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I had the pleasure of being assigned to work with the Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) folks at Dahlgren for a few months earlier this year. I was not aware of how much they do to enhance our uniformed service members' quality of life.
There are numerous facilities such as the movie theater, bowling center, and craft tech for family activities. The ITT Office offers discounted tickets for a wide range of local entertainment venues. For single enlisted service members, the Liberty Center offers too many activities to list here. The gym is a well-equipped facility offering everything from basketball and racquetball to a fully appointed weight and aerobics program.
One can't forget to mention the auto skills center/outdoor rec where, besides working on their own cars, folks can rent an RV travel trailer, utility trailers, canoes and canoe trailers, plus tables, chairs, canopies, and more for nominal fees based on active duty, retired military, or civilian status.
I wish people could experience for themselves exactly how much work goes into providing events such as this year's Fourth of July celebration, which, besides fireworks, included live entertainment, rides, and family-based activities. There was even a car show.
What is accomplished on a daily basis with such a limited staff amazed me. I lost 30 pounds and got into shape along the way, gained a lifetime of memories, and even made a friend or two.
It would be nice to see the newspaper do an article on what MWR is all about and how it supports our uniformed service members and their families. It will surprise you.