Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Navy Memphis

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Navy Memphis

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Steve Jones writes that he's recovering from back surgery and would like to use the indoor pool on base for therapy. Millington High School students need facilities for tennis practice. Vanderbilt University NROTC students request a one-week orientation stay on the base. Tipton County Barbecue Festival Association needs tents, a stage and crowd-control fencing. Can the Memphis in May Triathlon be routed through the base and use a sound system, tents, tables, and a generator?

Yes, all these requests - and more - are accommodated by the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department at Naval Support Activity (NAS) Memphis. This type of interaction makes the strong and harmonious relationship between the base and community unmistakable. While providing superb recreation facilities for the leisure enjoyment of active duty and retired military personnel and their family members, Navy Memphis also interacts with and provides tremendous support to the local community. This support is becoming more common as the base transitions from a major training command to the home of Bureau of Naval Personnel.

Special Events

Many on-base special events are open to the public. The First Annual Smokin' By The Lake Barbecue Contest, held in September 1995 was such a success, that this years contest was sanctioned by the world-famous Memphis in May Barbecue Network. This barbecue contest is a major fall event in the local community. Christmas activities, rodeos, truck pulls, flea markets, car shows, bowling tournaments, and All-Navy and Armed Forces Sports Championships, all take place throughout the year at NSA Memphis.

This past August, the NSA Memphis MWR Department hosted the Pickin' By The Lake Bluegrass Festival. This was a three-day family-oriented event, featuring nationally renowned bluegrass bands. in addition to music there was family camping, children,s entertainment down-home cooking, and fellowship around the campfire.

The Annual John Tanner Congressional Golf Scramble is held every August on the beautiful MWR Golf Course. The tournament fosters camaraderie between golf enthusiasts from local business, members of Congress and the military. (See the News and Announcements Section for highlights from this years tournament.) The purpose of the tournament is to showcase the base MWR facilities. …

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