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A Healthy Life

Lisa Taylor

Contributors Tara Goodson Tere Kangas Katherine Kolodzie Charlene Mazur Chaplain (COL) Alvin Miller

Photography Deborah Young Fort Campbell ODR Fredleonero pg 6 Hartphotography pg 6 Kromosphere

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Publisher Creative ink

Creative Director Sears Hallett

Advertising Melissa Breed Creative ink 931-220-6911 David Loos Creative ink 931-206-4459

Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. ~Doug Larson We can’t make everything smell or taste as good as bacon, but what we can do is provide you plenty of information on how to stay healthy physically, financially and spiritually. Whether your goal is to get in shape, get out of debt or work on your character, it’s never too late to begin creating healthy habits. Simply making the choice to be better today than you were yesterday starts you on the journey to achieving a healthier lifestyle. Fort Campbell Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) sports season is in full swing. Find out all the opportunities from soccer and softball to flag football and racquetball by checking out the new MWR Intramural and Recreation Sports Calendar. Outdoor Recreation’s Aquatics and Adventure programs work diligently to provide Soldiers numerous opportunities to stay active. Reap the benefits of swimming at Gardner Indoor Pool. After undergoing recent repairs and renovations Gardner is ready to accommodate all your swimming needs. The Adventure program has a variety of activities to include hiking, canoeing and rock climbing to keep you moving all month long. Nutrition is an important element in living a healthy lifestyle. Are you getting everything you need from the foods you eat? Many of us think we are eating healthy; however, we may be lacking many key vitamins and minerals. Find out how adding a multivitamin or supplements can help you become healthier and sexier. Financial stress can have a large impact on your physical and mental health and fitness. To encourage healthy financial habits MWR Army Community Service Financial Readiness program offers seminars to teach you “How Good Life Can Be Without Breaking the Bank”. We have covered physical and financial health, now what about spiritual? Strength of character is one of the most important aspects of life. Our inner strengths and morals guide us to make decisions every day. So what defines character? What are the characteristics of a strong person? At one time or another we have all been part of a team and the most important characteristic to me is loyalty. Chaplain Miller explores this important trait and why “Loyalty is a Royal Asset”. As always, I welcome your input, opinion and advice on what you would like to see featured in the BOSS Life magazine. Feel free to contact me at

CONTENTS March 2011 4



Dive in



The health advantages of getting in the swim of things.

How to get what you need and want on a budget.

Having it and giving it is a precious asset.



Get Out!!

What’s Happening?

Fun outdoor activities for this spring that get you out of the house.

BOSS events for the month of March.

6 Supplement Life Great value from vitamins and other supplements explored.

Disclaimers: Fort Campbell’s BOSS Life Magazine is a monthly magazine produced by the Fort Campbell MWR Marketing Department under the authority of AR 215-1. Facilities and activities publicized are open to authorized patrons. The purpose of Fort Campbell BOSS Life is to provide current information about Fort Campbell MWR and BOSS activities and events; to share ideas which will help readers become educated about Fort Campbell MWR and BOSS activities and motivate them to take full advantage of these programs that contribute to our Fort Campbell single Soldiers better quality of life. Views and opinions expressed are those of the authors. The mention or appearance of commercial advertisers, commercial sponsors and/or their logos does not constitute endorsement by the Federal Government. The information in this issue is current at the time of publication; activities and events are subject to change. MWR Marketing is located at 5663 Screaming Eagle Blvd, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. For more information, call 270-798-7535 or log on to


Great benefits come from swimming by Tara Goodson SWIMMING IS NOT JUST A RECREATIONAL SPORT, BUT one of the most beneficial workouts. It’s advantageous for people of any age, and one can start swimming anytime. Also, you don’t need to invest in expensive equipment to swim; all you need is a swimsuit and a towel. Swimming is very soothing, and can be done as a group activity, or by your self. Swimming is a great activity that can be continued for a lifetime. It works nearly every muscle in your body and will help you build your endurance, cardiovascular fitness and overall strength. Just like changing up your workout in the gym, make sure you do a variety of strokes to work each muscle group. Swimming is also considered to be one of the safest exercises. Swimming, unlike walking or jogging, doesn't put pressure on the joints, and the buoyancy of water cushions the body and doesn't stress the muscles or joints. Doesn’t that sound like a welcome relief to your knees and back? Another benefit is a longer life span due to the increased cardiovascular fitness and flexibility. Swimming is also excellent for cross-training. One can swim to warm up before running, weight lifting or any other type of training, or go for a swim after a workout session to cool off the body. In addition to cardio benefits, swimming provides flexibility, muscle strength and endurance, as moving in water needs more strength compared to other exercises. Swimming helps to tone the body and to build lean and flexible muscles, unlike the hard muscles one develops from weight training. There is a psychological benefit to swimming as well, if you allow it to occur. Relax and swim at a leisurely pace. Let your mind wander, focusing on the rhythm of your stroke. This form of meditation can help you gain a feeling of well-being, and sense of peace. Many swimmers find an indirect benefit from swimming. They develop life skills such as sportsmanship, time-management, self-discipline, goal-setting, and an increased sense of self-worth through their participation in the sport. Swimmers seem to do better in school, in general terms, than non-swimmers as a group. You don’t have to stick to just lap swimming to get a great work out. Why don’t you try a few of these options? • Water Walking: Moving forward, backward, and sideways, using regular, short, quick, or long steps, in waist-deep or chest-deep water. • Water Aerobics: Full body rhythmic exercises conducted in shallow and/or deep water for 20 minutes or more, designed to provide cardiovascular benefits. •Water Toning/Strength Toning: Upper and lower body moves designed to strengthen, firm, and sculpt the muscles by using the resistance of the water and/or water exercise equipment. • Flexibility Training: Large move ments using each body part's full

range of motion, along with full body stretches. • Water Yoga & Relaxation: Gentle, easy-flowing moves using the water as a relaxation medium. • Deep Water Running: Flotation devices are used to simulate land running in the water where the feet do not touch the bottom of the pool. Various running styles, drills, and methods can be used. • Wall Exercise (deep or shallow): Using the pool wall for support to isolate various body parts. The health benefits earned from swimming are long term. If you need to lose weight, swimming is a great calorie burner, as it is a full body workout. Swimming burns 3 calories a mile per pound, so if you are 150lbs in weight, you can burn 900 calories in just 30 minutes! The breaststroke and freestyle are the preferred style for calorie burning. Just make sure you don’t consume as many calories as Michael Phelps, remember he trains professionally and requires more calories than the average person. Some additional tips to keep your fitness routine from going stale include; swim at least three times a week for optimal results, improve your technique (good technique slow pace vs. poor technique fast pace), and challenge yourself at least one session a week with drills or exercise equipment specific for swimming. After more than a year of closure due to extended renovations and repairs, Gardner Indoor Pool is now operational! Located at 2191 Kentucky Avenue, near Hooper Bowling Center, and with the water temperature at a balmy 84, it’s the perfect place to continue your fitness plan while we wait out the rainy spring weather. Everything from the heating and ventilation systems, bath house and a fresh coat of paint has made this over 50 year old pool look new! The staff at Gardner is pleased to offer a variety of classes in March. Check out the current schedule at or call (270) 798-6310. Whether you need swim classes, want to learn to lifeguard or are interested in becoming a water safety instructor there is a class to meet your needs. Gardner also offers Unit training classes upon request. Simply download the form from the Fort Campbell MWR website mentioned earlier and fax it to (931) 431-9703 or drop it off at the pool. You can purchase a punch card for $17 that will let you swim ten times with no expiration date, or choose between two passes. $25 will buy you an individual one month pass and $80 will get you a four month pass. What a deal! If you want to host a pool party you can make a reservation for only $10 and pay the remainder by the party date. Times are reserved in two hour blocks and can accommodate 25 to 225 people! Once the weather warms up, you will have two additional pools to choose from for your swimming sessions. Baldanado and Dolan Pools also had renovations and repairs done this last year. A new bath house was added to both locations along with improved filtration systems. Dolan is now more Family friendly with the Splash Pad play area that has been installed. So whether you jump in now or wait for the hot sultry weather, there is no better place to get your aquatic exercise and continued health benefits than your local pools.


Supplements for a Healthier, Sexier You Replace nutrients missing in your diet by Charlene Mazur BEING HEALTHY IS A FINE BALANCE OF PHYSICAL, mental, and social well-being, not merely the lack of disease or illness. Staying healthy can at times feel like a full time job, however you would be amazed at how much better you could feel just by making minor adjustments, such as adding a multivitamin or supplements to your diet. This simple act can help you feel healthier, more focused and even sexier, because let’s not forget, 50% of being sexy is attitude. The majority of my knowledge on supplements comes from years of research. Being diagnosed at age 15 with Hypoglycemia and then later in my 20's being diagnosed with OAS (Oral Allergy Syndrome), I was unable to eat many foods with the nutrients that I needed. I absorbed much knowledge on the subject of nutrition and supplements while working at GNC. I later became a Certified Personal Trainer and soon began to participate in figure competitions. I was coached by well known and highly qualified nutritionists, trainers and subject matter experts within the industry. While I have no certificates I do have wisdom from years of experience. During periods of training and deployment, when Meals, Ready-to-Eat (MRE) are served more often than not, you may not be getting all the vitamins and nutrients you need to be at your best. The right supplements can boost your immune system, help your heart and improve your sex life! However, it can be harmful if the wrong supplements are taken. It’s always best to research and consult your physician before adding supplements to your diet, especially if you are on prescribed medication. Men and women have different needs when it comes to supplements. There is however, one supplement in particular that both should be taking daily regardless of their dietary needs. This is a high quality, broad-spectrum multivitamin and mineral supplement taken once per day. After basic nutritional requirements are supported, supplements may be used to target specific needs and health conditions. Whatever your body doesn’t need it will simply release as waste. Key supplements to enhance your healthy and sexy body are listed below. Majority of the products listed below can be found in your local GNC store (located inside the main PX mall), a variety of other health stores or possibly your supermarket or pharmacy. Be sure to research each product prior to consumption, don’t rely on hearsay and only take the recommended amount. Be sure to start with the basics of a high quality, broad-spectrum multivitamin. Many of the vitamins and minerals listed can be found in a variety of foods. I suggest that you take a look at your diet first to see where improvements can be made and follow up with supplements as needed. Follow these guidelines along with a clean diet and consistent exercise regimen and you will be a healthier, sexier you in no time!

Men B-6: Nutritional fighter against prostate enlargement, cardiovascular and heart disease. The healthier you are the better you’ll feel. Vitamin D: For cardiovascular health. A man always needs to have a good heart. Branched Chain Amino Acids: Improve exercise performance and reduce muscle breakdown, perfect for showing off in the weight room. Glucosamine: For healthy joints (keeps you spry). Zinc: Helps prevent sexual impotence or depressed immune systems which may be responsible for hair loss.

Women Alpha Lipoic Acid, ALA: Supports Antioxidant Regeneration (keeps you young and healthy). Vitamin A: Antioxidant and for preventing Breast Cancer (keeps skin healthy-moderation is key, overuse may be toxic) Lutein: Antioxidant that helps fight blindness and keeps the breast and cervix tissues healthy. Improves skin hydration, elasticity and slows down the aging process-gives you a healthy youthful glow. Vitamin E: Targets free radicals (perfect supplement for beauty), prevents breast lumps, treats canker sores and vaginal dryness.

Both B Vitamins: Encompasses many levels to include more energy (to promote a kindred spirit), metabolism, nerve health and more. Vitamin C: Antioxidant, Healthy Blood, Iron Absorption, prevents Arterial Disease, Bladder Infections and Colds. Calcium: Healthy bones and teeth, improve posture and better smile. Who doesn’t love a sexy smile! Vitamin D: For Calcium Absorption. Omega-3, 6 and/or 9: Lowers risk of heart condition, regulates appetite, accelerates fat burning, make your skin glow and hair shine. Coenzyme Q10: Powerful antioxidant to keep you looking young. Conjugated Linoleic Acid/CLA: Promotes fat loss and the growth of lean muscle tissue. Coconut oil: Provides lauric acid, which converts to the fatty acid monolaurin in the body. Monolaurin has adverse effects on a variety of microorganisms including bacteria, yeast, fungi, and enveloped viruses. Bee Pollen: Scientists suggest bee pollen is a complete food providing proteins, vitamins, minerals and enzymes.


Child, Youth & School Services Child Development Centers (CDC) 1. **24 Hour Care (opening FY-12) 2. Bastogne (270) 412-4485 3. Eagle (270) 412-3303/3304 4. *Gardner Hills 5. Part Day Preschool (270) 412-6767 6. Polk (270) 412-4471 7. Tennessee (270) 412-4477 8. Waters #1 (270) 439-7993 9. Waters #2 (270) 439-7996 10. *CYSS Directorate (270) 798-6539 11. Family Child Care (FCC) (270) 798-4959 12. *Kids on Site (Estep) 11. Parent Central Services (CYSS Central Registration) (270) 798-0674 School Age Services (SAS) Centers (270) 798-4129 14. Billy C. Colwell Center (270) 412-2315 15. *Gardner Hills 16. *Werner Park #1 17. *Werner Park #2 11. School Liaison (270) 798-9874 18. SKIESUnlimited Center (270) 412-5455 Youth Activites 19. Teen Club 24/7 (270) 956-1033 19. Youth Center (Taylor) (270) 798-3643 19. Youth Sports (270) 798-6355 Community Services 20. Army Community Service (ACS) (270) 798-9322 20. Community Service Center (Lee) & ACS Director (270) 798-9322 21. Family Resource Center (FRC) (270) 956-2935 22. Financial Readiness (270) 798-5518 20. Lending Closet (270) 798-6313 23. Soldier & Family Assistance Center (SFAC) (270) 412-6000 24. Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) (270) 798-0277 Armed Services YMCA 25. Backdoor Boutique (270) 956-1566

26. Family Center & Co-op Daycare (270) 798-7422 Dining & Entertainment 19th Hole (Cole Park) (270) 798-1822 Conference & Catering Center (Joe Swing) (270) 798-2175 Community Activities Center (Cole Park) (270) 798-4610 Dawg Haus (270) 798-0766 Southern Buffet (Cole Park) (270) 798-4610 Sportsman’s Lodge (931) 431-4140 Recreation & Leisure Aquatics 32. Baldanado Pool (270) 798-5207 33. Dolan Pool (270) 798-5350 31. Gardner Indoor Pool (270) 798-6310 34. Singles Pool (270) 798-4247 Outdoor Recreation 35. *Arcade & Gaming Center (The Zone) 36. BOSS Program (270) 798-7858 37. Bowling Center (Hooper) (270) 798-5887 27. Golf Club (Cole Park) (270) 798-4906 82. Challenge Course (270) 412-7855 39. Adventure Program (270) 412-7854 40. Archery Range (270) 798-2175 41. Dog Park, North (270) 798-2175 42. Dog Park, South (270) 798-2175 43. Hunting & Fishing (270) 798-2175 83. Paintball (270) 956-3118 38. Parks & Pavilions (270) 798-2175 45. Riding Stables (270) 798-2629 46. RV Park (Eagles Rest) (270) 798-2175 47. RV Park (Flechers Fork) (270) 798-2175 48. Skeet Range (270) 412-4015 49. Small Arms Recreational Range (270) 798-3001 36. Recreation Center (Dale Wayren) (270) 798-7391 Sports & Fitness 50. Estep Wellness Center (270) 798-4664/4023 51. Fryar Stadium, Sports Admin Office (270) 798-3094 27. 28. 27. 29. 27. 30.

Physical Fitness Facilities (PFF) 52. Fratellenico PFF (270) 798-9418 53. Freedom Fighter PFF (270) 798-7355 54. Gertsch PFF (270) 798-2753 55. Lozada PFF (270) 798-4306 56. Olive PFF (270) 798-4101 57. Softball Complex, North (270) 798-3320 58. Softball Complex, South (270) 798-3320 Trades & Services 59. Army Education (270) 798-5886 60. Arts & Crafts Center (Guenette) (270) 798-6693 61. Auto Service Center (Air Assault Auto) (270) 956-1101/1100 62. Auto Skills (North) (270) 798-5612 60. Engraving Etc. Specialty Store (270) 798-0171 63. Equipment Rental (Gear to Go) (270) 798-6806 64. Library (R.F. Sink) (270) 798-5729 65. Veterinary Services (270) 798-3614 Travel & Lodging 66. Army Lodging (Richardson) (931) 431-4496 67. Army Lodging (Turner) (270) 439-2229 68. Leisure Travel Services Office (270) 798-7436 Miscellaneous Services 69. 101st Airborne Division Headquarters (270) 798-9793 70. Blanchfield Army Hospital (270) 798-8055 71. Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (270) 798-7161 72. Commissary (270) 798-3663 73. Division Parade Field 74. Fisher House (270) 798-8330 75. Gate 4 Visitor Center & Vehical Registration (270) 798-5047 76. Gate 7 Visitor Center & Vehical Registration (270) 956-4495 77. In/Out Processing & MWR Public Relations (270) 798-7535 68. Main Post PX (270) 439-1841/1842 78. MWR Director (270) 798-9953 78. MWR Unit Funds & MWR Collections (270) 798-6818 80. Museum (Don F. Pratt) (270) 798-3215/4986 81. Wilson Theater (931) 431-3636 *Coming Soon

BOSS Events March 5

Great Escape Movie Night


First 15 Soldiers to sign up at Dale Wayrynen Community Recreation Center on March 5 at 4:40pm gets to go to the movies for free.

March 12

Dating Game


Single Soldiers will have the opportunity to participate in the Dating Game tradition as a contestant, an interrogator, or the Master of Ceremony. At the end of the game, winning couples will go on a group date, courtesy of BOSS.

March 17

BOSS St Patrick's Day Celebration


The first 30 single Soldiers to sign up will go with BOSS to downtown Clarksville to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Transportation will be provided. Departing Dale Wayrynen Community Recreation Center at 7pm.

March 26-27

BOSS Casino Tunica Trip


Single Soldiers must be 21 years of age to participate. Sign up at Dale Wayrynen Community Recreation Center for $50. First come, first serve by payment. Transportation and lodging will be provided. BOSS events are open to all eligible single Soldiers and geographical bachelors. POC is SPC Pierce, Neicey Davis or Linda Howle at 798-7391/7446/7858

DW Rec Center March 6

Post Wide Dominos Tournament


Domino Tournament that is open to all eligible MWR patrons. The top three finishers will receive trophies.

March 20

Talent Contest

1pm & 2pm

Talent contest where trophies will be awarded to the top two finishers in the following adult categories: vocal, vocal/instrumental (group or soloist), vocal group, vocal duet, dance, instrumental, spoken word, specialty, youth (ages 13-18) and child (ages 6-12). Contestant Meeting at 1pm and contest begins at 2pm.

March 27

Movie and Popcorn


We will be showing a recently released movie (that is suitable for most ages) on our large screen and serving free popcorn. Featured movie will be announced one week before the event.

Adventure Program Calendar March 1

Climbing 101



New climbers can take advantage of Climbing 101 at Freedom Fighters Physical Fitness Center.

March 3 Women in the Wilderness Archery


$9 Age: 18+


$15 Age: 10+

Learn archery basics.

March 5

Short Springs Hike

A moderate 2.9 mile hike passes by clear streams, waterfalls, rich woods and forest ravines.

March 8

Women in the Wilderness Archery


$9 Age: 18+


$25 Age: 18+

Learn archery basics.

March 10

Women in the Wilderness Paintball

Take on Paintball for Beginners with safety and strategies at the paintball field.

March 11-13

Big South Fork Canoe Trip


$65 Age: 12+

Outdoor Recreation provides transportation, food and canoeing gear for the journey. Participants are expected to provide sleeping gear and a tent. Preregistration is required by 4 pm March 10. Pre-trip meeting is 5 pm March 10.

March 14

Mountain Bike Meet Up


$5 Age: 14+

Meet for a trail ride around Outdoor Recreation. It’s free if you bring your own bike. If you don’t have a bike, you can rent one for only $5. All skill levels are welcome, from beginner to advance.

March 15

Women in the Wilderness Paintball


$25 Age: 18+

Take on Paintball for Beginners with safety and strategies at the paintball field.

March 22

Women in the Wilderness Skeet Shooting


$12 Age: 18+

Women in the Wilderness Skeet Shooting will teach safe handling of shotguns and offers target practice.

March 26

Introduction to Sport Climbing


$35 Age: 18+

This full day class will begin at the Challenge Course Complex. After learning and practicing the basics of Sport Climbing, the group will travel to Kings Bluff to put new skills to the test on real rock!

March 27

Chickasaw Trace Mountain Biking


$15 Age: 14+

Get cranking with some of the best mountain biking in Tennessee. Tour 5-7 miles of beginner and intermediate trails at Chickasaw Trace

March 29

Women in the Wilderness Skeet Shooting


$12 Age: 18+

Women in the Wilderness Skeet Shooting will teach safe handling of shotguns and offers target practice.



How Good Life Can Be without breaking the bank by Tere Kangas STRESS IS ONE OF THE MAJOR FACTORS THAT PREVENT many of us from having a full balanced and healthy life. A primary cause of stress for many Americans stems from financial hardship. Beginning in March the Army Community Service Financial Readiness Program will host monthly seminars on how good life can be without breaking the bank! All seminars will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will take place at the Financial Readiness building located at 5662 Screaming Eagle Blvd. • Enjoying Life on a Budget: Do you wish you had places to go and people to meet that do not involve lots of money? No matter what your interests are there are many low to no cost activities available to fill your time. An added bonus; you may qualify for an award and promotion points! Come and find out what, when, where, and how you can get hooked up with these opportunities right here in your own backyard March 29. • Barracks Life on a Budget: Ever wonder where to get great decorating ideas to brighten up your room without going against regulation? Do you know that there is a golden nugget right here on Fort Campbell for all E-5 and below? We will talk about where you can get FREE items! If you are not allowed to paint or hang curtains, not to worry there are still ways to brighten your room. All of this and more on April 26! • Entertaining on a Budget: If you have ever hosted a party you know it can get very expensive. Learn some tips and tricks to make entertaining fun and inexpensive! From e-invites to food; entertaining on a budget can be fun and exciting. join us on May 24. • Romance on a Dime: Date night but you don’t know where to go without dropping $100 or more? This class is for you! We have four communities that we can take advantage of with free to low cost activities that are fun and close to home. Join us on June 28 to learn more about what your local communities have to offer, especially during the summer months!

Barracks Meals on a Budget: Are you a Soldier living in the • barracks or in a very small apartment? Do your food groups consist of order in, take out, or frozen meals? Then do we have classes for you! Many times when we have only a microwave we think there is only one choice: frozen dinners. Your microwaves do far more than reheat pizza. How about making nachos, chicken Alfredo, egg and sausage sandwiches or even fudge for dessert! Come join us and taste great creations from the microwave on July 26. • Repairing Your Credit: We have all made mistakes when it comes to our credit and sooner or later you have to face the reality of credit problems. What are the options to cleaning up my credit? How do I get a free credit report that is REALLY free? Learn the ins and outs of repairing credit August 23. • Annual VA Home Seminar: Our regional loan officers will be coming back to answer ALL your questions about using your VA benefit. Buying, selling, and using VA more than once, even foreclosure questions and approval information. Everything you wanted to know and more right here! So bring your questions and find out great information from the loan experts on September 20. • Christmas on a Budget: How do we have a great Christmas without breaking the bank? All you need is a little creativity. We will also look at the Black Friday event. Are the deals really worth it, especially the electronics! October 27 will be a night of investigations. • Ins and Outs of Buying a Vehicle: Looking at buying a vehicle? Scams are abundant but deals can be too! We will look at buying, financing, refinancing, contracts, warranties, repossessions, divorce and more. Can you actually ride off the lot owing under the Kelly’s Blue Book value? Join us November 15 to look at the ins and outs of vehicle buying.

For more information about upcoming seminars call ACS Financial Readiness program at (270) 798-5518 or stop by Building 5662 Screaming Eagle Blvd.


GET OUT OF THE HOUSE ...and into some new adventures with Outdoor Recreation by Katherine Kolodzie THE SNOW IS GONE AND THE WIND CARRIES THAT delicious hint of warmer weather just around the corner. The calendar is just bursting with events to help you get out and enjoy some fresh air and healthy activities with Family and MWR’s Outdoor Recreation. Start the month off enjoying one of the best hiking destinations in Middle Tennessee. The Short Springs Hike March 5th will take participants ages 10 and up on a moderate 2.9 mile hike. The well-developed trail passes by clear streams, waterfalls, rich woods and forest ravines. The trip lasts from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $15.

If you’re craving a rugged, overnight camping trip, then get ready for the Big South Fork Canoe Trip, March 11th – 13th. Imagine spending two days paddling 19 miles of river cradled between scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs. This stretch of Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area features miles of natural beauty, with just a taste of white water (up to Class II+). The trip departs on Friday, with a 2 ½ hour drive to the put-in. The first day on the river will be a 10 mile canoe to Big Shoals, a primitive backcountry campsite. For only $65 per participant, this incredible deal is sure to get your heart racing! Outdoor Recreation provides transportation, food and canoeing gear for the journey. Participants are expected to provide sleeping gear and a tent. Preregistration is required by 4 p.m. March 10th. Pre-trip meeting is 5 p.m. March 10th. Previous canoe experience is strongly recommended, but not required. This trip is for ages 12 and up. Looking for fun for the entire Family? Family Floats are back with kid-friendly canoe trips starting March 30th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $5. Children ages 2 years and older can join the Family for a relaxing canoe adventure down the Cumberland River. Experienced rock climbers ages 18 and up will build new skills March 26th with Introduction to Sport Climbing. This full day class will begin at the Challenge Course Complex. After learning and practicing the basics of Sport Climbing, the group will travel to Kings Bluff to put new skills to the test on real rock! The program lasts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $35. New climbers can take advantage of Climbing 101 which will be offered March 1st, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Freedom Fighters Physical Fitness Center. Cost is $15. Women in the Wilderness takes aim with archery, paintball and skeet shooting. Learn Archery Basics March 3rd from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

and March 8th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cost is $9. Take on Paintball for Beginners with safety and strategies at the paintball field March 10th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and March 15th from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $25. Women in the Wilderness Skeet Shooting will teach safe handling of shotguns and offers target practice. Classes are March 22nd from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and March 29th 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $12. Women must be 18 years or older to participate in Women in the Wilderness. Mountain bike fans can get together at Mountain Bike Meet Up, March 14th from 3:30 p.m.– 5:30 p.m. Ages 14 and up will meet for a trail ride around Outdoor Recreation. It’s free if you bring your own bike. If you don’t have a bike, you can rent one for only $5. All skill levels are welcome, from beginner to advance.

Later in the month, get cranking with some of the best mountain biking in Tennessee. Tour 5-7 miles of beginner and intermediate trails at Chickasaw Trace March 27th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $15. Ages 14 and up. Most events require registration by 4 p.m. the day prior to the event. Call early to reserve your spot! Be sure to ask what clothing or items you may need to bring, such as bottled water, snacks or lunch. To find out more about these and other adventures, log on to or call 270-798-2175 OR 270-412-7855. Sneak peek: This April, look for the Petty Johns/Rock Town caving and climbing overnight trip


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Loyalty is a Royal Asset by Chaplain (Col) Alvin E. Miller ONE OF THE MOST PRECIOUS and finest jewels in the entire world is loyalty. Loyalty is a rare gem that can only be found on the mountain top of trust and in deep trenches of integrity. Throughout history, many kings, queens, military leaders, political advocates, religious pundits, and even tyrants have sought to kidnap the throne of loyalty; yet, they were unable to capture the awesome splendor and angelic beauty of loyalty, because their motives were laced with pride, greed, and selfish ambitions. Loyalty is a royal asset that is extended to everyone; however, only few are willing to make the commitment and sacrifice to endure the hardship that comes along with such a priceless jewel. When a person is loyal to someone or something, it means he or she will stand for the cause that stimulates loyalty regardless of weather conditions, geographical location, crisis, the crowd in the midst or even death! Loyalty has no hidden agenda; it is true and genuine no matter where it goes. Loyalty is never self-centered and is believed to be the best friend trust will ever have. Loyalty is priceless; you cannot purchase it with silver, gold, diamonds, or fame. Its name can never be tarnished by character flaws because it will prove itself over and over with genuine commitment. Loyalty is more solid than any steel and no earthquake regardless of size can shake it from its foundation. Loyalty is a royal asset because it is the fire that stimulates others to trust and to believe in you. Many people desire to own this most valuable and royal asset, but only a few embrace it. Without Loyalty,

a person becomes like a note without a sound. Loyalty validates a person’s self-worth and reaffirms his or her integrity throughout life . . . it is the consistent wind that blows the clouds in and out on rainy days so the sun can array us with its delightful light. Loyalty is the ‘gatekeeper’ to the other core values: none of them can celebrate as real champions without Loyalty! Loyalty strives to keep peace, but if needs be, it can transform into a professional warrior for the security of a loving people, a grateful nation, and the preservation of freedom that gives hope to generations to come. Loyalty will defend its values with the utmost care and compassion for human life. Loyalty is never slack concerning it promises; it will always deliver its goods to its Families and friends no matter where they are located in the world. Loyalty has no fear of death nor will it brag about its own success. When loyalty opens it mouth to speak, humility is always the main dialect. Although it has the potential to speak various languages, humility is the primary language of loyalty. Humility is a language that is universal and people throughout the world understand it and echo kind words for such wonderful and beautiful expressions kindness. Loyalty thrives on shining the spotlight on others rather than itself. One of the things I admire about loyalty is the fact that loyalty will escort you to your destination and remain long after you have departed the scene. Loyalty will greet you with integrity in the morning and watch over you at night with honesty. Loyalty will embrace you in your youthful years with joy and hope and escort you in your ripened years with peace and prosperity. For who can be more true and faithful than loyalty? This is why ‘Loyalty is a Royal Asset!’

3-11 BOSS Life  

Monthly magazine for the single Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division