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Highlights of the May 2013 Issue

Fitness Center at MCAS Beaufort


A state-of-the-art fitness center opened at MCAS Beaufort, S.C., on Feb. 21, replacing an outdated 1950s facility, and providing the base community with the top-notch facilities and equipment that it deserves.

“With the need for physical fitness, and the demand that is put on Marines, the better their level of fitness, the better they are able to respond and react to stress,” says Health and Fitness Director Bill Brown. “They can move faster in their deployment, and their rehab and recuperation time is greatly accelerated by their level of fitness. A new facility with the newest equipment and methodology for training all go hand-in-hand in the overall readiness of a Marine and their family.”

The 48,000-square-foot facility cost approximately $14 million, and was built to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification standards, which were created by the Green Building Council to provide guidance for building more sustainably. The council requires certain standards to be met to earn a Silver, Gold or Platinum — the highest — rating. The Marine Corps requires that new construction projects meet, at a minimum, the requirements for a Silver rating. ...

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BEST FACILITIES/RECREATION: MWR is Mission Essential at NB Kitsap


Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) facilities and programs at NB Kitsap, Wash., are mission-essential, providing sailors and their family members with benefits that are key to their quality of life.

“The MWR program is linked to mission readiness,” states Beth Leone-Mullins, MWR Installation Program manager, NB Kitsap, who has been working with Navy MWR worldwide for 27 years. “It is essential to provide quality facilities and programs that are affordable to both the active duty and family member that have a positive impact on their well-being. A happy/satisfied sailor or family member positively impacts Navy mission readiness. It is essential that those who are deploying know that MWR is here for their families when they are not.”

NB Kitsap has a total of three recreation centers, with one located at Bangor and two located at Bremerton. “At Bangor, the facility is a Liberty Center with eligibility limited to single active-duty military,” notes Leone-Mullins. “At Bremerton, the Recreation Center is all-hands and is open for use by all authorized MWR patrons. Bremerton also has a Liberty center available for single active-duty military.” ...

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As one of 11 bases recognized in 2012 by Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) as a four-star Navy-accredited Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) program, NSA Mid-South, Tenn., is a model for other bases in the area of delivering stellar quality-of-life programs and facilities.

“It was a tremendous honor for our program to achieve the Navy MWR four-star level of accreditation,” notes MWR Director Ronnie Miles. “The primary measures used were: compliance with Navy MWR Program standards, nonappropriated (NAF) financial management, personnel management and customer satisfaction.”

While NSA Mid-South is categorized as a small program, Miles says the MWR department prides itself on delivering “a highest quality level of program and services that are targeted to our population,” he points out. “NSA financial performance in FY11 did meet the marginal level set for a four-star rating; however, our Personnel and Customer Satisfaction scores were in the upper percentile of the metric scoring. To achieve this goal, our personnel have had to be very flexible and creative. Sharing of resources, cross-training of personnel and engaging our customers in our business strategy is critical in the financial environment we face today.”

One of the most visible and exciting new projects the base completed recently is the new Splash Park, which opened in July 2012. This $350,000 investment was funded through a NAF grant from CNIC, and included the addition of 12 water features, a restroom, a covered pavilion and outdoor seating. ...

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