)

Airman 1st Class Bobby Volio, 30th Space Wing public affairs photojournalist, pauses for a moment on his way to the new paintball field, Nov. 4, 2015, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. With help from the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron, the 30th Force Support Squadron recently relocated the Vandenberg recreational paintball field – to be more accessible to patrons. After months of manual labor, members of the 30th CES were able to salvage much of the previous site and move it to a more centralized and convenient location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shane Phipps/Released)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- With help from the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron, the 30th Force Support Squadron recently relocated the Vandenberg recreational paintball field - for better accessibility for patrons.

After months of manual labor, members of the 30th CES were able to salvage much of the previous site and move it to a more centralized and convenient location.

"It used to be located out on 13th street, which was a little bit secluded and hard to find," said Raymond Boothe, 30th CES equipment foreman. "The new location is a lot easier to access. We started moving everything from one location to the other in May. The structure shop helped us take the netting down and we dug the poles out so we could reuse them."

Following significant planning and consideration, members of the 30th FSS decided upon an empty patch of land in between the Outdoor Recreation building and Cocheo Park.

"I noticed that the paintball field was out and away from everything," said Larry Horsley, 30th FSS community services flight chief. "We thought it could be better utilized if it were closer to the dorms and the rest of the main base area. We looked at various locations near Outdoor Recreation, and we were able to settle on the area in between Cocheo Park and the Outdoor Recreation building."

Despite the rigorous challenge of relocating an entire paintball field, members of the 30th CES remain proud of their final product, and the money saved by recycling reusable materials.

"We spent about four days clearing the new field," said Boothe. "We also hauled in about 200 yards of material to level the field and that was a fair amount of work that lasted two days. We try to reuse anything that we can to save money where we can. It looks great and everyone seems to be happy with it which brings us a lot of job satisfaction."

Currently, one of the two fields on the complex is available for squadron reservation -- however, work continues to make the duel field compound accessible for individual patrons.

"The outline is completed but as of right now, only one of our two fields is open," said Horsley. "We still have some work to do and we're trying to accomplish it in the most cost effective way possible. We try to utilize anything that can be repurposed or recycled. We're also switching to compressed air, which will allow customers to shoot as much as they want and we won't charge them for the tanks. As long as you buy paintballs, you can shoot as much as you want."

Though the logistical challenges seemed daunting, Horsley and his crew stayed focus on their primary objective - taking care of Airmen and their families.

"Most people didn't realize we even had a paintball field on base and we thought that was unfortunate," said Horsley. "We believe now it's in a location where people can see it and realize they have more recreation options. It gives Airmen another recreational outlet which I take very seriously. It's our job, but it's also something we love to do - our mission is to take care of Airmen and their families, and that's what we intend to do."