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A lava rock bed in front of Bldg. 1436 clearly identifies it as home to members of the 51st Security Forces Squadron at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. The marker is one of many renovations the building received during a one-day transformation as part of the “Worst Dorm First” campaign. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

A lava rock bed in front of Bldg. 1436 clearly identifies it as home to members of the 51st Security Forces Squadron at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. The marker is one of many renovations the building received during a one-day transformation as part of the “Worst Dorm First” campaign. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Airman 1st Class Zackery Stroup, left, and Airman Alexander Carroll, both 51st Security Forces Squadron force protection members, re-screen a window during the “Worst Dorm First” renovation of Bldg. 1436 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. Dorm residents, along with help from the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron Structures Shop, re-screened a total of 28 windows. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Airman 1st Class Zackery Stroup, left, and Airman Alexander Carroll, both 51st Security Forces Squadron force protection members, re-screen a window during the “Worst Dorm First” renovation of Bldg. 1436 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. Dorm residents, along with help from the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron Structures Shop, re-screened a total of 28 windows. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Airman 1st Class Zackery Stroup, 51st Security Forces Squadron force protection member, places a polyvinyl chloride seal in the frame of a window while re-screening it in Bldg. 1436 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. This was the second wave of Airman dorm renovations for the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron Airman Dorm Leaders’ “Worst Dorm First” program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Airman 1st Class Zackery Stroup, 51st Security Forces Squadron force protection member, places a polyvinyl chloride seal in the frame of a window while re-screening it in Bldg. 1436 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. This was the second wave of Airman dorm renovations for the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron Airman Dorm Leaders’ “Worst Dorm First” program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Airmen 1st Class Rod Galvan, left, 51st Security Forces Squadron force protection member, and Fausto Lopez, 51st SFS entry controller, re-paint a stairwell in Bldg. 1436 during a “Worst Dorm First” renovation at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. Ninety dorm residents and 15 members of the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron Structures Shop re-painted the entire interior of the building, refurbished the day rooms, and built a patio and a volleyball court for the dorm. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Airmen 1st Class Rod Galvan, left, 51st Security Forces Squadron force protection member, and Fausto Lopez, 51st SFS entry controller, re-paint a stairwell in Bldg. 1436 during a “Worst Dorm First” renovation at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. Ninety dorm residents and 15 members of the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron Structures Shop re-painted the entire interior of the building, refurbished the day rooms, and built a patio and a volleyball court for the dorm. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Airman 1st Class Fausto Lopez, 51st Security Forces Squadron entry controller, paints a wall in a stairwell in Bldg. 1436 during a “Worst Dorm First” renovation at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. The 51st Civil Engineer Squadron Airman Dorm Leaders initiated the program to encourage Airmen to take good care of their living quarters by being personally invested in the refurbishment process and to keep repair costs as low as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Airman 1st Class Fausto Lopez, 51st Security Forces Squadron entry controller, paints a wall in a stairwell in Bldg. 1436 during a “Worst Dorm First” renovation at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. The 51st Civil Engineer Squadron Airman Dorm Leaders initiated the program to encourage Airmen to take good care of their living quarters by being personally invested in the refurbishment process and to keep repair costs as low as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Senior Airman Matthew Prichard, 51st Security Forces Squadron area supervisor, wets a paint roller with paint in Bldg. 1436 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. The “Worst Dorm First” campaign aims to renovate all of Osan’s dorms, one per month, alternating between NCO and Airman living quarters. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Senior Airman Matthew Prichard, 51st Security Forces Squadron area supervisor, wets a paint roller with paint in Bldg. 1436 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. The “Worst Dorm First” campaign aims to renovate all of Osan’s dorms, one per month, alternating between NCO and Airman living quarters. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Airman 1st Class Tiffani Vincent, 51st Security Forces Squadron patrolman, wipes down cabinets in one of Bldg. 1436’s dayrooms at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. Defenders labored alongside members of the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron to refurbish the entire building in one day. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Airman 1st Class Tiffani Vincent, 51st Security Forces Squadron patrolman, wipes down cabinets in one of Bldg. 1436’s dayrooms at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. Defenders labored alongside members of the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron to refurbish the entire building in one day. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Airman 1st Class Jacorey Craft, 51st Security Forces Squadron patrolman, cleans a sink in one of Bldg. 1436’s dayrooms at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. The dayroom was one of many areas of the building given a facelift during this portion of the “Worst Dorm First” program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Airman 1st Class Jacorey Craft, 51st Security Forces Squadron patrolman, cleans a sink in one of Bldg. 1436’s dayrooms at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. The dayroom was one of many areas of the building given a facelift during this portion of the “Worst Dorm First” program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

The just-built volleyball court behind Bldg. 1436 is ready for a game at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. The 51st Civil Engineer Squadron “Dirt Boys” were instrumental in creating the area for dorm residents to relax and engage in some friendly competition. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

The just-built volleyball court behind Bldg. 1436 is ready for a game at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. The 51st Civil Engineer Squadron “Dirt Boys” were instrumental in creating the area for dorm residents to relax and engage in some friendly competition. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Freshly-laid bricks forming the new patio area behind Bldg. 1436 wait to feel the footsteps of lounging Airmen at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. The 51st Civil Engineer Squadron “Dirt Boys,” along with dorm residents, used two pallets of the bricks to create the patio and frame lava rock beds around the building. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)
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Freshly-laid bricks forming the new patio area behind Bldg. 1436 wait to feel the footsteps of lounging Airmen at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. The 51st Civil Engineer Squadron “Dirt Boys,” along with dorm residents, used two pallets of the bricks to create the patio and frame lava rock beds around the building. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Airmen enjoy the new landscaping around Bldg. 1436 after a “Worst Dorm First” renovation at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. Lava rock beds now line the entire exterior of the dorm. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)
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Airmen enjoy the new landscaping around Bldg. 1436 after a “Worst Dorm First” renovation at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. Lava rock beds now line the entire exterior of the dorm. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Lava rocks soak up the afternoon sun in a rock bed outside Bldg. 1436 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. Five pallets of lava rocks were used to put the finishing touches on the building’s “Worst Dorm First” transformation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)
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Lava rocks soak up the afternoon sun in a rock bed outside Bldg. 1436 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. Five pallets of lava rocks were used to put the finishing touches on the building’s “Worst Dorm First” transformation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Bldg. 1436, home to members of the 51st Security Forces Squadron, underwent a complete transformation, Oct. 23, thanks to the "Worst Dorm First" program and some old-fashioned elbow grease.

Designed by Chief Master Sgt. Patrick Jones, 51st Civil Engineer Squadron chief, the initiative has now been used in two Airman dorm renovations, with hopes to continue until every dorm at Osan has been updated.

Tech. Sgt. Taylor Vandenboogaard, 51st CES airman dorm leader supervisor, said the name of the program says it all.

"We tested the idea out on the 51st CES dorm to see what a group of people could realistically accomplish in one day," Vandenboogaard said. "Due to our success in the trial run, we decided to implement the program in NCO and Airman dorms across the base."

"Worst Dorm First" involves completely refurbishing an entire building in one day, with the majority of the group made up of residents of that particular dorm. Ninety residents of Bldg. 1436 were led by 15 members of the 51st CES Structures shop for this wave of the program.

The group had no shortage of work. A volleyball court and patio area were built behind the dorm using two pallets of bricks, 28 windows were re-screened, the dayrooms were refurbished, five pallets of lava rocks were used to create rock beds to enhance the landscaping and the entire interior was re-painted.

"It's nice for people who live in the dorm because they get to come home to a nicer place," said Senior Airman Robert Grullon, 51st SFS entry controller.

With the average age of an Osan dorm exceeding 20 years, Vandenboogaard said he hopes this program will help the buildings last for even more years to come.

"I think it's great because the residents are personally invested in the transformation," Vandenboogaard said. "It definitely creates that pride of ownership."

"Worst Dorm First" will continue to renovate one dorm per month, alternating between NCO and Airman dorms. The next building in line for updating has not yet been determined.

Mongrels, defenders revamp dorm

A lava rock bed in front of Bldg. 1436 clearly identifies it as home to members of the 51st Security Forces Squadron at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. The marker is one of many renovations the building received during a one-day transformation as part of the “Worst Dorm First” campaign. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

A lava rock bed in front of Bldg. 1436 clearly identifies it as home to members of the 51st Security Forces Squadron at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. The marker is one of many renovations the building received during a one-day transformation as part of the “Worst Dorm First” campaign. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Airman 1st Class Zackery Stroup, left, and Airman Alexander Carroll, both 51st Security Forces Squadron force protection members, re-screen a window during the “Worst Dorm First” renovation of Bldg. 1436 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. Dorm residents, along with help from the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron Structures Shop, re-screened a total of 28 windows. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Airman 1st Class Zackery Stroup, left, and Airman Alexander Carroll, both 51st Security Forces Squadron force protection members, re-screen a window during the “Worst Dorm First” renovation of Bldg. 1436 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. Dorm residents, along with help from the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron Structures Shop, re-screened a total of 28 windows. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Airman 1st Class Zackery Stroup, 51st Security Forces Squadron force protection member, places a polyvinyl chloride seal in the frame of a window while re-screening it in Bldg. 1436 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. This was the second wave of Airman dorm renovations for the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron Airman Dorm Leaders’ “Worst Dorm First” program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Airman 1st Class Zackery Stroup, 51st Security Forces Squadron force protection member, places a polyvinyl chloride seal in the frame of a window while re-screening it in Bldg. 1436 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. This was the second wave of Airman dorm renovations for the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron Airman Dorm Leaders’ “Worst Dorm First” program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Airmen 1st Class Rod Galvan, left, 51st Security Forces Squadron force protection member, and Fausto Lopez, 51st SFS entry controller, re-paint a stairwell in Bldg. 1436 during a “Worst Dorm First” renovation at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. Ninety dorm residents and 15 members of the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron Structures Shop re-painted the entire interior of the building, refurbished the day rooms, and built a patio and a volleyball court for the dorm. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Airmen 1st Class Rod Galvan, left, 51st Security Forces Squadron force protection member, and Fausto Lopez, 51st SFS entry controller, re-paint a stairwell in Bldg. 1436 during a “Worst Dorm First” renovation at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. Ninety dorm residents and 15 members of the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron Structures Shop re-painted the entire interior of the building, refurbished the day rooms, and built a patio and a volleyball court for the dorm. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Airman 1st Class Fausto Lopez, 51st Security Forces Squadron entry controller, paints a wall in a stairwell in Bldg. 1436 during a “Worst Dorm First” renovation at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. The 51st Civil Engineer Squadron Airman Dorm Leaders initiated the program to encourage Airmen to take good care of their living quarters by being personally invested in the refurbishment process and to keep repair costs as low as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Airman 1st Class Fausto Lopez, 51st Security Forces Squadron entry controller, paints a wall in a stairwell in Bldg. 1436 during a “Worst Dorm First” renovation at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. The 51st Civil Engineer Squadron Airman Dorm Leaders initiated the program to encourage Airmen to take good care of their living quarters by being personally invested in the refurbishment process and to keep repair costs as low as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Senior Airman Matthew Prichard, 51st Security Forces Squadron area supervisor, wets a paint roller with paint in Bldg. 1436 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. The “Worst Dorm First” campaign aims to renovate all of Osan’s dorms, one per month, alternating between NCO and Airman living quarters. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Senior Airman Matthew Prichard, 51st Security Forces Squadron area supervisor, wets a paint roller with paint in Bldg. 1436 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. The “Worst Dorm First” campaign aims to renovate all of Osan’s dorms, one per month, alternating between NCO and Airman living quarters. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Airman 1st Class Tiffani Vincent, 51st Security Forces Squadron patrolman, wipes down cabinets in one of Bldg. 1436’s dayrooms at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. Defenders labored alongside members of the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron to refurbish the entire building in one day. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Airman 1st Class Tiffani Vincent, 51st Security Forces Squadron patrolman, wipes down cabinets in one of Bldg. 1436’s dayrooms at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. Defenders labored alongside members of the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron to refurbish the entire building in one day. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Airman 1st Class Jacorey Craft, 51st Security Forces Squadron patrolman, cleans a sink in one of Bldg. 1436’s dayrooms at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. The dayroom was one of many areas of the building given a facelift during this portion of the “Worst Dorm First” program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Airman 1st Class Jacorey Craft, 51st Security Forces Squadron patrolman, cleans a sink in one of Bldg. 1436’s dayrooms at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. The dayroom was one of many areas of the building given a facelift during this portion of the “Worst Dorm First” program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

The just-built volleyball court behind Bldg. 1436 is ready for a game at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. The 51st Civil Engineer Squadron “Dirt Boys” were instrumental in creating the area for dorm residents to relax and engage in some friendly competition. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

The just-built volleyball court behind Bldg. 1436 is ready for a game at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. The 51st Civil Engineer Squadron “Dirt Boys” were instrumental in creating the area for dorm residents to relax and engage in some friendly competition. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Freshly-laid bricks forming the new patio area behind Bldg. 1436 wait to feel the footsteps of lounging Airmen at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. The 51st Civil Engineer Squadron “Dirt Boys,” along with dorm residents, used two pallets of the bricks to create the patio and frame lava rock beds around the building. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)
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Freshly-laid bricks forming the new patio area behind Bldg. 1436 wait to feel the footsteps of lounging Airmen at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. The 51st Civil Engineer Squadron “Dirt Boys,” along with dorm residents, used two pallets of the bricks to create the patio and frame lava rock beds around the building. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Airmen enjoy the new landscaping around Bldg. 1436 after a “Worst Dorm First” renovation at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. Lava rock beds now line the entire exterior of the dorm. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)
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Airmen enjoy the new landscaping around Bldg. 1436 after a “Worst Dorm First” renovation at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. Lava rock beds now line the entire exterior of the dorm. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Lava rocks soak up the afternoon sun in a rock bed outside Bldg. 1436 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. Five pallets of lava rocks were used to put the finishing touches on the building’s “Worst Dorm First” transformation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)
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Lava rocks soak up the afternoon sun in a rock bed outside Bldg. 1436 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2013. Five pallets of lava rocks were used to put the finishing touches on the building’s “Worst Dorm First” transformation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Bldg. 1436, home to members of the 51st Security Forces Squadron, underwent a complete transformation, Oct. 23, thanks to the "Worst Dorm First" program and some old-fashioned elbow grease.

Designed by Chief Master Sgt. Patrick Jones, 51st Civil Engineer Squadron chief, the initiative has now been used in two Airman dorm renovations, with hopes to continue until every dorm at Osan has been updated.

Tech. Sgt. Taylor Vandenboogaard, 51st CES airman dorm leader supervisor, said the name of the program says it all.

"We tested the idea out on the 51st CES dorm to see what a group of people could realistically accomplish in one day," Vandenboogaard said. "Due to our success in the trial run, we decided to implement the program in NCO and Airman dorms across the base."

"Worst Dorm First" involves completely refurbishing an entire building in one day, with the majority of the group made up of residents of that particular dorm. Ninety residents of Bldg. 1436 were led by 15 members of the 51st CES Structures shop for this wave of the program.

The group had no shortage of work. A volleyball court and patio area were built behind the dorm using two pallets of bricks, 28 windows were re-screened, the dayrooms were refurbished, five pallets of lava rocks were used to create rock beds to enhance the landscaping and the entire interior was re-painted.

"It's nice for people who live in the dorm because they get to come home to a nicer place," said Senior Airman Robert Grullon, 51st SFS entry controller.

With the average age of an Osan dorm exceeding 20 years, Vandenboogaard said he hopes this program will help the buildings last for even more years to come.

"I think it's great because the residents are personally invested in the transformation," Vandenboogaard said. "It definitely creates that pride of ownership."

"Worst Dorm First" will continue to renovate one dorm per month, alternating between NCO and Airman dorms. The next building in line for updating has not yet been determined.