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Highlights of the DECEMBER 2012 Issue




Keeping Military Families Safe, Secure and Relaxed


Security in military facilities on and off base is paramount, especially since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Every building, including base housing, must be secured so that unauthorized users cannot gain access to the main entrance door, as well as all rooms in the facility.

Making sure that proper security measures are in place in all on- and off-post buildings — including military housing and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) — ensures the safety of those who use these facilities, keeping everyone, military or civilian, at ease.

Lincoln Military Housing (LMH) develops or manages more than 31,000 Army, Navy and Marine Corps family homes across the United States.

Philip Rizzo, national vice president of operations with the company, noted that it strives to improve the quality of life of service members and their families who live in their housing communities.

One way Lincoln enhances the homes it manages on and off base is by making sure that all families live in a safe and secure community....



ARMY LODGING: Wiesbaden Lodge — A Benchmark of Service


One of the newest Army Lodges may have taken a little bit longer than anticipated to open its doors, but it has been worth the wait for guests who have stayed at the state-of-the-art facility at U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Wiesbaden, Germany.

The Wiesbaden Lodge officially opened for guests on March 2, 2011, to much fanfare, and much relief. It took nearly three-and-a-half years from ground breaking to grand opening due to a series of unfortunate challenges, including unanticipated water damages near the project completion, as well as Internet connection problems and contractual issues.

In fact, Col. Jeffrey Dill, USA, then USAG Wiesbaden commander, uttered the German words “Endlich fertig (finally finished),” when the $36 million Wiesbaden Lodge opened last year, replacing the American Arms Hotel in downtown Wiesbaden that had been used by the U.S. military since the 1950s for soldiers and their families on Permanent-Change-of-Station (PCS) orders. ...





Improving the Guest Experience


Shades of Green, the Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC) located within the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., has served all active duty, reserves, National Guard, Department of Defense (DoD) civilians, retired military and their respective guests since 1994.

Over the next few months, Shades of Green will undergo several renovation projects designed to improve the overall vacation experience for those who stay at the resort.

Annette Zeno, director of sales and marketing at Shades of Green, explained that the renovation will include a new zero-entry pool that is ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) accessible. The zero-entry pool features a section that slopes from water level downwards, allowing people to wade into the pool.

“We have a growing population of special-needs guests,” Zeno explained. “The zero-entry pool will provide them with a place to relax and enjoy the pool.” ...


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