Roll out on Vogelweh’s new roller rink

Story and photo by Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Skaters enjoy the newly opened Cross Roads Community Center for the first time Nov. 1 on Vogelweh. The Crossroads Community Center offers the KMC a new way to spend time with family and friends of all ages.

Skaters enjoy the newly opened Cross Roads Community Center for the first time Nov. 1 on Vogelweh. The Crossroads Community Center offers the KMC a new way to spend time with family and friends of all ages.

Just like Optimus’ favorite line, the call to “roll out” on Vogelweh has been heard, and with the opening of the new Crossroads Community Center Annex and roller rink, KMC residents have all the spark needed to visit the newly transformed facility.

Stocked with a brand new roller rink, a Wi-Fi lounge and an E-Street Cafe, the 86th Force Support Squadron has equipped the new center with more attractions than Cybertron.

“Rejuvenating and revitalizing Vogelweh has been a key concern,” said Chief Master Sgt. Steven Mandell, 86th FSS superintendent. “We created a new environment for families and people of all ages to come enjoy themselves in a safe and secure location.”


Attendees of the opening ceremony quickly began to enjoy the services offered. Within the first few minutes, skaters began to roll out and race along the track.

“It’s certainly a great new way to stay active,” said Elizabeth Krywanczyk, 86th FSS recreation assistant. “Winter is coming, but everyone can come here and listen to music, grab some coffee and lap around our new rink.”

Skaters rushed onto the rink, and the facility was quickly filled with the laughter and smiles of all those in attendance.

“I was really looking forward to the opening,’ said Joseph Martin, 15, son of Lt. Col. John Martin, NATO Logistics branch head. “It’s been pretty interesting so far. I came with a group of friends, and we’ve all been having a good time skating and laughing.”

Children and teenagers weren’t the only one sharing in on the laughter. Parents and Airmen also made appearances.

“Having a new, safe and friendly opportunity for families to come out and spend time together definitely has a positive impact on the installation’s mood,” said Monty Bussey, parent of 14-year-olds Chamonti and Ymanijones Bussey. “As a parent, I’m really glad there’s another option for me and my family to spend time with each other.”

Bussey added that his children were enjoying the time spent at the community center as well.

“We’ve been having an awesome time,” Chamonti and Ymanijones said. “The skating is great, and we both plan on coming back with friends and having another great day here.”

Whether it’s enjoying some family time, having fun with friends or attending events for those 18 or older, the Crossroads Community Center offers a good time. For more information, call 489-5494.