Stewart/Hunter Fitness Centers to Discontinue Towel Service
Thursday, 10 Jan | by Bob Mathews - Family &MWR Marketing Publicity Specialist
Beginning Feb. 1, Family and MWR’s fitness facilities at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield will stop providing work-out towels for its patrons.
Although an inconvenience for customers, the change will result in a reduction in water consumption that will significantly contribute to overall Stewart/Hunter conservation goals, and a cost savings that will benefit fitness center operations.
The centers affected are Newman, Jordan, Caro and 4th IBCT on Stewart, and Tominac on Hunter.
Stopping the practice of providing towels at fitness centers is trending at Army garrisons, especially during these times of tight fiscal constraints.
Eliminating more than 6,000 labor hours required to wash, dry and fold the towels at the centers will result in a savings of about $80,500 per year. The savings will allow basic programming and customer service to be maintained or increased at each center.
Fort Lee eliminated the service in 1996, Fort Gordon in 1998 and Fort Bragg in 2008. Drought conditions, as well as fiscal constraints, played a role in the Bragg decision to halt the practice. Two other garrisons report budget restraints may result in the service being stopped.
The Air Force discontinued towel service in all of its facilities in 2006.
Not having to wash and process the towels will reduce water usage from a total of 2.6 million gallons per year to about 275,000 gallons per year at the fitness facilities.
The water consumption savings will significantly impact Stewart/Hunter’s ROCK of the Marne environmental sustainability efforts.
Executive Order 13514, issued by President Obama in October of 2009, requires federal agencies to reduce potable water consumption intensity by 26 percent by the end of fiscal year 2020, based on a fiscal year 2007 baseline.
F&MWR has also saved approximately 25.4 million gallons of potable water at Stewart and Hunter golf courses by utilizing reclaimed “purple pipe” water and stormwater for irrigation.
New Auto Crafts Fee For 2013
Thursday, 27 Dec | by Bob Mathews - Family &MWR Marketing Publicity Specialist
A new fee structure reflecting rising operating and parts costs, will take effect Jan. 3, 2013 at Libby Auto Crafts on Fort Stewart and Hunter Auto Crafts on Hunter.
The unavoidable decision to raise fees for services, as well as for use of facility space and equipment, was made after an extensive survey of off-post prices and prices at three other Army posts.
Those surveys, at Fort Benning, Campbell and Gordon, showed Stewart/Hunter prices were well below those charged elsewhere.
Army regulations require that prices charged by Family & MWR facilities such as Auto Crafts not be more than 20 percent lower than prices charged off-post for similar services.
“While we regret that we have to raise prices at all, Soldiers and other eligible Auto Crafts customers will see that the increases are modest across the board,” said Linda Heifferon, Director of F&MWR at Stewart/Hunter.
The Auto Crafts facilities at Stewart and Hunter offer Soldiers and other customers an opportunity to save money by doing their own vehicle service. Staffs are available to offer expert advice and lend a hand when necessary to ensure the service is performed safely and correctly.
Extensive equipment is available to perform major or minor vehicle repair.
Libby Auto Crafts is in building 1503 on Sixth Street at Fort Stewart. The telephone number is 912-767-3521/3527.
Hunter Auto Crafts is in building 1288 at 140 Leonard Neal Blvd. on Hunter. The telephone number is 912-315-6244.