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Highlights of the DECEMBER 2013 Issue

 

RECREATION CENTERS:
The Great Escape ...
AFRCs Provide the Perfect Getaway

 

 

For service members and their families in need of a vacation, Armed Forces Recreation Centers (AFRCs) provide the perfect getaway. The four self supporting- AFRCs are the Hale Koa Hotel on Waikiki Beach, Hawaii; Shades of Green at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; Dragon Hill Lodge in Seoul, South Korea; and Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Garmisch, Germany.

The Army serves as the Department of Defense (DoD) executive agent for these joint-service Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) facilities, which provide quality, wholesome, affordable, family-oriented vacation and recreation opportunities to service members, their family members and other authorized patrons (including official travelers) of the total defense force.

The resorts not only provide world-class service to ensure guests experience the vacation of a lifetime, but also continue to serve as force multipliers by supporting military readiness, retention and well-being objectives.

“The AFRCs support resiliency by providing opportunities for soldiers and their families to reconnect, relax, refresh and renew,” said Debbie Martin, director of Hospitality Programs & AFRCs, Installation Management Command (IMCOM). “Our recreation centers provide safe and fun environments that support the social, emotional and family dimensions of the Army's Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Program.” ...

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MILITARY LODGING:
New Projects Focus on Sustainability

 

Club Hood Grand Ball RoomDepartment of Defense (DoD) lodging facilities, which account for nearly $1 billion in revenue each year, provide approximately 280 diverse locations around the world for service members and their families to visit. As DoD pushes for new facilities to be built sustainably, many of the new lodges and lodging renovation projects are adhering to the strict green building guidelines — the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program — developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a nonprofit organization committed to a sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

The Marine Corps, for example, has three Temporary Lodging Facilities (TLFs) that are LEED Silver certified, including the Inns of the Corps Pendleton South Mesa, Calif., and new additions at Inns of the Corps Miramar, Calif., and Inns of the Corps Lejeune, N.C.

“Sustainability is a pillar upon which Inns of the Corps stands,” said Siddhi Patel, Lodging Program specialist, Food, Hospitality, Commercial Recreation & Entertainment, Marine Corps Semper Fit and Exchange Services Division. “We have further stressed the importance of sustainability and added it into our daily operations. We have a linen recycle program; low-flow showerheads; a new amenity package featuring H2O branded amenities; recycled trash cans in every room; and energy-efficient lighting. The bedding package includes mattress sets constructed from recycled materials.” ...

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NAVY LODGING:
Program Director Visits Navy Getaways, NGIS in Italy

 

Club Hood Grand Ball RoomCommander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Lodging Program Director Tamara Davis recently visited Navy Getaways Carney Park in Naples, Italy, giving her a chance to see first-hand one of the many Navy Getaways sites available to service members and their families year-round. She also toured Navy Gateway Inns & Suites (NGIS) located in Naples, which are available for official travel.

“My first impression of Carney Park was one of amazement!” said Davis. “What a unique location — inside a volcano no less — that offers golfing, swimming, picnic areas, meeting areas, a fitness room, sporting areas and so much more. The Navy Getaways Program is preparing for branding with signage, reviewing opportunities for inclusion in the Navy Lodging website and an explosion of marketing and spotlighting of leisure options for its cabins, cottages and tenting. It’s exciting to see the branding promise begin to take shape.”

Situated inside a 93-acre extinct volcanic crater, Navy Getaways Carney Park is the perfect “Navy Getaway” with 23 cabins, 22 tent sites and three yurts available for daily rental. Nested in the heart of Italy, Naples offers guests many opportunities to enjoy local cuisine and culture, all while experiencing Navy Getaways Carney Park to “Stay! Play! Relax!” Guests can enjoy all that Europe has to offer for a fraction of the cost, or take a walk to other Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) operations to receive discounted tickets to local events, grab a snack or swing a club at the beautiful golf course. ...

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