Fitness: I like to run on the track outside the Education Services Office and Military Personnel Flight. Well, daylight savings was a couple weeks ago and it’s now dark an hour early. I went to run on the track and the lights weren’t on yet. Are they on a timer, or does someone have to turn them on? Is there any way we can get them on an hour earlier?
Thank you for the opportunity to address this concern. The track near Bldg. 1414 is actually not a lit track. The lights around that field are designed to provide lighting for our intramural sporting events such as flag football. They are not there to light the track during periods of darkness. Unfortunately, there are no tracks with lighting on this base. However, the Tactical Fitness Center on the West Side provides an indoor running area that is lit. Additionally, there are always treadmills and other cardio machines in both fitness centers to support our runners during hours of darkness. The West Side Fitness Center hours are from 4 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays. The East Side Fitness Center hours are from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The East Side Fitness Center is closed on holidays. Thanks again for the opportunity to address this concern and remember if you choose to run on base during hours of darkness to don your reflective belt or reflective PT clothing for safety.
Fitness: I was recently at the West Fitness Center, and noticed that many of the Airmen were not wearing their PT gear properly. Violations included rolling shirt sleeves to look like cut-offs and wearing flip-flops. As a senior NCO, I have no problem approaching these Airmen, but was wondering if there was a base policy, in addition to the AFI, to be more specific towards these infractions? There is no base policy on the wear of the PT uniform, however, we utilize AFI 36-2903 to enforce proper wear. There are pictures displayed in the West Fitness Center on the correct way to wear the uniform. Flip flops should only be worn with the PT uniform when individuals are in the dressing room area. If violations are noticed they should be addressed on the spot. If it doesn't look right, more than likely it isn't. I encourage all Airmen to continue to enforce the standards and hold each other accountable for the proper wear of the uniform.
Housing: I just moved here from Pope AFB, N.C. I lived in an apartment on the second floor where I couldn’t have a grill. I now live in the Liberty Park at Andrews privatized housing and I love not having to commute through D.C. traffic. I’d like to have the neighbors over for a barbeque this weekend and kind of kick-off Spring. Hopefully, the weather will be as nice as it was last weekend. Is there anything I should know before I go out and buy a grill? I don’t want to suddenly find the fire department knWelcome to Joint Base Andrews! Housing residents are responsible for fire safety. Barbecue grills are allowed, but must be used at least 10 feet from structures. Grills should not be placed near a building until they are cool and allow the coals to burnout before disposing of them in a metal container. If the weather turns, never use the grill under a porch or overhang. Also, it's a good idea to make sure your propane tank is turned off at the cylinder. Never leave the grill unattended, especially when children are present. Don't forget, you're responsible for the actions of all your party guests including any damage or violations of your tenant lease agreement. If there is an accident and your grilling gets out of control, be sure to call the fire department. All fires must be reported regardless of size and whether or not they have been extinguished.
Housing: I talked to wives moving to Andrews on internet discussion boards, and a common concern seems to be the cost of fences for on-base housing. Is there any way that base personnel can work with housing to make the cost more reasonable since many families with young children and pets want fences? Liberty Park at Andrews has worked hard to make the community an attractive, wonderful place to live for all residents. As part of this initiative, we have been removing dilapidated fences from yards when residents move out of their home. We make every effort to keep fences that are in good condition in case the next resident to live in that home would like a fence. Although it is not possible in every case, we always try to accommodate fencing preferences with these units when a new resident moves into Liberty Park. For residents installing new fences in their backyard, we have also negotiated bulk pricing with the fencing contractors to make fences more affordable than they would be off-base.
Housing: We had a long summer and a warm autumn, and now the leaves are making up for lost time. Most of them seem to be in my yard and driveway. I live in the Liberty Park privatized housing, and I know the rest of the base belongs to the military, but who is responsible for removing the leaves? It's a joint team effort. Liberty Park at Andrews is responsible for removing the leaves from the lawns and some streets in the family housing areas. The 316th Civil Engineer Squadron is responsible for removing the leaves in the roadways and parking lots.
Liberty Park has two removals a season. They plan to start the first of two removals soon, depending on the weather. The 316 CES has already begun clean-up efforts. The squadron has three street sweepers that patrol the base on a schedule, hitting high use areas, such as parking lots, more often. They work until all the leaves are off the trees and after winds blow leaves in from the numerous forested areas around the base.
Housing: What is the process for me to rent my home to military families at Joint Base Andrews? Who should I contact? How do I put my home for rent on Andrews’ website? Thank you for supporting our military families. There are several options available to you. To list a property on the Web for military members, log on to the Department of Defense housing listings website www.ahrn.com. You can also take out an ad in the Andrews Gazette classifieds by calling Comprint Military Publications at 301-670-2505. Also, you can give your information to the Off Base Referals Office by calling 301-981-5165.
Weddings: My fiancée and I are looking to marry this spring, and there is nothing we would like more than to be wed at Joint Base Andrews. What are some special locations where we can be wed and where can we have the reception?There are a number of places where Department of Defense card holders may hold their wedding. They can schedule it at any of our three chapels by coming in and filling out an application. For more information, call the chaplain's assistants at 301-981-2111.
Weddings can also be held at Yuma Park and the Freedom Lake by calling Outdoor Recreation at 301-981-4109, or by coming into their offices at 1235 Menoher Dr. and filling out an application. The pavilion areas at the park and lake are also ideal places to host a wedding reception. Keep in mind that the pavilion areas are closed for functions until April.
Members of The Club at Andrews can have their wedding and reception in any of the club's Regency A and B, Prince George's and Annapolis rooms. Club members need to come in to the club's cashier cage with their ID and fill out an application. For more information, call 301-568-3100.
The Courses at Andrews may also be a good place to hold a reception. For more information, call 301-981-5010.