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Auto Craft Club provides mechanics of car care

Monique Brisson checks the condition of her car’s air filter at the base Auto Hobby Shop.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tommie Horton)

Monique Brisson checks the condition of her car’s air filter at the base Auto Hobby Shop. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tommie Horton)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Guys aren't the only ones into cars.

Just ask Monique Brisson, a 581st Software Maintenance Squadron electronics engineer, who recently became the secretary of the Robins Auto Craft Club.

Brisson has always been interested in working on cars, though her experience is limited.

"I settled on looking to get a 1947-1953 Chevy 3100," she said. "I felt that joining the auto club would not only give me a place to work on my car, but would also surround me with people who have extensive knowledge who could provide guidance and insight."

Bill Gurr, Outdoor Recreation director, said the Auto Craft Club was established with people like Brisson in mind.

The club gives Airmen a place to work on their vehicles, while saving money and learning a lifelong skill and hobby, Gurr said.

Brisson agreed.

"The club is good for people at Robins because it gives them a place to work on their vehicles and access to auto lifts and other specialty tools the average auto enthusiast might not have in their tool box at home," she said. "Having the right equipment and a place to work on a vehicle makes even a simple job like an oil change easier and faster. 

The club is open Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for new members to join and get their safety training. 

Once they're trained and pay the membership fees - $15 a month or $5 a month for airman basic through staff sergeant - they're eligible to use the shop equipment. 

The club has three lifts, a flat bay, tire-changing equipment, battery-charging and oil-changing stations, and hand tools available.  

People who aren't members can use the shop on an hourly basis. To do so, they must pay $5 an hour. To check out this service, see a club council member.

"First priority will be taking care of the Airmen and their families," Gurr said. "Come out and support this activity or just stop by the facility for a tour. If you love cars or want to learn the simple things, we have a club member waiting to help."

The club is located in Bldg. 985 on 10th Street, behind the Outdoor Recreation and Arts and Crafts building. All ID card holders with access to base are eligible to join.