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Multi-purpose sports field aids "Fit to Fight

PATRICK AFB, Fla. -- Construction on a new multi-purpose sports field near the Riverside Dining Facility on Patrick is slated for completion in November.

This state-of-the-art, regulation-size, multi-purpose field will be used for numerous activities such as football, soccer and "warfit" activities to aid in Patrick's "Fit to Fight" campaign.

The project was designed by Technical Engineering Support Services and is being built by Court One Corporation, both working under contract to the 45th Civil Engineer Squadron.

According to Master Sgt. John Garner, 45th CES, one of the standout features is a rain sensor sprinkler system, which will allow for proper irrigation of the field. The sensors will detect the amount of rain the field gets from day to day and only activate the sprinkler system when necessary.

Along with that, a special soil, used in professional sports stadiums, is being used with proper compacting to ensure minimal amounts of wear and tear from frequent usage. This type of engineering design will extend the life of the field's surface.

"The field will allow flexibility for commanders," said Sergeant Garner. "They can use it to motivate their Airmen and enhance readiness, teamwork, team building and morale."