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NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain — Thousands of CD-ROMS packed with shopping tips, recreational opportunities and cultural dos and don’ts are being created for deployed sailors.

Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation and AT&T are producing 45,000 of the CDs. Three types of informational “passport” CDs will be geared toward sailors making port visits in the Middle East, Asia and Europe. A fourth will focus on Navy MWR programs at bases worldwide.

“The MWR and the cultural information is available from a number of sources,” said Steve Buckley of the MWR Communications Group. “This is just one way of putting it all together in a creative and interactive and fun way that will hopefully hold the sailors’ interest and also inform them in particular about MWR.”

The overseas CDs will include information about MWR services in the different regions, important phone numbers, cultural overviews and language help, said Ingrid Mueller of the MWR Communications Group. A pair of music videos by rock groups Dishwalla and 3 Doors Down also appear on the discs.

AT&T, which is sponsoring the endeavor, will have links to its military-support Web site and access numbers for the various regions.

“It provides valuable information,” said Roberto Cruz, AT&T media relations director. “The impact can be immediate and the reach is vast through the CD. It’s a medium these folks in the military understand now and nobody travels now without their CDs and PCs these days.”

Once production is completed, CDs will go to deployed ships and squadrons serving in the Middle East, Fleet and Family Support Centers serving commands deploying to the Middle East, fleet and force command master chiefs Navywide, recreational coordinators serving aboard ships, career counselors and to special events.

The Middle East CD will be available by the end of the summer and will include recreational facility information, important phone numbers and cultural overviews. The Asian and European CDs are in production and won’t be available until the end of the year at the earliest. The European version won’t likely be available until the spring, Buckley said.


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