Building manager puts fitness on top
KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Running in the hallways of the dorm is dangerous, but one dorm manager is making it an exception at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea.
During the operational readiness exercise most facilities on base are closed, so dorm residents have to be creative when it comes to fitness.
"I see a lot of dorm residents walking up and down the stairs working out, because the fitness center is closed during an exercise," said Tech. Sgt. Jesus Olivares, 8th Civil Engineering Squadron, building 535 dorm manager.
According to Olivares, several of the older dorms have fitness equipment, but residents in the newer tower dorms such as building 535 do not have them.
"I remember reading the minutes from the past dorm managers meetings and several of our residents asked why there was no fitness equipment, so I pursued it," he said.
Olivares made it one of his priorities to give fitness equipment to the dorm residents in the building he manages.
"I was trying to see if I could make a fitness room out of the 6th and 7th floor storage locker rooms," he said. "Unfortunately I couldn't take apart the treadmills to fit them through the doors, so we put them in the cutouts (originally designated for snack machines) of the hallways."
Olivares accredits being 'in the right place at the right time,' when he acquired two treadmills and two elliptical machines.
"The 8th Force Support Squadron fitness center donated the equipment, as they were going to Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office (DRMO) them and had it set aside. With their help, it took me less than two weeks to get the equipment."
While Olivares did not get all the equipment he requested, he stated this is just the first phase of his ultimate goal of setting up two moderately equipped fitness rooms on the 6th and 7th floors of building 535, the first of four tower dorms to receive workout equipment.
"While this is just the beginning, this is another venue for dorm residents who work swing shifts and do not have access to the fitness center during their normal duty hours to continue their fitness."