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Dorms-4-Airmen:Shiloh dorm offers larger quarters, more privacy

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  • By Airman 1st Class Amber Kelly-Woodward
  • 375th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
A leap was made in the improvement of quality of life for Scott's junior Airmen with the completion of the Shiloh Hall dormitory. 

After nearly two years of construction, the official ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday at 1 p.m. 

The new layout of Shiloh Hall, called Dorms-4-Airmen, offers improved living, larger quarters and more privacy, all in accordance with the new Air Force standard. The floor plan consists of four separate bedrooms and bathrooms with a common kitchen, living room and laundry room. Shiloh also offers more storage for Airmen. 

"The dorms have come a long way since I came in," said Master Sgt. Michael Nicklow, 375th Civil Engineer Squadron Dormitory superintendent. "We used to have roommates and one bathroom for the whole hallway." 

Each 128-square foot dorm room has a bed, desk, night stand, small refrigerator, full bathroom, walk-in closet and two dressers. The kitchen has a stove, refrigerator, microwave and dining area. 

"There is a small refrigerator for those who are of age to keep alcohol in and other items locked up, and a main fridge for all other food," said Paula Jackson, 375th Civil Engineer Squadron housing flight chief. 

The living room has two couches and a 24-inch flat-screen television. There is also a main dayroom, like the other dorms, which has game tables, a large flat-screen television with recliners, vending machines and a larger washing machine and dryer.
"We are currently in the works of getting basic cable for the common living areas and wireless internet in the dayroom shared by everyone," said Sergeant Nicklow.
A total of 120 Airmen can be housed in Shiloh. 

"Airmen are being moved in according to time on station and rank," said Sergeant Nicklow. "We're also letting them choose their suitemates." 

Those with the most time on station and higher rank have priority when it comes to moving in to Shiloh. 

Presently in the Belleville and Mascoutah Halls, Airmen each have their own room and share a bathroom with one other Airman. Airman in O'Fallon Hall also have their own room and share a bathroom, but they share a kitchenette as well with one other Airman. Mascoutah Hall is currently unoccupied due to ongoing renovations. 

"Airmen are enjoying their own bathroom and laundry room, the living room idea with the TV and the big kitchen," said Staff Sgt. David Sarinas, 375th CES dormitory manager.
"It's basically like having their own apartment," added Staff Sgt. Hector Rodriguez, 375th CES dormitory manager. 

Airman 1st Class Michael Clarke, a weather forecaster with the 15th Operational Weather Squadron, was one of the first Airmen to move in to Shiloh Hall from Mascoutah Hall. 

"I feel a little more grown up living in here with the kitchen," said Airman Clarke.
The new dorm layout was tested at eight bases before becoming standard.