Morale, Welfare and Recreation
By Capt. Luis Barber
First published in
SFOR Informer #99, October 25, 2000
Sarajevo - Falling under the United States Department of
the Army-US Department of Defence, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR)
supports its troops where they are stationed.
is set up to promote physical fitness, build morale and cohesion, enhance
quality of life and provide quality programs and activities for the troops.
Since last spring, Lillian Quehl, has been the coordinator in Sarajevo
and Alex Hall, the property coordinator, assists her.
"Our programming goal is designed to relieve stress, improve social
skills and develop team building among the troops," explained Quehl.
MWR runs activities like tours and trips, concerts, sport tournaments,
dances, instructional classes, etc, and everybody in SFOR is invite to
participate in them.
Their program includes the Bon Appetit International Dining Club every
Wednesday where soldiers can enjoy different cousines like a gourmet dinner
in Sarajevo; the Toastmaster's International Club on Sundays with the
goal of improving the communication skill of everyone; aerobic sessions
everyday except Tuesdays and Saturdays, and the Chess International Club
offer a number of facilities in Butmir like the Peace Keeper's Pavilion,
also named the Fest Tent, with a complete Fitness Center, basketball and
volleyball courts, a concert stage and others activities like a TV/Video
Room, pool table, a board games area, a library, and a video and equipment
lending desk. This facility may be used by anyone in SFOR, just like the
last German celebration of Octoberfest.
Also, they also have a very interesting Cyber Café, also named
the Cyber Hut, equipped with computers with Internet access and several
DSN telephones which links cities with American Bases.
"With the Cyber Hut we have greatly improved the morale of the troops
because they contact their loved ones on a regular basis through the internet
which include a video-conference service," stressed Quehl.
There is also the dayroom, with pool, ping pong and fusball tables, televisions
and books, newspapers and magazines.
current three-month programme, until next Christmas, consists of music
concerts of various sorts like Patty Booker, who plays country and western,
and others bands playing rock, pop and rhythm and blues, variety and comedy
shows, and more activities relating to Halloween, like the costume party
and pumpkin carving contest Oct. 28.
Also, a Bazaar and Fashion Show will take place Oct. 27. It will be sponsored
by MWR in conjunction with Morale, Welfare and Activities (MWA) and the
Army and Air Forces Exchanges Services (AAFES). As the models, MWR would
like to recruit soldiers.
For every activity, Quehl said she counts on many volunteers to make things
"Our American collaborator Master Sgt. Lola Cohens-Ashley, has been
nominated the MWR Volunteer of the Quarter for providing aerobics classes
and assisting in all special events," said Quehl.
Nations of SFOR: US