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Aaron Reott, left, and James Christensen take cover as a paint ball explodes just over their heads at the paint ball field in Griesheim, Germany. The 233rd Base Support Battalion out of Darmstadt, Germany, recently won the Outstanding Installation Recreation Program in the U.S. Army for medium-sized installations.
Aaron Reott, left, and James Christensen take cover as a paint ball explodes just over their heads at the paint ball field in Griesheim, Germany. The 233rd Base Support Battalion out of Darmstadt, Germany, recently won the Outstanding Installation Recreation Program in the U.S. Army for medium-sized installations. (Raynond T. Conway / S&S)

Europe’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs recently took home 10 of 22 Army-level awards, with one base winning the top award for outstanding recreation program.

The outstanding recreation program award, medium category, went to the 233rd Base Support Battalion in Darmstadt, Germany.

“Everybody is excited about it,” said Jacqui Haggerty, MWR marketing director for the 233rd BSB. “It has really empowered the staff here, but it won’t change the way we do business. They’ve been doing business this way for years.”

“We are extremely proud of our recreation programs and those who participate in them,” said Kim Walz, IMA-Euro spokeswoman. “It’s wonderful to see their dedication and hard work recognized by the Army. It’s especially important living overseas to have these quality of life enhancing services available to our soldiers, civilians and their families.”

The Army-level winners from Europe are:

Outstanding installation recreation program, medium category: 233rd Base Support Battalion, Darmstadt, Germany

Outstanding recreation employee of the year: Cory Doubek, fitness coordinator, U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart, Germany

Friends of recreation: Sam Cassou, 414th Base Support Battalion, Hanau, Germany; Kurt Loh, 409th Base Support Battalion, Grafenwöhr, Germany

Outstanding recreation program, auto skills, medium category: U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza, Italy

Outstanding recreation program, entertainment, medium category: USAG Vicenza

Outstanding recreation program, library: Small category, USAG Stuttgart; large category, 409th BSB

Outstanding recreation program, outdoor recreation, large category: 409th BSB

Outstanding recreation program, sports and fitness, medium category: USAG Stuttgart

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