Outdoor recreation brings summer activities to community

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- The outdoor recreation office here helps care for the 52nd Fighter Wing community by offering weekend getaways and outdoor activities that are designed to provide entertainment and boost morale.

The activities include trips such as Saar River canoeing, rock climbing in Luxembourg, Baltic Sea fishing, hiking and scuba diving.

Michael Kirsch, 52nd Force Support Squadron Outdoor Recreation program director, said the activities help people get out and learn about outdoor activities while trying new things and exploring Europe. The activities also serve as a good way of social networking with people in the local area who have similar interests.

"I like to make the trips into a learning experience, while at the same time making sure everyone is having a good time," Kirsch said.

Master Sgt. Kenneth Snyder, 52nd FW Command Post superintendent, said the trips are made simple because ODR plans the schedule of events and provides equipment and transportation, so all the customer has to do is show up ready to go.

"Because majority of base members have busy lifestyles, the turn-key program really helps make it easy for people to get out and participate in outdoor activities, making it a desired place for Airmen and family members," Snyder said.

Members of the 52nd FW can suggest any safe activity and get a group together, and ODR staff will organize transportation, schedule the event and provide a guide if necessary.

To find out more about upcoming outings, visit http://www.facebook.com/#!/52DFSS, or call DSN 452-7170 or 06565-61-7170. ODR is located in Bldg. 146.