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Hammer Jammer University MWR Events for October
October MWR Ideas
Here is the next installment for HammerJammerUniversity October is a month that starts the Seasonal Changes in Iraq and may be already fairly cool in Afghanistan. The cooler weather brings more folks out for outdoor events, but as an MWR professional you have to remain mindful of your tactical situation and make sure events likely to draw crowds are approved by the command in advance. Also practice your Bunker Briefing so it sounds professional when you give it to a large group.
October starts with the Air Force – Navy game on 3 Oct check your AFN Listings for the time in your area. You may want to work out something with the DFAC on the inter service rivalry games so snacks etc can be served for the event. You may need to host the event at the DFAC in order to pull it off. This works best on Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) and Combat Outposts (COPs). You might want to get with the PX and see if they will donate one of each Service PT shirt so the Senior Loser gets a picture with the other services T shirt on. (That’s usually the bet on the table.) You can enhance Half-time, Scores, or Fumbles etc with a bit of Stadium Jams, ( not always well received, depends on how seriously the crowd takes the game); or a guess the score competition for both half-time, and end of game.
Next up is the Army Ten Miler Shadow Run on the 4th of Oct. By now you should have made contact with the ATM staff and gotten the graphics from them for the Ten Miler Shadow Run. Use it on your Promos and the winner pictures, Normally the ATM cannot provide support for prizes, trophies etc, for this distance of a race you may, on the larger FOBs and Camps, get Mayors Cell support for prizes; it’s worth asking about. If not just make sure you don’t over promise on this, the folks that will run this race are the sort that tend to run for pleasure anyway and like pushing themselves for the challenge of it. I’ve had great success with this race with no more than a certificate of completion as a prize. Make sure you get race day pictures and upload them to the ATM Shadow Run site.
Karaoke Idol or go to MWR Rising Star Page www.armymwr.com/recleisure/promotions/operation_rising_star.aspx they are great opportunities for outdoor stage events; especially with an Oktoberfest theme. Many of the units assigned to operations in both theaters are based in Europe and look forward to the normalcy an Oktoberfest style get together allows. You might want to get with your MWR LNO or the Mayors Cell and see what liquid refreshment support they may be able to provide. Fest music is readily available for download at Amazon.com and Itunes. They Karaoke Idol and local talent shows almost always go better when you have a Military rep coordinating the rules and screening the acts. Now is the time to start generating interest and finding the help.
Finally, Halloween on the 31st. Costumed events are difficult to pull off as there are many security concerns costumes generate; particularly on installations with local national workers. Never the less even at the most remote locations w MWR personnel, you can have a load of fun by putting on a Halloween Hat and doing reverse Trick Or Treat. We had great fun with it in 2004 at FOB Shield. Sups have your MWR personnel fill up a bag of candy, put on a Halloween Hat and wonder the FOB when you come upon a soldier hold the bag of candy up but out of reach and smile and say “GO on Say it, Just Say it!!” They will inevitably reply with the magic words “Trick or Treat” upon which you give them some candy. If you really want to get the smiles going see if the First Sergeants, Company Commander, CSMs and Battalion Commanders will take a turn with you some time during the day. You will be surprised at how many will take a few minutes for a laugh to be had by their troops.
Halloween also offers the opportunity for the “Hob Goblin 5K” run, or similarly titled Basketball or Flag Football event. For those it’s all in the Certificate you design. Remember you as an MWR Professional make memories. Use every opportunity, Work Hard, Have Fun and above all Be Koo-El!!!