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- About Army MWR
MWR in history started on the battlefields of World War I, where behind the lines, Salvation Army sisters and Red Cross volunteers ministered to the needs of soldiers as the forerunners of today's morale, welfare and recreation specialists. After the war was over, funding stopped and morale programs were mothballed. It wasn't until July 1940 that the Morale Division - later named Special Services - was established within the Adjutant General's Office. Between 1946 and 1955, the core recreation programs were established and staffed by a combination of active duty military and civilians. Until the mid - 1980s, active duty enlisted soldiers and officers held military occupational specialties in Special Services and were assigned at every level of command. As those occupational specialties were discontinued, civilians continued to operate MWR programs with military oversight. Special Services underwent much reorganization and had many names before coming to its present configuration as morale, welfare and recreation.
Soldiers are entitled to the same quality of life as is afforded the society they are pledged to defend. Keeping an Army ready to fight and win takes more than hard work and training. Soldiers need a balance of work and play. The MWR mission is to create and maintain "First Choice" MWR products and services for America's Army, essential to a ready, self-reliant force.
Directorate of Morale, Welfare and Recreation
Morale, Welfare, and Recreation programs here at Fort Campbell are administered by the Directorate of MWR. The director of MWR is Robert (Bob) Vail. The DFMWR consists of several diverse divisions: Business Activities, Recreation, Child, Youth and School Services, Army Community Services, Army Lodging, and several others. The purpose of MWR is to provide quality community activities to our customers that make up the large military community supported by Fort Campbell. Community Activities Business Center 5663 Screaming Eagle Blvd. 270.798.9953
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