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JBSA-Randolph dorm residents ask, leadership answers

By Tech. Sgt. Ave I. Young | 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs | Nov. 27, 2019

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas —

A dormitory at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph now has a fully furnished and equipped learning center with two Air Force network computers and a printer.

The dorm council presented an idea to convert the unused game room into a computer room to Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Fleming, 502nd Security Forces Group command chief, during a tour of the dorms.

“Our executive council noticed how many Airmen go to school, but have to travel back and forth to work in order to do their homework and print things out,” said Airman 1st Class Amelia Franklin, dorm council president and Air Force Training Center retraining technician. ”We also took notice of how the game rooms here at the dorms were never used, so we came up with a plan to turn that room into the study room.”

The center’s office furniture was donated from various JBSA-Randolph offices.

“The 502nd Civil Engineer IT department donated two computers for the learning center,” said Joseph Turnbow, dormitory manager. “The 502nd CES will also be providing a printer.”

“The study room will be available at all times,” Franklin said. “We have many different career fields here at the dorms, meaning many different time schedules. The goal is to take stress off of the Airmen when it comes to school so the study room will be available 24/7.”

Without the efforts of Turnbow and Fleming,  Franklin believes the learning center could not have been created.

“The project took some time because we had to figure out how to come up with the money for the communications squadron to provide connectivity,” Turnbow said.

“Having this computer room will result in more participation in pursuing higher education and take some of the stress off of student Airmen who cannot afford a computer,” Franklin said. “Having the resources more available to us makes Airmen want to participate.”

The video game consoles from the game room were donated to the JBSA-Randolph Fire Department.