ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. – A place for soldiers and civilians to “recharge” during the day was dedicated at the U.S. Army Sustainment Command headquarters here Oct. 18.
The “recharge room” is actually made up of two rooms: one for relaxing and one for exercising. The relaxation room has massage chairs and lounge chairs for employees to sit on. The exercise room has two treadmills, an elliptical machine, and a set of weights and a weight bench.
The idea for the halls was born in 2017. However, the process of selecting the area, identifying the equipment and purchasing it, in addition to some unforeseen delays, has postponed the official opening of the hall until now. .
“The lengthy process once the contract was signed was due to manufacturing and distribution issues that arose during the pandemic,” said Linda Ottman, ASC’s human resources program specialist. Ottman, who led the project, said they had to wait over a year to finally receive the equipment.
She said the domain aims to improve both the mental and physical health of the CHW workforce.
“It’s meant to be a break from your computer,” Ottman said. “We have a sedentary workforce and we really want people to get up and move.”
Ottman said the recharge zone is a dedicated space in the CSA headquarters building where soldiers and civilians can relax or exercise for 10 to 15 minutes and then return to their jobs.
Ottman said having a relaxation area and an exercise room caters to the different ways people cool off.
The charging area was in use for a few months before the official inauguration, Ottman said.
“About 70 to 75 different people come into this room per month, and 150 visits is our current average,” Ottman said, adding that she hopes that now that word is out, more people will take advantage of it.
At the inauguration, Col. Scott Kindberg, CSA Chief of Staff, said the idea for the area was to allow people to get away from the stress of their jobs.
After leaving the area, employees are more focused and recharged, Kindberg said during his dedication speech. Kindberg added that he used the exercise room to eliminate occasional stress.
The Charge Room, and a variety of other programs available to CSA personnel, are consistent with the CSA “All Things People” campaign and align with Command Line of Effort 4: Develop , empowering and protecting a professional workforce.
He also supports the US Army motto, “Mission First, People Always”.