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Golf course receives renovations

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  • By Chief Master Sgt. Paul Kaplan
  • 36th Civil Engineer Squadron
In today's Air Force the buzz word always seems to be "transformation." 

It is everywhere and with budget cuts and manpower at all time lows. Everyone is experiencing some form of transformation while performing our part of the global war on terror. Transformation is everywhere we look from the flight line to the organization of our squadrons. 

Some transformation we rarely see until it is complete and unveiled. That is the case with a little known transformation taking place behind the scenes at the new Golf Pro Shop and Mulligan's Grill.

Space at the old pro shop and Mulligan's Grill was at a premium and few could gather to enjoy the breathtaking view and fabulous food. A small effort was begun to move the pro shop and restaurant to the old Officer's bar, an area that had been under utilized for some time. 

That small project has now blossomed into a full scale, major renovation, building a new pro shop, new snack bar and kitchen with future plans for an outdoor deck and other amenities to be announced at a later time after planning is complete.

The massive project to build an all new facility was taken on by two 36th Civil Engineer Squadron members and one 554th RED HORSE Squadron member with the assistance of a few personnel from throughout the base. These three members have dedicated their off-duty time to build the new pro shop and are now putting the finishing touches on the snack bar and kitchen. 

From hanging new 42-inch plasma televisions to designing and building a new customer service counter, this small team has put their skills to the test, at times designing as they build. The new kitchen area has been "flipped" from a decrepit old barber shop to a beautiful cooking area with arguably the best view on base.

With the finishing touches being completed, the grand opening of the new facility is tentatively scheduled for the end of February. New kitchen equipment and other items must be installed and tested prior to going into full scale business and closing the old Mulligan's. Stand by and be prepared as 36th Services Squadron comes out with new dining possibilities to include a possible outdoor deck with a "Steak Night" being considered. All this work and effort is to serve the hard-working people of Andersen.

Recently, Gen. Howie Chandler, Pacific Air Forces commander, took time out from his schedule to visit the work sight and view the fruits of the team's labor. The hard work and dedication of Team Andersen was obvious to General Chandler so much that he pledged further money for more improvements. The general had nothing but praise as he departed the golf course.

It is quite true that transformation is everywhere; be prepared as this band of termites moves to their next area and a new "flip" of space into an enjoyable venue. Transformation is something that will never end, at Andersen or anywhere else in today's Air Force.

Anyone interested in helping in these self-help efforts can contact the golf course pro shop at 366-4653.