Published: October 4, 2013
Soft lighting, relaxing atmosphere and friendly conversations over a hot cup of coffee that makes you feel like you are in a quaint coffee bistro downtown, without leaving the dormitory?
Welcome to the Eclipse Cyber Cafe, in Building 1164, where single airmen living in the dorms can mingle and stay socially active after the workday ends.
"It provides airmen with a place where they can socialize, make friendships and get out of their rooms," said Lt. Col. Timothy Porter, 21st Space Wing chaplain.
"The primary purpose of it is to raise quality of life and morale for the airmen living in the dorms."
Exercising and going out for a run is a great way to stay in good physical shape. But being social and meeting new people is a great way to stay mentally fit.
"Social networking is a big thing, hanging out and meeting people," Porter said. "They can also do school assignments there. They can use the Wi-Fi to send emails to family and friends," he added.
"The Eclipse caf?is a great place where dorm residents can wind down after work, get a boost of caffeine before school or before going out with friends," said Airman 1st Class Andrea Canas, 21st Dental Squadron dental laboratory technician."
Eclipse is intended to be a safe, alcohol-free environment that gives single airmen an alternative to going downtown. The Cafe also host events like gaming tournaments and karaoke. Plus it connects airmen with social activities on and off base.
"It is a place to introduce them to a healthy, clean environment," Porter said. "If they are under age, it's an alternative to other things that may not be so good for them."
Providing a high-quality internet cafe for the airmen residing in the dormitory was the plan from the very beginning.
"Chief Redman (21st Space Wing command chief) was a part of the initial startup (in 2006), and to me this is the best airman ministry center that I have seen, because it is right there for them to just drop in," Porter said.
Due to recent budget constraints, many were unsure if the cafe would be closed. But the positive impact it has had on airmen has been noticed, and the doors have remained open.
Even though the cafe is sponsored by the chapel, no religious affiliation is required to use the services at Eclipse, and the Internet and coffee are both free.
Eclipse Cyber Caf?is open Wednesday 5-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to midnight, and Sunday 1-9 p.m.