• Army Posts Outline Changes to MWR Programs to Deal with Funding Cuts

    Army Posts Outline Changes to MWR Programs to Deal with Funding Cuts0

    A handful of Army installations have outlined planned reductions in family and morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) programs as the service expects to cope with a $105 million cut in fiscal 2017 funding for such activities. On Aug. 31, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, commander of Installation Management Command, announced the Army would be absorbing a 23 percent cut in its budget for family and recreation programs, with the funding shifted to higher priorities that support readiness. Fort Carson, Colo., for example, “will continue to rely significantly on borrowed military manpower from the 4th Infantry Division to sustain hours of operation and reduced pricing in our fitness centers and aquatics programs.” The reduction in overhead costs for MWR support services has resulted in a substantially smaller workforce at the post …

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  • Budget Constraints to Trigger Service Cuts to Army’s MWR Programs

    Budget Constraints to Trigger Service Cuts to Army’s MWR Programs0

    Family and morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) programs, such as fitness and community centers and libraries, will be scaled back at Army installations in fiscal 2017 as the service absorbs a 23 percent cut in funding for those activities. Cuts in service may be implemented through reduced operating hours, higher customer fees or elimination of certain activities. Decisions on where to make cuts will be made at the garrison level after installations determine which programs are most affordable and popular, reported Stars and Stripes. The Army estimates it will receive a $105 million cut for family and recreation programs in FY 2017 …

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  • Ft. Stewart Opens Sports Facilities to Public

    Ft. Stewart Opens Sports Facilities to Public0

    Beginning next week, shooting sports facilities at Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia will be open to the general public. At Fort Stewart, paintball facilities along with skeet/trap, archery, and rifle and pistol ranges will be available; at Hunter Army Airfield, paintball facilities will be open. Fort Stewart’s facilities are located just outside the post’s security gates. Hunter’s skeet/trap range, though, is located within its gates. Civilians who do not have government-issued identification cards already are permitted to use golf courses at the two locations, along with Stewart’s bowling lanes and Club Stewart …

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