- Published: Sunday, 31 March 2013 08:33
- Written by DeAntha Wright-Thornburg
Editors note: This article was written in March 2013 by DeAntha Wright-Thornburg and is used by permission.
We all know the military has a rule or regulation or instruction manual, for just about everything. Anyone who has had any association with the military will recall the rules that guided their lives and careers. What to, where to, and how to accomplish even the simplest task from making the infamous hospital bed corners, to setting up a GP Median, or the more primitive task of digging a latrine.
Fast forward to 2013, we have come a long way; many of the same rules, regulations and instruction manuals still govern out lives even today. But today we have transcended our lives into retirement from setting up a GP Median, to setting up a RV Trailer or Motor Coach costing sometimes more than $100,000.
Our soldiers have been rewarded with several programs and amenities. We now have medical and retirement facilities, commissary and PX privileges, travel programs and other activities to explore. One of the military’s programs is sadly being abused by a select few. That being our MWR Outdoor Recreation programs or FAM Campgrounds located on many of our military bases. The unfortunate thing these FAM Camps or rather Family Campgrounds, lack of a uniform code between the Army, Navy and the Air Force. Remember those rules and regulations and don’t forget that instruction manuals we mentioned. The wording that stands out in all three regulations between all branches of service directed at our FAM Camps is ‘NO Homesteaders’. That means any military person active or retired cannot establish a residency at our Outdoor Recreational facilities or Family Campground. The intended use of the MWR Fam Camps is for ‘short term’ recreational use for both active duty and retired veterans. The statement of ‘short term’ does not mean establishing your family in a 5th wheel trailer in a military campground. The term ‘short term’ is not intended to mean 6 months or more of residency.
- Published: Wednesday, 20 March 2013 08:28
by Senior Airman Amber E. N. Jacobs
20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
3/19/2013 - SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- About 200 Teams Shaw members scoured the Shaw Wateree Recreation Area on their fourth annual beautification day near Camden, S.C., March 16. Volunteers came out to Shaw's lakeside site to rake, trim, paint, pick up litter and maintain landscaping.
The Wateree Recreation Area is composed of 25 acres of land and about one mile of shore line. It hosts more than 50,000 people a year, and with a staff of only five people it is difficult to maintain the grounds without the help from volunteers, explained Curt Marshall, 20th Force Support Squadron manager of the park. The beautification day really kicks off the season by cleaning up and maintaining the grounds after the winter season, he said.
- Published: Wednesday, 13 March 2013 09:39
- Written by Opa Schuh
Editors note: This article was written in February 2013 by Opa Schuh and is used by permission. This was posted as a "comment" left on a review of Sheppard AFB Annex at Lake Texoma, TX.
I would like to respond to comments made on 12 Sep 2012 by “******”. First, let me say that I have been using this facility several times a year since 1971. In the early days for tent camping (1971 – 1981), cabins from 1989 – 1998 and via RV from 1999 to present. Regarding the food service… glad you visited when there was some! There is no food service during winter months… that’s why the cabins have full cooking facilities.
When I first started using the SAFB Annex there were few cabins. The facility enjoyed sold out crowds AND appropriated funds. In a few years they built the cabins and sold out every weekend and most summer week days. Fast forward to about 1990. The cabins were getting old and needed a lot of repair. Two new “model” cabins were built with plans to replace all of the cabins over a several year period. Before they started, Congress changed the rules and appropriated funds could no longer be used for MWR. In addition boats, motors and the dock needed to be replaced. The “little store” used to be larger and better stocked and was an official AAFES facility, staffed by an AAFES employee. At this same time the employee retired and AAFES closed the facility.