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Highlights of the April 2013 Issue


MILITARY AQUATICS:
Staying Cool at JB Lewis-McChord

 

Aquatic facilities and programs at JB Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Wash., provide service members and their families with seemingly endless opportunities to cool off, stay fit and have fun, both indoors and out. In total, the joint base has three indoor pools, one seasonal outdoor pool, indoor and outdoor kiddie pools and spray parks, as well as a seasonal lakefront beach property.

According to Rick Randle, chief, Community Recreation Division, providing high-quality Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) facilities and programs is of the utmost importance at this high operational tempo joint base.

“We have been at war for the past 10 years and JB Lewis-McChord has played an integral part in sending soldiers to the deployed areas,” he points out. “And one of the key elements to MWR is that we take care of a soldier's family when a soldier is deployed. And if we do our jobs right, when that soldier is in a deployed area, he is able to concentrate on his job at hand because he knows his family is being taken care of back here at JBLM. We take that role very seriously and our command here has been very supportive of MWR, providing the necessary funding to do the things that we have done in our facilities.” ...

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OUTDOOR RECREATION: NAVY ADVENTURES UNLEASHED
Kings Bay Initiative Amps Up Programming

 

In an effort to amp-up programming, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) professionals at NSB Kings Bay, Ga., developed a new initiative — Navy Adventures Unleashed (NAU) — with the overall goal of getting more people aware of what is available through MWR in the area of outdoor recreation programming.

“Last summer we started to identify some needs, some areas to work on and one of the major ones was programming,” says Kings Bay Outdoor Recreation Manager Bo Hutchens. “And we felt that we had several different programming areas — Outdoor Recreation, Liberty and Fitness, for example — that in some cases were doing similar things. For example, Liberty was doing paintball tournaments, and the question came up, 'Is it an Outdoor Recreation or a Liberty program, and why is Outdoor Recreation talking about wanting to do paintball tournaments and Liberty is taking sailors to do paintball out in town? So, we started talking about how are we going to reduce some of the duplicate programs and do some cross-programming?”

With budgets tightening, MWR started looking at creating one position that could coordinate and run programs across a couple of different programming areas. ...

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CHILD AND YOUTH: Teach Your Children Well ...
Fort Hood Programs Enriching Lives

 

The Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) programs and facilities at Fort Hood, Texas, provide an excellent benefit and support network to families on post, giving them opportunities to learn all aspects of being healthy — from fitness to nutrition. And, equally important, the CYSS professionals who run and oversee these programs and facilities understand what is at stake — the potential negative consequences of an unhealthy lifestyle — and together are fighting the good fight against obesity and inactivity in children and youth.

In addition to the numerous youth centers on base, and outdoor amenities such as skateparks, playgrounds and parks, Fort Hood is home to one of the best recreation areas in the military — Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area or BLORA.

The CYSS program also offers team (flag football, baseball, soccer, cheerleading and basketball) and individual (tennis, wresting and Zumba) sports and activities as well as outreach and health and wellness nutrition education.

“We run a recreational program, so we focus on the fundamentals and teaching the kids the basic skills with the hope that they will want to continue with the sport and compete at the higher level,” says CYSS Youth Sports and Fitness Director Kristine Fernandez, who oversees all of the youth leagues, outreach programs and health and fitness programs within the CYSS facilities and programming. ...

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