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Highlights of the April 2012 Issue

NAS Jacksonville —
Exemplifies Best in Navy


As one of only 11 Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs to earn four-star accreditation by Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) for outstanding performance, NAS Jacksonville, Fla., has proven itself as a leader in all things MWR.

“This award addresses the overall performance of the program,” says MWR Director John Bushick. “It brought a degree of self-fulfillment for the staff, to know that their hard work is recognized, because we are a very customer-service focused organization and a lot of times we are evaluating ourselves on how we are responding to our customers. This was an opportunity for us to see our level of compliance in having an MWR program that meets our professional standards. Just walking around with the CNIC MWR accreditation team, I was very pleased with the level of commitment and professionalism that was displayed by the various managers of MWR programs.” ...


NSB Kings Bay Creates New Play Park Underthe Pines


When it came time to replace a few old and outdated playgrounds on base, the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department at NSB Kings Bay, Ga., decided to do something different by creating a destination area for families, complete with playgrounds that meet the needs of children ages 2-12.

“We had a big demand for more play space, and we didn't have a playground to meet the needs of children ages 2-5 on the upper base,” notes MWR Director Robert Spinnenweber. “We had them at the Child Development Center (CDC) and at other locations but they were more age-appropriate for 5-12 year olds. We had some end-of-the-year funding, and had been looking at updating our playgrounds because they were at the end of the their cycle, and then Bo Hutchens from Outdoor Recreation had the idea to put them all in one place and create a play park, instead of having them scattered at different locations on base.”

The base decided that the best place to create this play park was at its existing and popular Under the Pines Park. ...

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MARINE CORPS RECREATION: Operation Adrenaline Rush —
Pilot Program Provides High Adventure


With the goal of helping Marines and Sailors better transition to life back home after deployment, the Marine Corps is currently piloting its new high-adventure outdoor recreation program — Operation Adrenaline Rush (OAR) — at MCAS Yuma, Ariz., and MCB Camp Lejeune, N.C.

“At the request of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs were challenged to ensure that service members returning from deployments were provided recreational activities within structured venues that promote safety and help to reduce high risk/destructive behaviors,” explains Nancy Dussault, Outdoor Recreation program specialist, Marine Corps Headquarters, Semper Fit and Exchange Services Division.

OAR is a Marine Corps program based on the principles of Return and Recreate, a concept born from the collective minds of Armed Forces recreation professionals and OSD personnel at one of the annual Armed Forces Recreation Network Professional Training Institute (PTI) conferences, held each year in conjunction with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Congress and Expo. ...