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Changes are afoot behind the scenes at Club Iwakuni.

Workers are pulling apart the kitchen this month as part of a project that base officials say will improve the food service at the club, which is the only fine-dining facility at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni.

Also, programs for children and teens will get a boost from Combined Federal Campaign funds, according to Marine Corps Community Services.

The club’s kitchen and dining area are getting a makeover that should be completed in May, MCCS said.

"It will make quite a big effect on the variety, flexibility and speed with which the food comes out," said Christopher Reitman, deputy marketing officer for the base’s MCCS.

Club Iwakuni is considered among the service’s best food establishments. It received a Marine Corps Food and Hospitality Excellence Award for fiscal year 2007 from Marine Corps Community Services.

Meanwhile, MCCS Iwakuni received more than $5,300 this year from CFC to be used on its family support and youth programs, according to MCCS spokeswoman K.C. Rich.

The Iwakuni money from CFC’s annual global fundraising campaign in 2008 will be used to upgrade the reception area at the Child Development Center with children’s furniture, a storage set and children’s books and magazines, Rich said in an e-mail to Stars and Stripes.

New digital cameras will soon be available to document children’s development at the center and the Teen Center will get a wireless microphone, mixer, Dance Dance Revolution pad and black light, she said.

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