Bowling Center Reopening, Let the Good Times Roll!

Bowling Center Reopening, Let the Good Times Roll!

The Columbus Air Force Base Bowling Center was once the center of activity and a bustling gathering place for the base community. It has a rich history of bowling tournaments, family gatherings, and a popular hangout for service men and women, base employees, and retirees. However, over the past couple of years, it has struggled to stay afloat due to COVID-19 restrictions and retaining employees. The FSS Community Services Flight has risen to the challenge and is reopening the bowling lanes beginning this month, Monday through Friday. The grill will also have extended times to include dinner.

The Bowling Center staff is dedicated to providing a menu with many entrees as well as a wide range of beverage options including beer and mixed drinks. The full menu can bee seen on website.
Strike Zone Lanes are available for walk-ins or you can reserve your lane by calling the center. Bowling is available Monday – Friday (see the schedule) with Neon Bowling on Friday nights.

The 10-lane center has state-of-the-art Qubica Auto Scoring System with graphics, synthetic lanes, and an extreme light and sound system. There are two large screens that also show movies and music videos on Friday nights. The staff is also making plans for a variety of special programs such as leagues, squadron parties, Friday night Neon bowling, and holiday specials.

There is Something for Everyone at Outdoor Recreation

There is Something for Everyone at Outdoor Recreation

Cookers, coolers, fishing rods, cornhole, outdoor games, tables and chairs, generators, 2-wheelers and dollies, tents, rakes, shovels, bicycles, boats, RVs, campers, trailers, life jackets, surf boards, lawn mowers and other lawn care equipment, camping gear… you name it, CAFB Outdoor Recreation has something for everyone! ODR is here to supply all of your equipment needs to make your next outdoor excursion fantastic!

The Tennessee-Tombigbee waterway offers some of the best recreational bass fishing in the nation. The area also offers some of the best white-tail deer hunting and ODR has equipment to outfit your hunting or fishing expedition. There are plenty of wilderness and State Parks near by for camping and just spending time in nature. ODR has RVs, campers, tents, and all the gear you need for a great outdoor experience.

If you enjoy water sports, ODR offers a large variety of inexpensive boat rentals to including canoes, bass boats, deck boats, pontoon boats, and a Bass Tracker boat.
ODR’s Equipment Rental section offers a wide variety of home and garden equipment and tools, picnic supplies, grills, generators, open and closed utility trailers, carpet cleaners, and much more.

Outdoor Recreation offers many programs, events, and services throughout the year to give you an opportunity to enjoy the glorious outdoors either on a self-directed basis or as part of our numerous outdoor adventure programs. Some of the events ODR has conducted in the past include ping pong tournaments, tandem sky diving excursions, indoor rock climbing, volleyball tournaments, archery tournaments, paintball tournaments, skeet shooting tournaments, cornhole tournaments, canoe tug-a-war, and much more.

Plans are underway to utilize the old golf course for an outdoor adventure park with a variety of activities for families and the entire base community. This outdoor activity center will be called Venture 360, where the community and fun come full circle. More to come about this exciting new concept in outdoor fun in the near future.




Jason Montgomery took over as the CAFB Outdoor Recreation Manager in June of 2018 and literally hit the ground running. His journey started during the peak of the rental and pool season. He took up the challenge of his new role quickly and has not missed a beat since.

CAFB is in Jason’s blood having been born right here in the late 70’s. Prior to his Air Force Civilian career he served as a Mississippi State Park Ranger, which provided valuable experience for the outdoor services he provides.

“ODR has given me the privilege of serving again, via Airmen and families,” said Mr. Montgomery. “This base has meant so much to my community. I knew the position I had in front of me and felt honored for the opportunity. My hope is to continue expanding the foot-print of our operation by offering diverse outdoor options that boost morale and create healthy memories for the people of Columbus Air Force Base.”

He went on to say, “I think it’s important that every person ask themselves the question
‘why do I do what I do’. Each of us want to feel we are a part of something bigger than ourselves. I have the privilege of working with a team of incredible people with one common goal, improving the lives of others. I can’t imagine anything greater.”

Columbus AFB is lucky to have such a dedicated ODR Manager!


New, Inviting Look for the CAFB Library at The Commons

New, Inviting Look for the CAFB Library at The Commons

The Columbus AFB Library is still located in the BLAZE Commons only in a new and more visible place. A new storefront section close to the Commons open area will now make seeing and getting to the library much easier.

The Library, now open to in-person patrons, is a full service library with a dedicated and delightful staff ready to serve. They strive to connect both young and old patrons with information as well as encouraging them to experience the joy of reading.
In addition to fiction and non-fiction titles for all, the library offers audio books, eBooks, movies, and computer-based programs to meet educational and recreational reading needs. Wi-Fi access is available throughout the facility. The computer lab has three CAC-enabled computers and printing services.

The library’s collection also includes: the Air Force Chief of Staff Reading List to foster Airmanship; testing study materials (e.g., CLEP, DSST, ASVAB, SAT, ACT, GRE, and much more), Spanish books, printed newspapers and magazines for adults and children are also available. Its digital imprint includes OverDrive, RBDigital, Mango Language programs, and more. The Air Force’s eLibrary provides a wealth of resources for everyone.

Needless to say, the library staff has had to be extremely creative during the COVID pandemic which basically closed the library to in-person access. They have utilized social media, particularly Facebook, to continue providing informative and fun programs in a virtual environment. Almost daily live and recorded events allowed them to continue programs such as StoryTime, Blaze Book Club, Youth Book Club, and Fiber Arts with Megan using Zoom and Facebook. They added other virtual and interactive fun events such as Crazy Hair Competition, Name Your Car Day, Wisteria Wednesday, Joke Hoteline Day, and much more.

As restrictions are slowly being lifted, the library has begun hosting Story Time at Freedom Park. The Summer Reading Program kicks off this month with Story Time on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; Movie Mondays; special craft sessions, and other activities to encourage summer reading.




CT Salazar at Columbus AFB LibraryCharles “CT” Salazar has been librarian here at Columbus AFB for more than 2 years but did you know he is also an accomplished poet? In fact, he was the 2020 recipient of the prestigious Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Award in poetry.

“Some of my favorite writers, including past National Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize recipient, Natasha Trethewey, have been recipients of this award in the past,” said Salazar.
“It was pretty neat to be nominated much less actually receiving the award.”

CT has a MFA in poetry and playwriting and is finishing up his Masters in Library Science degree. In addition to his library proficiency, he is writing a book that will be released in 2022.

Prior to the COVID pandemic, Salazar spent most of his weekends visiting libraries, universities, and bookstores for readings or guest lectures in other states.

Columbus AFB is lucky to have such an incredibly gifted librarian!



Mr. Quinton "Q" Floyd at Columbus AFB Fitness CenterMr. Quinton Floyd has now been at Columbus AFB for 15 months as the Fitness Center Director. After serving in the Army for 8 years, he has continued to serve his country by helping meet the fitness goals of Airman for more than 30 years. Mr. Floyd, or “Q” as he is commonly called, came to Columbus from Homestead Air Force Base in Florida where he also served as the Fitness Director.

Floyd’s passion for fitness began while in Germany when he was in the Army. He got involved in a lot of different sports and volunteered as a fitness instructor. He has been a bodybuilder and powerlifter for many years which is how he developed a love for fitness.

“I look at being the Fitness Director as just another way to serve my country,” said Floyd.

Columbus AFB FSS is lucky to have “Q” on our team!

Fitness Center is at the Center of CAFB Life

Fitness Center is at the Center of CAFB Life

May is Fitness Month and the Fitness Center is open, ready to help meet the physical fitness needs of Columbus AFB. Staying in shape and healthy is an essential part of Air Force life especially those in pilot training. In fact, it is a requirement as part of the training program. The professional, certified staff offers an array of fitness options with top-of-the-line workout equipment, aerobics classes, intramural sports, monthly Fun Runs, and other special events to promote fitness.

As the COVID-19 pandemic lingers, it has been a challenge to continue to provide high quality exercise services at the center while providing maximum risk mitigation in the process. Sanitizing, social distancing measures, and limiting rental equipment has become a normal part of the staff’s everyday activity and concerns.
As restrictions ease, the center is now offering 24/7 access to active duty patrons. Also, the locker rooms and showers are now available. The basketball and racquetball courts opened back up in March allowing for fun events such as the Dodgeball Challenge and 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament.

The Fitness Center houses cardio equipment, two rooms of selectorized weight machines, a free weight room, spin room, aerobics room, 2 racquetball courts and a full size basketball court.

For those new to fitness, Fitness 101 Instructional classes are available. The Fitness Center has a large selection of cardiovascular and strength training equipment with instructional classes available. Trained fitness specialists will teach you how to exercise effectively to meet your goals, as well as train you how to use the exercise equipment. This is a great class for those who are new to working-out, or who haven’t been to the Fitness Center recently.
There is a room with video equipment where diverse and intense workout DVD’s can be played so that you can workout at your own pace.

The Fitness Center also operates the Alpha Warrior tent. This facility houses various apparatus for suspension training that utilizes your body weight for resistance and helps you build muscular strength and endurance, helps build a rock solid core and can benefits people of all fitness levels. There are also a wide range of weight conditioning equipment.




We’d like to welcome Ms. Joni Nalley to the Columbus AFB community. Ms. Nalley will serve as the School Liaison Officer (SLO) as part of the Child and Youth Programs Flight. Ms. Nalley comes to us from Tyndall AFB in Panama City, Florida where she also served as the School Liaison Officer.

Ms. Nalley takes over for Ms. Leslie Flynn who recently relocated to serve as a School Liaison at Hill AFB.

Ms. Nalley began working for the Air Force in 2012 and was a Force Support Squadron member since the beginning. Prior to becoming a School Liaison, she served as an Education Services Specialist at both Aviano AB and Kadena AB.

Ms. Nalley is from Tallahassee, Florida and is a graduate of Park University and Troy University. We are excited to have Ms. Nalley as a member of the CAFB team.

Child Development Center Dedicated to Physical, Emotional, and Intellectual Needs of Young Children

Child Development Center Dedicated to Physical, Emotional, and Intellectual Needs of Young Children

April is Month of the Military Child but the Columbus Air Force Base Child Development Center (CDC) is committed to developing skills for life year-round. It does this by offering a high quality early childhood program that provides a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of young children.


The CDC Staff is encouraged to work toward a Child Development Associate Credential, an Associate’s degree or Bachelors degree. All are required to complete the Air Force child development training modules within their first 18 months of employment. In addition, they meet with the Training and Curriculum Specialist monthly for training. All staff are trained in first aid and CPR. Directors and Training and Curriculum Specialists (T&CS) are educated professionals in Child Development and Early Childhood practices.


The CDC uses curriculum that is based on the well-established “Early Learning Matters Curriculum” which focuses on meeting the needs and interests of the whole child by using an individualized lesson plan. Children learn to develop self-help skills through hands-on experiences. The diverse CDC staff offers introduction to various languages through inclusion of Spanish and Sign Language. Long-term projects and studies give children an opportunity to explore and learn in-depth. Daily outdoor activities and a state-of-the-art playground offer the mastery of motor development skills while, at the same time, providing an activity children enjoy. Children going to Kindergarten each fall are well prepared having participate in pre-reading, math, and writing activities.

The program is accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) which recognizes programs that provide high quality learning for all children.


Columbus AFB CDC accepts children six weeks of age through five years (until they enter Kindergarten). Children of active duty, DoD/NAF civilian employees, contract personnel, and retirees may use the CDC. Children are enrolled in full-time slots and drop-in care is available only on a space available basis. Hourly rates apply for drop-in care.