Access to Fitness Center expanded

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  • By Mark Wyatt
  • 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Base officials have announced the expanded use of 24/7 access at the Fitness and Sports Center.

In a signed policy letter by Col. Taona Enriquez, the installation commander, access now includes Federally Funded Research and Development Center contractors at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory and MITRE.

“This policy is intended to enhance fitness opportunities here at Hanscom AFB by maximizing facility utilization without adding cost,” said Enriquez. “It is incumbent on all Team Hanscom members to promote the safe and responsible execution of this policy.”

In addition to FFRDC contractors, others eligible for 24/7 access includes active duty military and their dependents, Department of Defense civilians, members of the Guard and Reserve, and those over the age of 18 years old.

All authorized 24/7 users have access to the cardiovascular room, main gymnasium, second floor stretching area and track, the warrior fitness aerobic gymnasium, free weight room, and the family fitness room.

According to officials, all DOD civilians and contractors utilizing the Fitness and Sports Center must complete a new Statement of Understanding and the Release and Waiver of Liability.

Restricted areas include the bowling alley, fitness center offices, climbing wall, fitness bubble and the male and female locker rooms located in the bowling alley hallway.

According to Paul Shoesmith, the center’s director, cameras closely monitor the fitness center during unmanned hours.

"Our main focus is ensuring the well-being of all patrons using the facility," he said.

FSS officials suggest people not work out alone.

The Hanscom fitness center has provided 24/7 access to Hanscom AFB personnel since 2015.

For further information or questions, contact the fitness center at 781-225-6630.