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June 8, 2012

Auto Hobby Center to close up shop

By 99th Force Support Squadron

Auto Hobby Center patrons with vehicles behind must remove them from the facility by June 30. Unclaimed property will be sold in a future NAF sale.

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Due to Air Force Services funding reductions, the Nellis Auto Hobby Center will close permanently on June 30, 2012. The financial resources needed to bring the center up to current safety standards for vehicle repair, combined with a long-term decline in usage, have made maintaining the service economically unviable. The resale lot and car wash will remain open and will be administered by the Arts and Crafts Center.

The 99th Force Support Squadron asks that owners of vehicles and property currently located at the Auto Hobby Center make arrangements to have them removed before Jun 30. A sale of equipment and unclaimed property will take place at a later date.

If you have any questions, call the Auto Hobby Center at 702-652-2284.




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8 Comments


  1. John Buffington

    I just found out the Nellis AFB hobbie shop is scheduled to close the end of this month i have been using the hobbie shop for over 25 years! I can not believe i never heard anything about the closure until i went to the base to change oil in my car. It was great for me to get to use a lift to check out my cars for only a few bucks i remember when i got at Nellis they even had a paint booth! wow Is there any thing we can do to keep the hobbie shop open what is our recourse? John


    • David Hamm

      I too have used the Hobby Shop for over 30 years. This was a benefit most people didn’t use enough of and some didn’t even know was out there. Really sad to see this go!!


  2. Michelle Hogan

    What a sad ordeal. I used this shop on several occasions, many of the guys were great, knew their stuff, and I appreciate being able to put my vehicle up on a lift to work on it myself. There were always people in there – what a waste for services to close down one of the things people actually do use. Before long there won’t be anything left for us to use as service members or our families. So sad, and these services are the reason we lived on base. One by one over the past 2 years things have been picked off or cut back on operational hours. :-(


  3. Thad Henson

    Indeed a sad day that the Hobby Shop has to close. Nellis AFB was my first assignment in the Air Force from 1992-2002 and I used that shop on many occasions to help keep my old cars on the road because I couldn’t afford a new vehicle on airman’s pay. I just retired a few months ago and just moved back to Las Vegas and was looking forward to utilizing that facility.


    • Steven Johnson

      I feel you. It is maddening, then saddening, and now the search for gladdening. Maybe there won’t be any gladdening in this particular case. As a military affiliate I have had to suck things up before. A blow like this takes the wind out of your sails. Perhaps a nice easterly quell will rise soon. I need some light, it is getting dark in here. Take care.


  4. Steven Johnson

    It destroys something that is considered worth keeping, that is a certain, but news of it is also an much unwanted truth – a blow! Just having that Auto Hobby shop and living here in Las Vegas was a great relief for me. Every major military installation I’ve ever been to has one. Why is finding funds for such worthy venues so nearly non-existent? Can we twist the feds fingers to lower such high standards just a tad, to accommodate the blue collar in us all? Not everything NEEDS to be perfect. The shop was in good shape, the lifts functioned adequately and appeared to be serviceable, and it had a good vibe. The place looked like almost any shop you might find around this city. Dated, maybe, but more than likely easily maintainable. Like a car getting some tlc maintenance rather than buying a new one. The times I went to NAFB Auto Hobby, it was a great experience. I appreciate turning my own wrench, and having a valuable team of individuals there to help me when I need it. I am a retired enlisted Army SFC and need outlets of diversity for, among other things, recreational outlets. Our community has to suck up a disturbingly hard loss, a disappointing loss, because a valuable service has gone away, went by the wayside, crashed and burned, and we must emerge confidently from the fall out. The smoke screens been cast people, but smoke and mirrors can only go so far.



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