Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, D.C. -- Navy Capt. Anthony T. Calandra addressed Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling members March 12 at the Stewart Theater.
There he spoke about several subjects, including projects being worked on base, their start and completion dates and the effect they would have on JBAB members. Some of these include the construction of a new ceiling in the Fitness Center I basketball court; construction of new locker rooms in the Navy Fitness Center; and the completion of the Firth Sterling Gate, which is set to reopen in April. He mentioned quality of life improvements also being made at Blanchard Barracks and Navy Bachelor Housing.
Calandra also explained that the JBAB track would be closed beginning March 26 to install a new Astroturf field, and that an alternate route for physical fitness testing would be announced in the near future.
He also addressed concerns about fiscal austerity on the horizon.
"Those two words never go good together," he said. "I've lived through this before, and it's not fun, but it's also not the end of the world. There are a lot of other bases from all services that are competing for the same amount of military construction money. There are still improvements happening, but it's going to get harder and harder for us to grab a slice of that pie."
Calandra addressed transportation and parking concerns on base, and recommended JBAB members utilize alternate modes of mass transit to help alleviate some of the problems with traffic and parking congestion.
He also addressed comprehensive Airman and Sailor fitness, emphasizing mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellness.
He wrapped up his comments by reminding JBAB members that two of the most common causes of untimely death for military members are traffic accidents and suicide, and once again implored Airmen and Sailors to look out for themselves and each other and help keep each other safe.
"I've never lost a person in my command, and I don't want that to ever happen," Calandra said. "There are plenty of things that keep me awake at night, and that is the one thing above all else. Look out for your wingman and look out for your shipmate."