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NEWS | Feb. 24, 2016

Community Commons: building morale for JBLE Service members

By Senior Airman Brittany E. N. Murphy 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

From trips, comedy shows, game rooms, crafting and professional development courses, the Langley Community Commons staff set their sights on creating outlets for U.S. Service members to venture out and to build morale serving at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

The Community Commons offers various opportunities for, Service members to get out of their dorm rooms or houses to build resiliency.

Recharge for Resiliency, a resiliency program across the Air Force, facilitates many of these opportunities that targets specific audiences, providing needed support for Airmen, Soldiers and their families.

The R4R program is comprised of three different components. First, Single Airmen Initiative is geared toward unmarried Service members, mainly dorm residents, who might not have family or friends in the local area and are looking for an opportunity to meet new people. A few of the upcoming events include paintballing and a studio engineering course. 

The second component, RecOn, promotes team building through outdoor recreational activities such as zip lining and whitewater rafting trips.

The final element of R4R is deployed effective programming, which is set up for those members who have or will deploy during fiscal year 2016 and their families to receive recreational activities.

According to U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Devin Elliott, 633rd Force Support Squadron community programs and partnership office noncommissioned officer in charge, even if an activity, such as go-karting or fishing, is geared toward one component of R4R, the Community Commons will not turn down other Service members if there are positions still available for a particular event.

"[Most of the events] we do are for everyone, but in the off chance it is geared towards a target audience, they will take priority," said Elliot.

The community commons offers various courses as well, such as basic vehicle maintenance, guitar lessons and sewing courses.

"I love supporting and providing for the Airmen that don't necessarily want to venture out," said Elliott. "I am sure there is something for everyone."

Aside from courses and R4R events, the Community Commons facility houses a pool room with billiards and ping pong, a gaming room, a music studio and a basketball court, so that Service members have a place to kick back after a long day's work, said Elliot.

To sign up for trips, courses or events, visit or call the Community Commons at 764-2983.