News: Valentine’s Day at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling – Not just another routine day
Story by Joseph P Cirone
WASHINGTON – Valentine’s Day at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) included the normal, yet important, routines of the workday, but also a number of special activities as well.
A team from the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Joint Basing Office spent the day examining JBAB; its operations, administration and speaking with some of its mission partners.
JBAB’s command and staff leadership, along with representatives of Commander, Navy Installations Command; Naval District Washington and the Air Force District of Washington hosted the day-long OSD visit.
The team began its periodic routine examination of JBAB with a comprehensive briefing of the installation’s leadership; organizational structure; mission, vision and priorities; staffing condition; overview of mission and tenant partner units, commands and agencies; housing and facilities; various processes; area school and home school options; community and on-base development plans and potential impacts and the installation commander’s high interest concerns.
Following the brief, the team spent the remainder of the long day, visiting various JBAB and mission partner locations and conducted a windshield tour through housing areas, interrupted only by a brief stop for lunch at the Bolling Club, where the infamous “pork chop Thursday” buffet was as appetizing as ever.
As the OSD team performed their duties, the daily business and activities continued at JBAB.
Forty children attended the JBAB Library’s monthly celebration of birthdays occurring this month. In addition to being read "Clifford's Birthday Party" by Norman Bridwell and "Froggy's First Kiss" by Jonathan London, the children made keepsake Valentine’s Day photo frames and enjoyed a cupcake, juice beverage and a balloon.
Meanwhile, 158 other people utilized public-access computers; wireless internet service and other services provided by the facility.
JBAB’s Child and Youth Program hosted 34 youth and 20 parents taking part in the part-day enrichment; Valentine’s Day social and Military and Family Support Center (MFSC) play group programs.
Preschoolers were assisted by JBAB staff in creating friendship bracelets, acknowledging Valentine’s Day and at the same time increasing the development of their social, emotional, cognitive and fine motor skills.
The Bolling Area Home Educators (BAHE), JBAB’s home school association, had nine students participate in a fencing class.
Interested military and civilians looking for employment opportunities in the future, attended a class, entitled, “The Ten Steps to Federal Employment,” at the MFSC.
MFSC staff members celebrated Black History Month with a pot luck luncheon, dining on traditional food and enjoying Black history trivia quizzes.
The Auto Hobby Shop did a front end alignment, resurfaced 11 brake rotors, replaced an oil sending unit, and assisted 14 self help patrons keep their vehicles safe and operational.
Thirty military spouses and eight children attended the Valentine’s Day eve meeting of the Hearts Apart group for deployed spouses. They enjoyed a pot luck dinner and spouses received free massages and facials to celebrate Valentine's Day.
In addition to its normal lunch crowd, 55 people made Valentine’s Day reservations for the lunch buffet at the Bolling Club and 43 people made reservations for dinner.
The Funari Dining Facility served 681 people during breakfast and lunch and additional personnel for dinner.
With all of the food around the installation, Fitness cannot be forgotten. By early afternoon, more than 800 people worked out at JBAB’s Fitness Centers and Aerobic Center.