ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- Depot employees are in for an afternoon of food, fun and fellowship Friday, June 28 at Employee Appreciation Day.

The day will begin at 7 a.m. with a Safety Stand Down. Employees in the industrial area who haven't recently viewed the basic safety videos will need to watch them. Those who have, will perform inspections and Six S cleaning and straightening of their work areas.

Office areas should also participate by performing inspections and cleaning.

At 10:30, the main event for the day begins with a welcome from the commander and thanks to those who made Employee Appreciation Day possible.

Games in the Physical Fitness Center, DeSoto Pastime Center and all around the Pathways cooperative education buildings will then commence.

Employees are encouraged to venture over to the PFC for the table tennis tournament, weightlifting contest and free throw contest as well as the car show.

While you're there, take in the displays of electric cars.

Sponsor tents will line one of the roadways of the co-op area. While there, don't forget to show your Common Access Card and get a ticket for the prize drawings at the end of the day.

Event t-shirts and ANAD shirts will also be for sale in that area.

For about an hour and a half, from 11 a.m.-12:35 p.m., employees will have a chance to douse depot leaders in the dunking booth.

Close by the dunking booth will be food - and lots of it. The depot is providing hot dogs and food donors from throughout the community have stepped up to provide pizza, Mexican food, Thai food, barbecue and so much more.

Leave room for dessert from one of the ice cream sponsors or enjoy a snow cone.

You may also choose to try winning a cake in the cake walk.

Line dancing will also be held at the same location as the cake walk.

Along the roadways and in front of the DeSoto Entertainment Center will be static displays - vehicles showcasing the work we do or the products of our sponsors.

When you visit the museum displays in the parking lot of the DeSoto Entertainment Center, drop into the DEC to see additional museum displays inside.

You may also want to stay for the animal show, which begins at 1 p.m.

Back outside, in the field, will be an aviation display and, late in the day, ANAD's version of David vs. Goliath. Hint, Goliath wins in our version.

Capping off the day will be the prize drawings back at the main stage.

Numerous sponsors and donors have contributed products for this drawing.

Just remember, aside from our DES personnel, you have to be present to win a prize!


Ready to go to Employee Appreciation Day, but don't know where to park?

Parking locations are shown in blue on the map, located on pages 4 and 5 of the June 24 issue of TRACKS and this article will serve as another guide.

The large parking lots near the Badge Office at the Main Gate are available. As a bonus, this year a shuttle will transport employees from this site to the corner of Victory Drive and Ayers Road.

On the site of EAD, there is parking available in the lower lot of the Physical Fitness Center, along the street near the PFC and in the grass near the main checkpoint.

Volunteers will have parking placards giving them access to the lot near the DeSoto Entertainment Center.

The gate in that area, just past White Oak, will be open that day, but it is recommended that only volunteers and those who have children at the Child Development Center utilize it.

The Directorate of Emergency Services emphasizes that the depot cannot authorize employees to park outside the gates at the various churches and businesses.

No matter where you park, wear your walking shoes on June 28 to enjoy the full scope of EAD - from the PFC all the way to the DeSoto Entertainment and Pastime Centers.

Have a wonderful EAD!