AFRC opens R&R package to soldiers on block leave
DARMSTADT, Germany — With major troop rotations coming in and out of the desert, the Armed Forces Recreation Center Europe is now serving soldiers taking block leave upon their return from the Mideast.
Commanders determine companywide dates for block leave, when all soldiers in a company can take leave at the same time.
Military members, as well as Department of the Army civilians returning from deployment, can take advantage of AFRC’s program that was initially set aside only for troops home on 14-day rest and recuperation leave.
To enjoy the Operation R&R package, troops must be on block leave after completing a one-year tour from Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom, according to an AFRC statement released in January.
The package provides two overnight hotel stays in Garmisch, with breakfast and dinner provided both nights for $90 for a single traveler or $120 for double occupancy. For a third overnight stay, singles are $45 and doubles are $60. Teen-agers from 13 to 17 are $9 per day and children under 12 stay and dine at the hotel for free. Additional nights may be added following arrival, based on availability, according to the statement.
Tours and recreational activities are offered for $15 per day per person.
“The Operation R&R program lets block leave participants spend quality time relaxing with family,” Richard LeBrun, general manger, said in the statement issued by AFRC. “We want to help servicemembers have a unique experience and plenty of rest in order to be ready to continue their important missions.”
The AFRC resort in Europe is set in the Bavarian Alps in southern Germany and has been providing vacations for servicemembers and their families for more than 58 years.
A new AFRC lodge and resort, Edelweiss, will open in September.