Dodge Fitness Center extends hours of operation

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  • By Zion Dillahunt
  • 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

*Revised on March 1, 2024*

Dodge and Jarvis Fitness Centers are now available 24/7 for uniformed service members and their adult family members 18 or older, service retirees, and Department of Defense civilian employees.

“We want as many people to use the fitness centers as we can manage,” said Kevin Ball, the 88th Force Support Squadron’s Fitness and Sports manager. “To facilitate this objective, we are in the process of submitting a memo to the wing commander for approval, enabling both civilians and military personnel to access our gymnasiums. This action ensures full compliance with DoD instruction."

AFI 34-101, “AIR FORCE MORALE, WELFARE, AND RECREATION PROGRAMS AND USE ELIGIBILITY,” is the guidance fitness centers adhere to. It categorizes and prioritizes each authorized group’s accessibility to facilities.

To have 24/7 access, patrons must undergo a verification process and sign a statement of understanding.

Service members and DOD civilians must provide their Common Access Card (CAC) to gym personnel at each separate facility so they can receive 24/7 access.

Adult family members and service retirees without a CAC can go to Dodge or Jarvis Fitness Center and show their Military Identification card to obtain a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) card. The RFID will enable them access to the facilities after staffed hours.

RFID cards are limited, 88 FSS officials said. Therefore, if patrons lose or damage the RFID, the cardholder will only be permitted one replacement per year.

Starting March 4, Dodge Fitness Center will be in accordance with Jarvis Fitness Center as both will have staffed operations Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wright Field Fitness Center staff operations are 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday to Thursday and 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays. It’s also open weekends, holidays, and Air Force Materiel Command family days during the hours of 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

During staffed operations, fitness center accessibility for authorized patrons includes uniformed and retired service members, dependents, DOD civilian employees and DOD retired civilians.

Additionally, during staffed operations, all authorized patrons may sponsor a guest to use a fitness center if they remain with them in the facility.

“24/7 access is limited due to our economic resources and certain safety risks,” Ball said. “However, we are determined to continuously brainstorm ways to make sure everyone has the access they need that will be suitable for them.”

If you have any further questions, call Dodge Fitness Center at 937-257-4225.