Local

August 28, 2014

ODR wants to get Team Edwards out and about

Tags:
Rebecca Amber
Staff writer

James Norman, Outdoor Recreation director, has 14 years of experience in Outdoor Recreation, a career that has taken him all over the world. He moved to Edwards from Tyndall AFB, Fla., where he served as a youth activities director.

In the coming months Edwards personnel can expect to see representatives form Outdoor Recreation in the Exchange to assist in signing up for email notifications.

ODR is planning trips for all types of interests such as hiking, fishing, camping, white water rafting and deep sea fishing. The trips are open to anyone with base access for a standard fee that includes transportation and limited equipment.

ODR’s new director, James Norman, just wants to give people the opportunity to get outside and enjoy nature. To accomplish that goal, ODR is forming more specific email groups to ensure that individuals are notified of outings that will interest them. For instance, someone who enjoys camping can sign up for emails about camping trips.

“It could be a whole new world for people who haven’t had a lot of outdoor experience. In today’s society most of the younger generations are fixed on computer technology, but this is a great way of experiencing nature firsthand; it’s a whole different world,” said Norman.

ODR also offers a special initiative for single Airmen to participate in Department of Defense-sponsored trips. There are a variety of programs in the Single Airman Program to choose from at no cost to participating Airmen. The trips are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis and have limited availability.

“The trips are for any military person that is single regardless of rank. If they are an E-1 or colonel, they can sign up,” said Norman.

The next single Airman trip is scheduled for Sept. 5 to go parasailing out of Marina Del Ray. The deadline to sign up is Aug. 31 at which time any remaining slots will be made available to the rest of the base population.

Another single Airman trip, deep sea fishing, has been scheduled for Oct. 27 in Oxnard. Airmen will be provided with transportation and equipment, paying only for food and drinks.

Outdoor Rec offers a wide variety of equipment for rent year-round. Norman encourages anyone who is new to Edwards and ODR to stop by for a quick tour. The rental price list is another resource for discovering new equipment to ODR.

The archery range operated by Outdoor Recreation.

“The staff is friendly, eager and happy to answer questions and give a guided tour,” said Norman. “We want to make the Airmen’s tour of duty both enjoyable and memorable and take advantage of the numerous activities available at ODR. We’re available for all active duty family members as well.”

Outdoor Recreation is not just for off-base trips and equipment rentals, they also offer on-base activities. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, the Rod and Gun Club is open for skeet shooting, target practice, airsoft and paintball activities.

Norman has 14 years of experience in Outdoor Recreation, a career that has taken him all over the world. He moved to Edwards from Tyndall AFB, Fla., where he served as a youth activities director.

“I just like to get outdoors and be with people doing fun things and enjoying nature,” said Norman. “If you don’t get into ODR activities, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. It’s good for your health and fitness, and you might pick up a great hobby.”

Edwards ODR has equipment rentals and trips available for all base personnel. Call 661-275-CAMP (2267) for more information.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

News Briefs October 24, 2014

M4/M9 Firing Range closure The Edwards AFB Combat Arms Firing Range is closed for M4 and M9 firing until further notice. Any required firing for PCS or deployments will temporarily be accomplished at March ARB, Calif. To schedule training, contact the Combat Arms section at 661-277-2103. It is strongly recommended that all firing be scheduled as soon...
 
 
town-hall

Edwards community holds town hall meeting

Air Force photograph by Jena Romo Col. Eric Leshinksy, 412th Mission Support Group commander, addresses the audience at a town hall meeting Oct. 15 at the Airmen and Family Readiness Center. The Edwards community gathered at th...
 
 
Instagram by Master Sgt. Sonny Cohrs

Online vigilance helps reduce risk

Instagram by Master Sgt. Sonny Cohrs The Air Force reminds us not to post information about deployment departures, locations, and on-going operations. However, even a simple photo of your family pet can reveal personal informat...
 

 
Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber

Gathering of Eagles honors 70 years of TPS

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Brig. Gen. Michael Brewer, 412th Test Wing commander, offered the closing remarks for the event, reminding the audience that fundraiser is about preparing for the future. The Flight Test Hi...
 
 
commissary

Giving ‘gift of groceries’? Think Commissary gift cards

No matter the occasion, Commissary gift cards are always available to help family members, friends and organizations give the gift of groceries. “Our gift cards are versatile,” said Randy Chandler, the Defense Commi...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Christian Turner

AFMC command chief visits with Edwards Airmen

Air Force photograph by Christian Turner Chief Master Sgt. Michael J. Warner, Air Force Materiel Command command chief, speaks to enlisted Airmen at Club Muroc Oct. 15. Warner held two enlisted calls speaking to junior Airmen i...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>