FMWR beefs up Hawaii's Army Family Covenant
May 15, 2008
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS - The Army Family Covenant is providing all Army installations the opportunity to increase the quality of life for Soldiers and families through increased funding and programming.
New and expanded Army Family Covenant programs are designed for families of and Soldiers who have recently returned from a deployment, gearing up for a deployment, as well as, spouses of currently deployed Soldiers.
The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) at U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii, is committed to taking specific Army Family Covenant initiatives and customizing them to meet the unique needs of our Soldiers and families in Hawaii.
During the next several months, better programs and services, increased child care opportunities, and expanded hours of operation will be offered at many of FMWR's facilities.
What FMWR has done
Aca,!AcKolekole Jam II - Covenant funding allowed a free concert, featuring Montgomery Gentry, Bowling for Soup, and Katie Rae Davis for the 15,000 members of the military ohana who attended.
The evening of great food, music and fun was the Covenant's way of thanking Soldiers and families for all of their sacrifices and service.
Aca,!AcEnhanced Child Youth Services (CYS) - CYS registration is now free for all Army families. For families of deployed Soldiers and wounded warriors, benefits include 16 free hours of respite care, four free SKIES classes, two free youth sports, reduced full/part-time care fees and discounted hourly care.
Wounded warriors also receive unlimited no cost hourly care for medical appointments.
Aca,!AcDiscounted Golf - Families of deployed Soldiers and recently redeployed Soldiers can enjoy up to $10 off green fees at Army golf courses. Participants need to download the discount coupon off the FMWR Web site, ww.mwrarmyhawaii.com, and present the coupon at time of purchase.
Aca,!AcDiscounted Bowling - Families of deployed Soldiers and recently redeployed Soldiers can enjoy $1 off of up to three games at Army bowling centers. Again, participants need to download the discount coupon off the FMWR Web site, www.mwrarmyhawaii.com, and present the coupon at time of purchase.
Aca,!AcExtended Gym Hours - Since April 1, weekend and holiday hours at Martinez and Fort Shafter gyms and the Schofield Barracks Health and Fitness Center have been extended to 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
Aca,!AcGym Towels - Free towels are now provided at each FMWR gym and fitness center for patrons to use while working out.
Aca,!AcFree Classes - All classes at the Schofield Barracks Health and Fitness Center are free for all Soldiers and family members.
Aca,!AcFree Pet Care - Families of deployed Soldiers receive 12 free days of pet care at the FMWR Kennel with a valid Blue Star Card.
Aca,!AcOutdoor Recreation - New programs in Outdoor Recreation including whale watching, deep sea fishing, scuba and island tours.
What FMWR is planning to do
FMWR is planning many additional Army Family Covenant programs that will be implemented in the upcoming months, including these:
Aca,!AcExpanded hours of operation and programming at Arts and Crafts; Auto Skills; libraries; Outdoor Recreation; Information, Ticketing & Registration; and the Tropics recreation center.
Aca,!AcA late Friday night intramural basketball league.
Aca,!AcRenovation of the Tropics for enhanced BOSS (Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers) programming.
Aca,!AcWarrior Adventure Quest and further expanded Outdoor Recreation programming.
Aca,!AcNew fitness equipment in the physical fitness centers and new fitness and aquatics programming.
Aca,!AcSports programs for wounded warriors.
Aca,!AcIncreased ACS staffing and services.
Aca,!AcCYS expansion and enhancements, including the following:
-Free and discounted child care options for rear detachment command families, to include five respite care hours per month, two free SKIES classes, one free Youth Sports, and fee reduction for hourly care.
-Adjustment of CYS facility security systems to allow remote parental viewing.
-Additional transportation for youth to access programs and activities to support and assist geographically single parents.
-Youth technology labs in facilities to assist in communication with deployed parents.
-School year and summer "Strong Beginnings" Child Development Center and Family Child Care programs to ensure Army children are not disadvantaged in their first school experience.
-Enhanced homework support and tutoring opportunities.
FMWR is eager to implement and expand local Army Family Covenant programs and welcomes any thoughts on programs the community would like to see implemented.
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