Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (FMWR) plays a major role in everyday life in the Fort Gordon military community. FMWR provides so many wonderful services to the members of the Fort Gordon military community; I challenge anyone to say “there’s nothing to do” on post! FMWR also provides a well organized and continuously updated website, www.fortgordon.com, which makes it easy for members of our community to know exactly what’s happening on Fort Gordon every day of the week.
Now that summer is almost upon us, the first service provided by FMWR that comes to mind is the fabulous pool on post! Diving boards, huge water slide, water park area, kiddie pool, tri-level sun deck, and a snack bar all make for a great way to beat the heat! Some of the other outdoor activities offered include the award-winning Gordon Lakes Golf Club, Fort Gordon Sportsman’s Club, horseback riding at Hilltop Riding Stable, fishing at one of the many stocked ponds, and camping at Lake Leitner. Pointes West Army Resort, located a short drive away from Fort Gordon in Appling, Georgia on Lake Thurmond, offers year-round family fun. Camping, swimming, boating, hiking, and picnicking are some of the activities available at the resort.
There are also plenty of indoor activities on Fort Gordon. The newly renovated Gordon Lanes Bowling Center is a great place to meet up with friends and family for a fun evening. Feeling lucky? Head over to Bingo Palace for some serious bingo action with jackpots sometimes totaling over $11,000! One of my personal favorites is the Fort Gordon Dinner Theater. What a great date night! Between the well produced shows and delicious food, you can’t go wrong with a night out at the dinner theater! Be sure to check the FMWR website for upcoming shows. Who knows? You may find yourself on stage auditioning for one of their future productions!
Speaking of food, there are so many places to grab a bite to eat here on Fort Gordon. There are currently four Java locations on Fort Gordon. Java Escape, located in the Alternate Escapes Recreation Center, Java Fitness at Gordon Fitness, Java Express, located on Chamberlain Avenue, and the newest location, Java Café, which recently opened on the first floor of Darling Hall. We are also happy to welcome Shishkebab Café to Signal Towers! Shishkebab Café offers both Mediterranean and American cuisine for breakfast and lunch. Other dining establishments include Bogey’s Grill at the Gordon Lakes Golf Course, Kegler’s Cafe at Gordon Lanes Bowling Center, Gordon’s Conference and Catering Center, Teresa’s Mexican Restaurant, Me Me & Bo Bo’s Chinese Express, Huddle House, and Dominoes Pizza.
We are also fortunate to have such a fantastic library on Fort Gordon. Last year, Woodworth Consolidated Library was awarded Federal Library of the Year 2011 by the Library of Congress! What an amazing accomplishment – and it’s right here on our post! Renovations were recently completed at the library, and there are several fun events scheduled for this summer.
FMWR also offers other services such as Child, Youth, and School Services, several fitness centers , a Recycling Center, Auto and Boat Storage, Auto Craft center, BOSS program and Recreation Center for our single Service Members, Get Outdoors Gordon, and Army Community Service which provides countless programs and support for our service members and their families.
FMWR enriches the lives of all of us here in the Fort Gordon Military Community. All of these wonderful programs and services are available to us at minimal or no cost, and I would encourage everyone to get out and experience all that FMWR has to offer. Whether you are new to the Fort Gordon community, experiencing a deployment, or just looking to meet new people, you will always find something to do thanks to FMWR here on Fort Gordon. I am proud to not only be a member of this community, but to also work for this fantastic establishment, FMWR! I’m looking forward to seeing what new and exciting adventures await here on Fort Gordon this summer!