Arnold Community Center receives top AFMC award

Arnold AFB Services

Arnold AFB Services

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. -- The 704th Services Division has won the 2007 Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) Services Community Center of the Year award. The group will now represent AFMC in the Air Force competition against community centers world-wide. Arnold AFB last received this award in 2004.

"This award validates all of our hard work every day to provide our customers the best community programs and service to help meet the mission," Tom Fahrer, chief of Services said. "We are extremely fortunate the Community Center staff are dedicated professionals. Our customers are incredibly supportive of our programs and services."
This award recognizes excellence in programming and service. The Community Center was also a key contributor toward 704th Services Division winning the AFMC 2007 Maj. Gen. Eugene L. Eubank Award as the best small base Services unit in AFMC.

"The Community Center is a unique operation and different from its other Air Force counterparts," John Daniels, community center manager said. "It provides more than just Community Center programs and activities."
According to Mr. Daniels, the center manages youth programs, a marina with rental boats, family child care, a small library, FamCamp, recreational vehicle storage, outdoor recreation equipment rental, an auto hobby shop, a small information, ticketing and travel (ITT) along with the lending locker, pre-owned vehicle sales lot and all of the outdoor recreation areas on the north side of Woods Reservoir.

Some of the programs that contributed to winning this award were:
· Camp Adventure--seven weeks of planned programs for 25-30 children during the summer
· July 4th celebration
· Two youth overnight lock-ins
· Community Thanksgiving potluck
· Children's Christmas party
· Christmas tree lighting program
· ITT tours to several concerts
· Whitewater rafting trips
· A family snow skiing trip
· NASCAR at Talladega and Nashville Ballet's The Nutcracker trips

The Community Center also hosted the Bureau of Lectures and Concert artists "Chinese Acrobats," and conducted monthly paintball games and CPR training for Services staff. Additionally, instruction was provided in boating safety, hunting safety, Christmas card making and youth clinics for basketball, baseball, soccer, rocketry and archery.