Dikembe Mutombo Speaks at Air Force Fitness Center Grand Opening

Dikembe Mutombo speaks to members of Team Dobbins on Nov 18 at the grand opening of the renovated fitness center at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta GA US Air Force photo by Don Peek
<p>Dikembe Mutombo speaks to members of Team Dobbins on Nov. 18 at the grand opening of the renovated fitness center at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, GA. <em>U.S. Air Force photo by Don Peek.</em></p>

Former NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo was on hand for the grand opening of the new fitness center at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Marietta, GA. The ceremony took place last Tuesday.

According to a press release from the U.S. Air Force, the new fitness center received about 30 new pieces of equipment. Also, $3.5 million in renovations were made to the building that was originally constructed 60 years ago, according to Col. Marshall Irvin, 94th Mission Support Group commander. The fitness center will be available to all branches at Dobbins.

Mutombo told members of Team Dobbins that he would sign autographs and challenged anyone "who wants to go one-on-one."

"I am so pleased to be here," Mutombo said at the grand opening. "I am so thankful for your dedication and service to this wonderful country that we love. Thank you for putting your lives on the line every day."

Mutombo, who played 18 seasons in the NBA for six teams, including the nearby Atlanta Hawks, could be a candidate for the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame as early as next year.

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