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Rikia Ceasar is the new Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) Henderson Hall Marketing Officer. This isn’t her first time employed aboard the installation; three years ago she held positions within the Single Marine Program and MCCS Human Resources before relocating to Naval Support Facility Indian Head. She returned to Henderson Hall last month.

“I came back because I missed it and love it here so much,” Ceasar said. “There are a lot of people committed to providing services and opportunities to military members and their families — I particularly enjoy my job because I can touch everyone through the promotion of services though engagement, graphic design and marketing. I really enjoy this commitment.”

Ceasar isn’t alone in her quest to engage the uniformed public. On Aug. 29 Ceasar joined representatives from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Family & Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR), Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS), USO-Metro, Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA), Army Community Service (ACS) and the Fort Myer Fitness Center during the Fourth Quarter MWR Council Meeting at the JBM-HH Community Activities Center. Service providers aboard JBM-HH tabled and outlined events and happenings during the fall months.

“It’s great to see new faces amongst the service providers who have joined the conversation, however, we need more attendance from community members,” said Denise James, director for FMWR who is encouraging both military personnel and their families to attend quarterly meetings. “We need feedback from the community to learn what we’re doing right and what we are not. What we should be more focused on and what we should discard. This is the platform and forum to do so … this should be seen as more of a town hall and less of a council.”

An observation noted by Spc. Lemijah Campbell, BOSS president, whose duties include keeping single Soldiers engaged during off-duty hours.

“We have the tools and numbers to get the information out to our Soldiers, but it’s their responsibility to want to be a part of it,” Campbell added. Yet, he remains committed to the duties associated with title.

“I won’t stop being committed to my target audience,” Campbell said.

• Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) will hold the fourth annual Service Member Appreciation Day on Sept. 22 at the JBM-HH Community Activities Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be free food, games and giveaways.

• Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) is teaming up with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) for volunteer opportunities during the holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas). For more information contact Sean Urban, BOSS adviser or Spc. Lemijah Campbell, BOSS president at 703-696-3469/70 to learn more.

• MCCS will host Pups in the Pool at Zembiec Pool Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $5 per entrant.

• The Devil Dog 7K Race part of the OohRah Run Series kicks off at 6:45 a.m. at the Cpl. Terry L Smith Gym on Sept. 13. The first 100 registered participants will receive a free t-shirt. For more information call 703-614-6332.

• MCCS will host a Harvest Festival featuring wine and beer tasting, and cigar rolling demonstrations, Sept. 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of the Marine Corps Exchange. For more information call 703-979-8420 ext. 105.

• Army Community Service (ACS) will host Anger Management Training Sept. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Bldg. 201. To learn more call 703-696-3512.

• Army Community Service (ACS) hosts Outdoor Play Mornings for new parents from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Thursday at Virginia Highlands Park in Arlington, Va. To learn more call 703-696-7206/3512.

• Army Community Service (ACS) will host its annual Haunted Hayride and Stables Oct. 28 from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Old Guard Stables at Ft. Myer. The event will feature Caisson Platoon Soldiers and Halloween-themed activities, games and prizes. To learn more call Carla Moss at 703-696-2178.

The next FMWR Council meeting is expected in November at the JBM-HH Community Activities Center. A specific date and time has not been set. To learn more or to receive the full calendar of JBM-HH events contact Mitch Thompson, FMWR Community Center supervisory recreation specialist at 703-696-3470. Or email mitchell.l.thompson2.civ@mail.mil, to be added to the council’s email list.

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