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Audie Murphy Athletic Center to get $1.5 million facelift

Audie Murphy Athletic Center will close at the end of October for five to six months for a $1.5 million facelift.

The upgrade includes the addition of a 2,700-square-foot workout room, a heating and air conditioning unit in the entire facility, additional parking and shower stalls in both locker rooms. It will also include repainting all of the interior walls, new flooring, windows and a new gym sign.

“This is a big deal for Fort Benning,” said Joanne Cain, fitness program specialist at Audie Murphy.

The upgrade is needed because the number of Soldiers training at the center during PT hours is almost as many as Soldiers who are training at the Smith Fitness Center. And the timing is ideal, said Ken Wetherill, Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Sports director, because of Soldiers and families moving here because of Base Realignment and Closure.

“This will be bring Audie Murphy to the next level,” Cain said. “It’s an athletic performance center and we are trying to make it the best facility to develop athletes at Fort Benning.”

With so many athletes who train at Fort Benning — whether it’s visitors, including the All-Army softball and rugby teams and the World Class Athlete Program wrestlers, or regulars, such as the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team football team and the Fort Benning Ten-Miler team — Cain said she wants them to know that Audie Murphy is the place to train.

“Upgrading Audie Murphy has always been a dream and now the dream has come true,”