Scott Air Force Base added and renovated multiple buildings to help improve work conditions and the Quality of Life on base, starting in 2010.
In 2016 alone, Scott significantly renovated the Fitness Center, which included new equipment, new flooring, new paint, roof repair, and installed of free WiFi.
The James Sports Center installed three scoreboards at the softball fields and a multi-purpose scoreboard on the football field. Inside the facility, the sports center received a new gym divider, bleachers, and wall pads. The James Sports Center’s track has been updated with exercise stations and a pavilion for squadron fitness sessions and other activities to go along with installation of the artificial turf field in 2014.
Also, a new visitors quarters is currently under construction. The five-story building will have 284 rooms, a lobby, guest laundry and administrative areas and encompass 171,535 square feet. It will replace the Scott Inn on Scott Drive and construction is scheduled to be completed by October 2017. Safety concerns and economic issues are the biggest reasons for the new facility.
Bldg. P-4, which is one of Scott’s historic structures, went through three years of renovation and is once again home to 18th Air Force. The current P-4 complex needed renovations to bring it up to many safety codes and the American’s with Disabilities Act, and in 2011, the base brought the building up to standards. The renovations also provided firewalls to prevent potential fires from spreading to the other areas of the building, and the stairwells provide safer exits from the facility.
The base completed construction on Warrior Park, with additions to make the area more accessible for children of all ages, as well as those with disabilities. Construction workers added a sidewalk leading from the parking lot to the pavilion and the entrance to the renovated playground. Some of the new additions are also geared toward younger children, like building blocks and musical activities.
The Defense Information Systems Agency expanded its command’s mission set and received a new 164,000 sq. ft. facility featuring a global operations center, cafeteria and fitness center. DISA’s new mission serves as a Tier II Computer Network Defense Service Provider for 108 mission partners, including, but not limited to five combatant commands, 15 defense agencies and organizations, nine cleared defense contractors, and two federal agencies.
The operations center can also monitor the nation’s vast cyber infrastructure.
Scott AFB opened a new 21,500 sq. ft. facility for the 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, which can house personnel airlift wounded people to medical facilities. The 375th AES’s mission is to provide Theater Aeromedical Evacuation System capabilities to support group, wing, numbered Air Force, major commands and Air Force missions. The building represents where the Air Force is headed with new construction and is designed under a LEED certification process, which stands for Leadership, Energy and Environmental Design. This provides a framework for designers to work toward sustainable buildings that uses less energy and is eco-friendly.
Base personnel delivered and staged bundles of water main pipe in key areas, which replaced the 60-year-old cast iron water mains that have exceeded their useful lifespan.
The new water mains provide more reliable service and improved and balanced water pressure across the base. The base focused on resource conservation, the new pipes reduced the need for system flushing and reduced water main breaks.
The renovations and construction at Scott Air Force Base have been done to ensure the base’s capabilities are at a maximum and to help carry out its mission sets.
The 375th Air Mobility Wing has also expanded its capabilities in an Air Force operating with less money, personnel, and resources. Airmen have successfully implemented the “Innovation” piece of the “ICE,” or innovation, communication, and excellence principles that Col. Laura Lenderman, 375th Air Mobility Wing commander, asks the wing to embody each day, which enables Rapid Global Mobility for the nation.
As a result of this initiative, the base utilized C-130 and KC-135 aeromedical static trainers. These static trainers provide a localized simulation platform that could also be credited toward training, which is tradition ally accomplished in-flight. This saved the base around $375,000 a year.
In a fast-paced society, the demands for quick communication and instant resources are high. The 375th Communications Support Squadron developed multiple applications to meet these demands.
The development flight, a team of 40 programmers and software engineering managers, fielded three new innovative applications this year: the Attachment Three Assessment Tool, Aeromedical Power System, and the Mobility Guardian Exercise Registration Tool. In total, the 375th CSPTS applications supported 172,000 DOD users, which saved almost 18,000 man-hours and nearly $12 million in 2016.
Innovation is part of Scott AFB’s heritage, and it is a key reason the base is able to carry out its capabilities in global mobility and cyber operations, and will be able to do so in the future.