NEWS


Masks Again Required for All Personnel Regardless of Vaccination

7-28-21  Per DSD Memo effective July 28, 2021, all personnel, regardless of immunization status, will be required to wear a mask in an indoor setting in installations and other facilities owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by DoD. Signs and websites shall be updated clarifying the masking requirements that apply in each facility and worksite. Visit the COVID-19 Information Center for vaccine resources. 
 

Back-to-School Brigade is Aug. 5 drive-through event

UPDATED 7-28-21: This event has exceeded capacity. Unfortunately, we cannot ensure that additional people who sign up will be able to get backpacks. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

It’s time to start getting ready for school—and that means it’s time for our annual Back-to-School Brigade, presented by Operation Homefront. We will be giving out FREE backpacks and school supplies to all eligible children in grades K to 12. 
 
The event will be 1600 to 1900 Thursday, Aug. 5., outside the Lone Star Center, Bldg. 2570. For the safety of our family and staff, this will be a drive-through event.

The event is open to all ranks and any duty status, including active duty, Reserves, Guard, and wounded warriors who may no longer be in service. Those who fall under the aforementioned categories MUST register before the event (details below) and present their ID at the event for pickup. Children must be present with the adult. The event is NOT open to the public.

Advance registration must be done on the Operation Homefront website. Once on their site, use the SELECT STATE filter and choose Texas. 
www.OperationHomefront.org
 
You want your kids to have a great year in school, and this is the perfect way to start it off. Join us on August 5 by the big tent next to the Lone Star Center!

Presenting Sponsor Operation Homefront. Supporting Sponsor First Command. No Navy endorsement implied. 

 

Navy 10 Miler run will have participants speeding down military base airfield

7-23-21  Runners and supporters of our military will have a rare opportunity to experience our outstanding military aircraft up-close at the first-ever Navy 10 Miler run, Saturday, November 13, 2021. The race will be held at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth.

Participants will run around a section of the base and then proceed right down the center of the main runway. Along the way, they will pass by some of the most impressive military aircraft in the world to include the C-130, C-40, CH-47, F-18, F-16, F-35, and more.  Participants also will run through one of the historic hangars on base. The availability of planes may be impacted by their missions. The course is certified by the USA Track and Field Association.

The race is hosted by Navy MWR--the base’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department. MWR offers a variety of programs and services to support the readiness of the base’s military personnel. Race proceeds will be invested in MWR’s future programs and services. 

CAPT Mark McLean, base Commanding Officer, said a 10-mile run on the base should appeal to a very wide audience.  

“Being a runner myself, I know there are a lot of people in the area who enjoy competitive running,” he said. “And of course, the Metroplex has a strong tradition of supporting our local military personnel. So although it’s a 10-mile race on a certified course, it’s not just for hard-core competitors. If you enjoy casual running, you’ll enjoy the event. If you appreciate our armed forces, you’ll enjoy the event.  If you just like the idea of running past some cool jets, you’ll like this event.” 

The Navy 10 Miler is open to both military personnel and the public. All runners will receive a commemorative T-shirt beforehand and a custom finisher medal afterward. Those who cannot make it to the event that day can participate in a virtual race. 

Runners will start just inside the base’s security checkpoint for commercial vehicles. They will finish just outside the checkpoint, next to the finisher festival. This area will also include a viewing area for spectators as well as vendors. 

CAPT McLean emphasized that the event is not an open house. 

“For security reasons, only registered runners will actually be allowed on base,” he said. “However, spectators and fans can enjoy our finisher festival area. They’ll be able to cheer for the runners as they finish, and we’ll have several food trucks and vendors set up there. So even if you don’t run, you can still enjoy the morning.” 

Early bird registration fee is $75. Members of the military can participate for just $50. (Individuals using this discount will be asked to present a valid form of ID at packet pickup). Registration for the virtual run is $65. To register or learn more, visit navy10miler.com.

Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are available. For more information about the event and sponsorships, please call 817-782-7762. 

AT A GLANCE

  • What: Navy 10 Miler run 
  • Date: 7:15 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021
  • Location: Naval Air Station JRB Fort Worth. Start and finish area: Commercial Vehicle Gate, intersection of Alta Mere Drive and Ridgmar Meadow Road. 
  • Fee: Early bird: $75, Virtual run: $65, Military discount: $50.
  • Registration: www.navy10miler.com
  • Website: NavyMWRFortWorth.com
  • Facebook: @navy10milerFW

 

CDC to close through July 16 due to COVID

A message from Child Development Center Director Angela Noll--7-13-21

Good afternoon, CDC Parents—

We regret to report that another child from our school has been diagnosed with COVID-19. This child was last in the Toddler Department on July 12. Health officials are conducting contact tracing , and any children or staff who may be impacted will be notified promptly.

In addition, we currently have several children at the Center who have become infected with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD).  

In light of these circumstances, MWR, working in conjunction with the Command, has made the decision to close the entire Child Development Center for the remainder of the week, through July 16, 2021. Fees will be adjusted to compensate for the time you are unable to use care.

This action will allow us to monitor the symptoms of both children and staff and minimize the risk of either illness spreading further in the center. Services will resume on July 19, 2021, 0530-1830.  

Last month, Cook Children’s Hospital reported seeing a surge in cases of HFMD among children.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that HFMD is very contagious, but usually not very serious. Another common illness among children is Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV

We continue to follow CDC guidelines regarding COVID, including mask mandates. Staff or children who appear to be ill when they arrive at the center will not be allowed to attend class that day. We’re also conducting daily, thorough cleanings of the facility. 

We know how much you depend upon the Center’s services and we recognize the burden this closure places on our families. Please know that we do not make this decision lightly and that the health and safety of your children is our top concern. For your convenience, I’m also providing below information regarding the symptoms of COVID, HFMD, and RSV. We encourage you to continue monitoring the health of your child or children. If you or your children have any of these symptoms, please seek the advice of a medical professional.  

I will be checking my email periodically during this closure, so if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  Thank you for your understanding as we work through this difficult time. Together, we can get through this!

Angela Noll
CDC Director

COVID-19
Symptoms may develop 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
HFMD is spread by respiratory droplets. Symptoms:

  • Tiny blisters in the mouth and on the fingers, palms of hands, buttocks and soles of the feet.
  • May see: fever, sore throat, runny nose and cough
  • Other signs can occur, but are less frequent: vomiting, diarrhea

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
RSV is usually diagnosed in children under age 2, but can be spread to adults and from adults to children. RSV is more severe in young children. RSV is spread through contact with respiratory droplets. Symptoms:

  • Cold-like signs or symptoms
  • Wheezing
  • Very young infants can exhibit: irritability, poor feeding, lethargy apnea (i.e. brief periods of no breathing), cyanosis (skin or mucous membranes turn blue, usually when coughing).


 

CDC Classrooms set to reopen this week

7-12-21   Classrooms at the Child Development Center (CDC) that had been closed due to postive COVID cases have been cleared to reopen. Infant classrooms will reopen Thursday, July 15. Preschool classrooms will reopen Friday, July 16. For additional information, please contact the CDC, 817-782-7520. 

 

Captain honors 8 MWR employees

7-12-21   At the July 8 Quarters, Capt. McLean presented eight MWR employees with a Commander's Coin. These awards were given in recognition of their outstanding service during our recent USAA Freedomfest. The honorees were Hardy Atkinson, Josh Brown, Donny Collins, Dom Falcinelli, Michael Figiel, Lee Murphy, Mike Randall, and Jessica Stoneking. Please join us in congratulating these fine employees on a job well done!

 

Two CDC classrooms closed due to COVID case

7-2-21   hrough an abundance of caution, the Infant and Preschool classrooms of the Child Development Center (CDC) will be closed for an indefinite period of time due to a positive case of COVID-19. The other classrooms will remain open.

While we do not have a scheduled end date for this closure, we encourage you to continue to follow us here on our website or on our Facebook page for updates. For additional info, please call the CDC at 817-782-7520.

We fully appreciate how much families depend on this service. Please know we will make every effort to get back to regular programming as quickly as possible.

 

MWR Events Roundup: July 10-18

SIGN UP FOR A FITNESS CENTER CLASS
 

- NOFFS SES: Interval training. 0730 Tuesday, July 13. Fitness, 817-782-7770.

- Mission Nutrition Lunch and Learn: Learn the importance AND benefits of a more nutritional diet. 1100 Wednesday, July 14, Bowling Center classroom. Lunch provided. Open to active duty and reservists only, limited capacity. Register by July 12, 817-782-7770.

- Bowling for MWR Bucks Challenge: Units compete to win up to $300 in MWR Bucks. 1500 Thursday, July 15. Check with your command PAO or call 817-782-6122.

- “Leave No Trace” Class:  A free class where you can learn how to do “LNT” properly—and why it is so important. 1000 Friday, July 16. Community Rec, 817-782-5519.

- Group Bike Ride: A casual ride on the Trinity Trails. Bikes available for rental. 0900 Saturday, July 17. Community Rec, 817-782-5519.

- Full-moon Paddle Trip: Explore Lake Worth by moonlight! $5 per rental. 2000 Friday, July 23. FILLED.

ALSO …

- SAILING LESSONS:  Two-hour sessions provided throughout the month by a certified instructor! $35 per class, ages 8 and up. 817-782-5519.

- SWIMMING LESSONS are now available. Call the Aquatic Center, 817-782-1220. 

- VACATION SAVINGS! Planning a trip to Disney, Universal Studios or other destinations? Community Rec has tickets at discounted prices. 817-782-6121.  
 

AND COMING SOON ….

Back to School Bash … Make your own dream catcher … Kayaking 101 … Stand-up Paddle Class … Tubing down the San Marcos River … 5K run … Pilates Workout … and more!

 

Sailing classes now available

A naval station would not be complete without sailboats—or sailing lessons. And now MWR has both. Beginning this month, we are offering sailing lessons on Lake Worth. Better yet, the lessons are just $35 each—a fraction of what you would pay for instruction at a private club. 

Lessons will be taught by Ellen Burks. She is a U.S. Sailing certified instructor with more than 30 years of experience on the water. Each session will last two hours. Your instructor will determine how many lessons you need to be approved to sail on your own; you might be ready to take the helm after several lessons—or maybe after just one!

Lessons are open to anyone with base access. Once you have been approved by the instructor, you’ll be eligible to receive one free sailboat rental, a $25 value. Class times are listed below. For more information, call 817-782-5519 or see Community Recreation, Bldg. 3328. See the schedule below. Come learn how much fun it is to feel the wind, set your sail—and cruise quickly and quietly across the water!
 

JULY
Thursday, July 8, 1000-1200
Saturday, July 10, 0900-1100
Saturday, July 10, 1200-1400
Tuesday, July 13, 1000-1200
Thursday, July 15, 1000-1200
Saturday, July 17, 0900-1100
Saturday, July 17, 1200-1400 
Tuesday, July 20, 1000-1200
Thursday, July 22, 1000-1200
Tuesday, July 27, 1000-1200
Thursday, July 29, 1000-1200
Saturday, July 31, 0900-1100
Saturday, July 31, 1200-1400

AUGUST
Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1000-1200
Thursday, Aug. 5, 1000-1200
Saturday, Aug. 7, 0900-1100 
Saturday, Aug. 7, 1200-1400 
Tuesday, Aug. 10, 1000-1200
Thursday, Aug. 12, 1000-1200
Saturday, Aug. 14, 0900-1100
Saturday, Aug. 14, 1200-1400 
Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1000-1200
Thursday, Aug. 19, 1000-1200
Saturday, Aug. 21, 00900-1100 
Saturday, Aug. 21, 1200-1400 
Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1000-1200

 

USAA Freedomfest returns July 3 with drive-in event and great fireworks show

6-3-21   Celebrate Independence Day by enjoying a spectacular drive-in fireworks show from the comfort of your car while parked on the airfield ramp. Featuring musical guest the Vanessa Leigh Band. USAA Freedomfest is FREE and open to all with base access. The parking lot opens at 6 pm Saturday, July 3, the show will begin at dusk. Food trucks and restrooms will be on-site. Be sure to bring sunscreen and water! 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

- Cars will park on the airfield ramp. Download a copy of the driving map. 

- Lawn chairs are welcome.

- Coolers up to 45 quarts permitted.

- Glass bottles are NOT permitted.

- Grills are NOT permitted.

- No pets allowed except ADA service animals.

- The lake will be closed for boat launches 1200 to 2400 Saturday. 

- Groups must maintain social distancing and stay near vehicle except when visiting food trucks or restrooms.

- Masks required for individuals who are not at least two weeks past their last COVID vaccination.

Title Sponsor USAA.
Presenting Sponsor Alliance Air Show.
Supporting Sponsor GEICO Military.

 

Fitness Center to expand access June 1

5-24-21  MWR is pleased to announce that we will soon be expanding access to the Fitness Center. Effective Tuesday, June 1, dependents, retirees, DOD civilians, and guests will once again be able to use the center during off-peak hours.

This restriction is necessary because the center is still operating at reduced capacity due to the pandemic. In the event we are at risk of exceeding that capacity, we want to give first preference to our active duty and reservist service members. (Guests will still be charged $4 for access.)  

Off-peak hours are:

Monday through Friday, 0800 to 1100 and 1300 to 1500

Saturday and Sunday, 0800 to 1300

Please note this restriction will be strictly enforced. Specifically, all dependents, DOD civilians, guests, and retirees will be required to immediately exit the Fitness Center as soon as the off-peak hours have concluded.

The restriction will be enforced regardless of the number of people using the facility. We ask your cooperation in helping us follow this requirement.

Other updates about the center:

- The racquetball courts, basketball goals and sauna remain closed for the time being.

- Each area of the Fitness Center has a maximum capacity. Signs are posted stating the capacity limit. We ask your cooperation in respecting these limits.

- Masks are still required for all individuals who are not at least 14 days past their final COVID vaccine. Social distancing is encouraged at all times. 

Thank you for your patience as we work through this unprecedented time on our base. We know these restrictions are not ideal, and we understand the frustration of our patrons. Please know that these guidelines are intended for your safety, and that we look forward to resuming full operations as soon as possible.

For more information, please speak with the Fitness Center staff or call 817-782-7770. Be kind, be safe.


Aquatic Center Reopens 5/26, hours expanding June 1

5-24-21 Maintenance work on the Aquatic Center has been completed. The center reopened Wednesday, May 26.

Pool use is still restricted to lap swimming only, one swimmer per lane. However, effective Tuesday, June 1, the center will have expanded hours:

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 0600 to 1300

Tuesday and Thursday: 1100 to 1800

Saturday:0900 to 1400

Also beginning June 1, guests will be permitted to use the center for a fee of $4. For more information, please contact the Aquatic Center, 817-782-1220.

 

Introducing the 500 Mile Club challenge

May 8, 2021  The new club builds on the success of our 100 Mile Club. To become a member, you'll need to do each of the following by December 31:

- Run 100 miles
- Row 50 miles
- Swim 50 miles
- Bike 200 miles (outdoor or indoor)
 
But that's only 400 miles--what about the last 100? That's your "wildcard." You can get those miles by doing any of the above sports. You can also log them by rucking or even just by going for a walk. Do what works best for you!

Participants will have until December 31 to log the 500 miles. Each person who reaches the goal will receive a 500 Mile Club T-shirt.  Oh, and in case you were wondering, you can still earn a 100 Mile Club T-shirt this year, too while our supplies last. Just keep sending us your miles.

Participation in the 500 Mile Club is open only to active duty and reservists. For more info, please email fwmwrfitness@gmail.com or call 817-782-1270. Sign up for the club and start logging your miles now.

 

100 Mile Club results announced

April 26, 2021 The 100 Mile Club wrapped up last month. Here are the combined miles each team ran in February and March:

NASJRB 1,816.78
MAG-41 709.87
MACS-24 419.38
FRC West 319.30
CNFK DET F 82825 25.33
Tactical Support Wing

24.38


In addition, we had EIGHTEEN individuals join our distinguished club of 100-mile runners. In alphabetical order:

Sgt. Maj. Cantu Lt. Col. Jason Ellis Michael Gonzalez Jose Jaen Zachary Mullin
Christopher Sanford
Christopher Champagne Allen Figueroa Cdr Allen Grimes Joseph Kilby Nate Neifer
Matthew Silva
Eric Durbin Austin Garner Keith Hall Capt. Mark McLean Vince Pang Logan Veirs


Three individuals logged more than 200 miles. Matthew Silva totaled 224.78, and Cdr. Grimes was right behind him, with 224.47. And our top runner was Lt. Col. Jason Ellis: In just two months, he ran 226.2 miles. That averages out to about 3.8 miles of running EVERY DAY.

Congratulations to all our club members, and thanks to all who participated.

 

Movie theater has reopened

April 19, 2021    MWR is pleased to announce that the Movie Reel theater has reopened. Because it has been several months since the theater was open, here are some quick facts:

- Movie Reel is Bldg.  1845, on Military Parkway.
- The theater is open to all with base access.
- Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and under.
- Movie times are 1830 Fridays, and 1400 and 1800 on Saturdays and Sundays.

In addition, the concession stand is open to sell refreshments, popcorn, and candy. Outside food or drink is not permitted.

Movie Reel shows films for all ages. You’ll be able to enjoy classic movies, recent releases, and even some films not yet released. And beginning Wednesday, June 2, children’s matinees will be shown at 1200 on Wednesdays, with free admission for all.

Although the theater is reopening, COVID safety protocols will be in place. Guests will have their temperature checked, and masks are required when not eating or drinking. Social distancing must be maintained between groups.

To see the schedule of upcoming films, please copy and paste the link below into your browser. You can also hear a recorded message at 817-782-6037. Hope we see you at the movies!  MOVIE REEL SCHEDULE
 

Update on CDC schedule and restrictions

April 7, 2021  The Child Development Center has returned to 0600-1800 operating hours.

Please note, this is NOT a return to normal operations. The center will continue to function at Operating Level 2. Accordingly, the following restrictions are still in place:

1. Childcare services are available only to service members who have been identified as Mission Essential, and to civilians who have been required to return to the worksite.

2. Services will be available only during those times when no other adult is available to care for the child. 

3. Childcare will be provided for a maximum of 9 hours per day.

4. Care will be provided in a single classroom with a single teacher. This means children will not be moved from one classroom to another during the day.

5. Teachers will not work more than 9 hours.  At the end of a teacher’s shift, that classroom will close.

6. Parents may choose from the following schedules: 0600-1500, 0700-1600, 0800-1700 or 0900-1800.

Reservations for care will be made based on the schedule provided by the parents. Room assignments will be made based on the hours the child will be attending. If we cannot accommodate the published hours, we will reach out to you and attempt to reschedule.

Our objective is to offer more care options while maintaining COVID-19 precautions. These restrictions keep classroom ratios low and minimize interaction between the parents. In the event of a COVID-19 case, we hope this approach will minimize the impact on our programming.

The center will continue at Operating Level 2 until the installation returns to HPCON-BRAVO. We look forward to this transition and a relaxing of these restrictions.

For more information, please contact the Child Development Center at 817-782-7520. Thank you for your understanding and support.
 

Food bank now open for service members

April 6, 2021  The Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) has recently opened a food bank. Items available include non-perishable food, paper towels, diapers, toiletries, and more. There are no rank restrictions. FFSC is located at 3715 Vandenberg Ave. To learn more, please call 817-782-5287.
 

Get information on how to find a school and enroll your child

April 6, 2021  The Texas Education Agency has great information for parents. Learn how to find a school for your child, how to enroll, and about child immunizations. You can also get information about child nutrition programs, special education programs, and resources for youth who are displaced, homeless, or in foster care. It's not too soon to start planning for next year! LEARN MORE. 

 

Johnmichael Gonzales and Maggie Joyner are top finishers in Nautical Mile Challenge

April 6, 2021  We had an excellent turnout for out Nautical Mile Challenge Presented by GEICO Military. More than 30 participants came out to test themselves in an event that combines running, basic exercises, and a difficult sandbag workout.

Among our participants, the average completion time was about 16 minutes. Our fastest female was Maggie Joyner, who finished in 14:37. And our top male performer was Johnmichael Gonzales, who logged a very impressive time of 11:50. Our overall team winner were members of FRC West. They had the most participants from one command as well as some of the top times.

The times for Maggie and Johnmichael have been submitted to the Navy Region Southeast, where they will be compared against top performers throughout the Region. We’re thrilled to have them representing us in an event featuring 15 other bases.

For their efforts, each participant received a GEICO drawstring bag and a cool Challenge Coin. Our top finishers also will receive a gift card. And of course, all of the participants can enjoy bragging rights for having completed a very tough event.

Looking for more ways to test yourself? Our Captain’s Cup competition continues. To learn more and register, please see the link below.

Please join us in congratulating Maggie, Johnmichael, and all of our participants. Special thanks to our sponsor, GEICO Military. Please visit our sponsor’s website, Visit www.geico.com/military.  No Navy endorsement implied. See you at the next event!

Captain's Cup: https://www.navymwrfortworth.com/programs/17479640-2ebf-4a9b-a677-1ca80c5802b8

 

Disc Golf Course now open

3-24-21  MWR's new course is now open! The 9-hole course is located near the Lone Star Center, Bldg. 2570. Meet up with other players Mondays at 1630, or play on your own. Discs are available for rental from Community Recreation, 817-913-0370. To see a course map, download the UDisc app or visit www.pdga.com/course-directory/course/nas-jrb-ftw. More information: 817-782-7770.

 

Dewayne Trevino wins swimming challenge

3-31-21  Senior Airman Dewayne Trevino is the winner of our Swim Into Spring Competition. In just two months, the Texas Air National Guard member swam 21,550 yards--that’s more than 12 miles! For his outstanding effort, Dwayne received an MWR beach towel (and of course, bragging rights). Please join us in congratulating Dwayne. See you next year!


We're hiring!

Updated May 11, 2021  MWR is currently accepting applications for recreation aides, maintenance helper, and Child Daycare Home (CDH) Providers. Learn more and apply at USAJobs.gov.

CDH Providers provide care in their home for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years. They are responsible for caring for the children and helping them develop intellectually, emotionally, and socially, so that they are prepared for school.

Overview

- Providers are self-employed and can set their own rates and work either full-time or part-time.
- Providers also set their own hours. Evenings, weekends, and emergency care availability are very much in demand.
- Providers must live on base OR within 30 minutes of the base.

Process

- Off base Providers will need to be certified the State of Texas, and then by the MWR Children and Youth Program (CYP).
- On base Providers will need to obtain certification from MWR.
- Providers will need to provide proof of homeowner’s or renter’s insurance.
- Extensive background checks will be conducted for the Provider AND for any other adults living in the house.
- Providers will need to complete the MWR training, which consists of 40 hours.
- The CDH Monitor-Family team will conduct a preliminary inspection of the home.
- The CDH Monitor, Fire, Safety and Medical team will then conduct a final inspection of the home.
-  A final inspection will be done, and then repeated annually.
- Providers are visited monthly by the CDH Monitor to ensure they are incompliance with all Navy CDH certification requirements.

For more information, please contact Amy McNish at the MWR Child Development Center, 817-782-7520.