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Armed Forces Recreation Centers (AFRC)

What is it?
The AFRCs are Army operated, Joint Service available, full-service resort hotels with the mission to provide rest, relaxation, recreation, and sustainment for Army personnel, their Families, and other members of the Department of Defense (DoD).  The five AFRCs are: Edelweiss Lodge and Resort (ELR)—Garmisch, Germany; Dragon Hill Lodge (DHL)—Seoul, Republic of South Korea; Hale Koa Hotel (HKH)—Honolulu, Hawaii; Shades of Green (SOG)—Orlando, Florida; and The Cape Henry Inn and Beach Club (CHI)—Fort Story, Virginia.

What has the Army done?
Since its inception in October 2003, more than 20,319 service members and 45,796 Family members have been served.  The R&R program offers discounts to service members who are serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom on R&R or block leave.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army's leadership is studying options to mitigate troop relocation impact as a result of restationing efforts in Europe and Korea.  The original 421-room, 30 year-old, Ilima Tower at the Hale Koa Hotel is undergoing renovation.

Why is this important to the Army?
During this period of great stress and sacrifice, the AFRCs support readiness, retention, and service member well-being.  The AFRCs are prepared to assume contingency missions in support of mobilization and/or combat operations.  The AFRCs are part of the Army’s effort to provide a quality of life for Soldiers and their Families commensurate with their service.

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