Family and MWR Guide to Summer 2024

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Summer Guide 2024

Pool Schedule

Paws on Post Pet Kennel

Read, Renew, Repeat: 2024 Summer Reading Program

Embrace the Joy of Running: Join Our Summer Race Series!

Smith Lake Recreation Area: Outdoor Fun for Everyone! Calendar of Events June | July | August | September 15 17 19 21 23 4 th at the Fort: Saturday, June 29 th Fairway Times: Fort Liberty Golf

Preparing Kids for Back-to-School Success

Celebrate in Style at Iron Mike Conference Center New Guidance on Federal Resumes

Family and MWR pools are open this summer! What better way to spend a hot, North Carolina summer day than by the pool? Our pools are currently FREE for all DoD ID Cardholders (fee for non-cardholders)! For the most current information on pool hours please visit our website.

Atchley Outdoor Pool features six 25 yard and six 25 meter lanes and is open through September 30th.

Unit Level Training (open to Active Duty only – reservation required)

Monday – Friday: 7 – 11 am

PT Lap Swim (open to Active Duty only – 100% ID Card check)

Monday – Friday: 5:30 – 7 am

Saturday: 8 am – 1 pm

Lap Swim (open to DoD ID Cardholders – 100% ID Card check)

Monday – Friday: 11 am – 7 pm

Normandy Outdoor Pool features a diving board and will be open in June through September 2nd.

Recreational Swim (open to DoD ID Cardholders – 100% ID Card check)

Monday – Saturday: 11 am – 6 pm

Sunday: 1 – 6 pm

Twin Lions Outdoor Pool features six 50 meter lanes, two diving boards, a splash pad, and is open through August 25th for programming only (limited recreational swim).

Lap/Master Swim (open to DoD ID Cardholders – 100% ID Card check)

Monday – Thursday: 6 – 8 am | 11 am – 12:30 pm

Group Lessons (reservation required)

Monday – Friday: 9:30 am – 1 pm

Splash Pad (open to DoD ID Cardholders – 100% ID Card check)

Monday & Tuesday: 8:30 am – 1 pm

Wednesday – Friday: 8:30 am – 6 pm

Swim Team (reservation required)

Monday – Friday: 9:30 – 10:30 am

Tolson Indoor Pool features zero depth entry and four 25 meter lanes. View our front desk summer hours below.

Summer Hours (open to DoD ID Cardholders – 100% ID Card check)

Monday – Friday: 9 am – 4 pm

Attention all Fort Liberty Paw-rents! Something awesome is on its way that is bound to make tails wag with excitement! Coming soon to Fort Liberty will be our very own Paws on Post Pet Kennel! Paws on Post is gearing up to be your go-to destination for all things pet pampering. Whether you are headed out of town for a few days or just need a place for your furry friend to socialize and play, we’ve got you covered!

Our facility will offer a wide range of add-on services to cater to your pet’s every need. From extra walks to some one-on-one playtime, your pet will be treated like royalty from the moment they walk through our doors. And let’s not forget about bath time, because who doesn’t love a squeaky-clean pet? For those pups with a nose for adventure, we will be offering the option for scent work activities to keep their minds sharp and their tails wagging. For those fur babies that need some extra love, YES, extra love and cuddles can be added as well.

We are not open just yet but let’s talk getting ready. We want to make sure that every pet that walks through our doors is happy, healthy, and safe. That’s why we require all furry guests to be up to date on their vaccinations and any testing needed, as well as registered with the on post veterinary clinic. We also have a few breed restrictions (as highlighted in reg 40-5) in place, just to ensure everyone gets along just great. Finally, our younger furry clientele must be at least four months old to join in on the fun. Don’t forget to pick up and drop off your pets on time so that our staff have plenty of time to prepare for incoming guests and to reduce traffic in the facility.

Mark your calendars and get ready to unleash the fun with Fort Liberty’s Paws on Post Pet Kennel. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome your furry companions into our Family. Keep an eye out in June on our website ( and social media (@fortlibertymwr) for updates and get ready for a tail-wagging good time.


Calling all adventure seeking bookworms at Fort Liberty! Get ready to dive into a summer of excitement with Throckmorton Library and the Army Family & MWR Library 2024 Summer Reading Program. Imagine unlocking prizes just by reaching your reading goals! Not only that, but the Summer Reading Program combines reading incentives with awesome themed days at the library to encourage readers of all ages to reach their target. This year’s theme of “Read, Renew, Repeat” will bring a summer filled with adventure, learning, and plenty of entertainment for everyone.


@ 11 am: Liberty’s 1st Birthday Party: Put on your patriotic clothes and come on out to enjoy music and dancing as we kick off the summer reading program with our special guest, Lady Liberty!

June 12th @ 10 am: Carvers Creek – Sssnakes!: Come meet the live snakes from Carver’s Creek State Park! Naturalists will help us learn about their habitat, lives, and how snakes benefit the environment.

June 18th @ 11 am: Queen Anne’s Revenge: Ahoy, mateys! Join your fellow pirates and meet underwater archaeologists and researchers form the pirate ship, the Queen Anne’s revenge!

June 26th @ 10 am: Bee Amazing, Beekeepers!: Buzz on over to the library to meet local beekeepers as they help us explore inside the hive, meeting the queen bee, and learn about pollination.

Carolina’s kindie-rock, family-friendly musical group, Big, Bang, Boom! Enjoy the power pop music presentation that is just right for the whole family.

July 15th @ 11 am: Musical Petting Zoo: Join us for the Musical Petting Zoo! Professional musicians with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra will play for us and provide an opportunity to see how the instruments work and make some beautiful music together!

July 17th @ 11 am: Hula Hoop Jam: Witness mesmerizing hula hoopers spin, twirl, and flow with grace. Stick around to learn some tips and tricks from the pros and join them for a hula hoop jam!

July 24th @ 11 am: Pepito and the Trash Cans: Join us for this musical story time about a boy in Bolivia who must overcome obstacles to fulfill his dreams of starting a band with his siblings!

July 31st @ 11 am: Juggling and Unicycle Show: Enjoy the Imagine Circus performers as they ride on unicycles, perform stunts and awesome tricks! Stick around for a classic juggling street show that includes juggling, club juggling and balancing.

In addition to our exciting free events and reading great books, you can win prizes for reaching you reading goals. Sign up on to track and log your reading. The Summer Reading Program starts June 1st and ends on July 31st. We’ll see you there!

Embrace the Joy of Running Join Our Summer Race Series!

Running isn’t just a hobby – it’s a lifestyle. It’s that exhilarating feeling of wind in your face, the rhythmic beat of your feet on the pavement, and the pure, unadulterated joy of pushing your body to new limits. If you’re ready to take your love for running to the next level and join a community of passionate runners, then look no further than our Summer Race Series. Get ready for an unforgettable experience with three exciting events: Donut Dash, Rock The Run, and Super Hero 5K.

Donut Dash - June


Donut Dash is not your average race. It is a deliciously fun twist on the traditional run. Picture this: you’re racing through the course, your heart pumping with adrenaline, when suddenly, you’re faced with a challenge – a pit stop to devour mouthwatering donuts. It’s a test of speed, stamina, and stomach capacity as you balance the urge to indulge with the desire to finish strong. And fear not, more donuts await you at the finish line!

Rock The Run - July 20th

Prepare to be amazed by Rock The Run where music meets movement for a one-of-a-kind running experience. Come dressed as your favorite band member or rock your favorite band tee! Whether you’re a music aficionado or just looking for a unique running adventure, Rock The Run promises to get your heart racing and your feet tapping to the beat.

Super Hero 5K - August 17th

Channel your inner superhero at the Super Hero 5K, our grand finale event. Don your favorite superhero or villain costume and zoom through the 5K alongside fellow super hero enthusiasts. It’s a chance to unleash your inner hero and show off your super speed and strength.

What sets our Summer Race Series apart is the sense of community it creates. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a newbie, our races are open to all ages and fitness levels. It’s not about being the fastest; it’s about embracing the journey, pushing yourself to new heights, and making lasting memories along the way.

As you lace up your running shoes and prepare to join us for our Summer Race Series, remember that running is about more than just crossing the finish line. It’s about the friendships you forge, the challenges you conquer, and the sheer joy of pushing your body to its limits. So, come join us for an unforgettable summer of races, fun, and camaraderie. We’ll see you at the starting line!

Sign up today for these fun unique 5Ks! All registered runners will receive a custom event shirt, bib, swag bag, and medal! Register online at Not registered? No worries! You can still join us for these fun runs.

Smith Lake Recreation Area Outdoor Fun for Everyone!

Calling all nature enthusiasts and anyone who loves the great outdoors! Fort Liberty is gearing up for a fun-filled season of outdoor excitement, and you’re invited to join in on the fun. Whether you prefer to stay dry on land or enjoy the water during the summer, we have got something for you. From spine tingling encounters with snakes, or the soothing pastime of papermaking, our lineup of events is sure to keep you busy this summer.

• June 9th @ 11 am: Papermaking: Ever wonder how paper is made? We will show you how! Join us for some papermaking fun and take home some made-by-you paper!

• July 13th @ 11am: Snakes: Feelings of fear and fascination collide as we learn all about snakes. Come take this opportunity to learn all about snakes, how to identify them, where you can find them, and even get the chance to meet and touch a REAL snake!

• August 11th @ 11am: Raptors: Owls, hawks, falcons, and vultures. These common raptors or birds of prey can be seen in North Carolina. Come out and learn more about these beautiful birds.

• September 14th @ 11am: Bears: Come learn all about black bears! This curious creature is found in the mountain and coastal regions of our state. During this program, we will play some games and learn some safety tips about what to do if we encounter a bear.

• October 12th @ 11am: Campfire Fun: Learn the basics of building, starting, and safety around a campfire! Once we have it going, we will share some stories and roast some s’mores.

The fun doesn’t stop there! In addition to our exciting outdoor education program, Smith Lake Beach will be open all season long (May 24th – September 2nd). Water activities will include swimming, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, pedal boats, and water park obstacle course. Admission through the season will be $5 (for kids under 48” tall) and $10 (for everyone 48” and taller).

Admission includes swimming access, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and pedal boats. Our best admission price is only $25 includes everything in General Admission and the Aqua Park!

Grab your friends and Family and get ready for a summer of adventure at Fort Liberty! Visit our website for more information on these and other upcoming summer events.


Strategies to Mitigate Anxiety from Loud Noises Such as Explosions or Low-flying Aircraft

• Create a Safe Space: Designate a quiet room or area where your pet can retreat Sound-proofing this space with heavy curtains or blankets over windows can help muffle loud sounds.

• Use Background Noise: Soft music or white noise can mask the jarring sounds of explosions or loud music, providing a soothing backdrop for your pet.

• Desensitization Techniques: Gradually expose your pet to recorded sounds of fireworks or loud events at low volumes, increasing their tolerance over time. Always associate these sessions with positive reinforcement, like treats or affection.

• Anxiety-Reducing Apparel: Consider dressing your pet in a weighted vest or calming coat. These garments apply gentle pressure, similar to a comforting hug, which can significantly reduce anxiety.

• Talk with Us: For pets with severe anxiety, consulting with us at Cliffdale Animal Hospital about natural supplements or prescription medications can be a crucial step. Our team can offer tailored advice and treatments to help your pet cope with the stress of loud noises.


In the warm, humid climate of our area, the risk of heartworm, fleas, and ticks is heightened, making preventative treatments essential. This region’s conditions foster a breeding ground for mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks, increasing the likelihood of pets contracting heartworm disease or suffering from flea and tick infestations. Regular preventative care not only protects pets from potentially fatal diseases like heartworm and Lyme disease but also safeguards your family from related health risks and the inconvenience of home infestations. Investing in such care is a key aspect of responsible pet ownership, ensuring a healthier, happier life for pets and peace of mind for their families.


Are you ready to unleash your inner patriot and let freedom ring?! Hold on to your sparkler’s folks, because this year’s 4th at the Fort on Fort Liberty will be one for the memory books. Picture this: a sun-soaked day, the smell of delicious food, and three amazing artists bringing down the house with their amazing tunes! That’s right, we’ve got not one, not two, but THREE musical artists from THREE different genres! It’s going to be the party of the year and it’s happening at the Main Post Parade Field on June 29th!

First on our lineup, we’ve got the dynamic duo Maddie & Tae ready to serenade you with their infectious country melodies. Hailing from Texas and Oklahoma, Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye burst onto the scene with their chart-topping hits like “Girl

in a Country Song” and “Die from a Broken Heart.” With their sweet harmonies and down-home charm, Maddie & Tae are sure to have you kicking up your boots and dancing the night away!

Next on deck, we have the pop-rock sensations Plain White T’s bringing their catchy tunes and irresistible jams to the party! With their mega hit “Hey There Delilah” still ringing in our ears, this Chicago based band knows how to deliver the goods. From heartfelt ballads to upbeat anthems, Plain White T’s have a little something for everyone. They are guaranteed to have you singing along at the top of your lungs.

Last but not least, we’ve got the one and only Flo Rida ready to bring the heat with his electrifying blend of hip-hop and dance music. With smash hits like “Low”, “Whistle”, and “My House,” this Florida native knows how to get the party started and keep it going all night long. Get ready to show off your best dance moves because when Flo Rida hits the stage, it’s going to be non-stop energy from start to finish!

In addition to our incredible musical lineup, we have a host of other things to do to keep you and the entire Family entertained throughout the day. The 82nd Rock Band will kick off the day of performances with their awesome rock melodies. The Golden Knights will be making a stylish entrance with an exhilarating aerial performance, followed by a stirring Flag Ceremony. There will be a great selection of food and beverage vendors for you to keep your hunger and thirst away. Make sure to bounce on over to Kiddieland where the little’s can enjoy our amazing bounce houses. And of course, no 4th of July celebration is complete without a jaw dropping FIREWORKS show to light up the night sky in dazzling displays of red, white and blue.

Save the date! June 29th – Gates open at 3 pm.

Fairway Times

Fort Liberty Golf

Get ready to soak up the sun and have a tee-rific time this summer at Stryker and Ryder Golf Courses! As the temperature rises, so does the excitement on the greens. Join us for a season packed with thrilling events, exciting tournaments, and plenty of opportunities to perfect your game!

Get Golf Ready

Wanting to pick up a new and exciting hobby this summer? Look no further! Sign up for Get Golf Ready classes at Stryker Golf Course. Classes take place monthly through September for only $125. Led by PGA professionals, these sessions are your ticket to mastering the basics of the game while soaking in the scenic beauty of the course. At the end of your lesson, your newly found skills will be put into action in real time in a fun and friendly setting. The best part? No need to worry about equipment, we have you covered!

Wedges and Wine Ladies Golf Clinic

Ladies, grab your friends and head on over to Stryker Golf Course for the Wedges and Wine Ladies Golf Clinic! Gain some new golf skills in a fun way while sipping on some grape goodness! The $30 lesson includes 1 hour of instruction on the basics of golfing, as well as two glasses of wine (Must be 21 and over). Wedges and Wine is held the 3rd Wednesday of every month through September and is limited to the first 12 registrants each month.

Golf Fitting Events

Get ready to try the latest and greatest in golf at our Golf Fitting Events happening at Stryker or Ryder Golf Course. These fittings include top notch brands! We’ve got certified professional fitters on hand to ensure you find the perfect fit for your swing. Plus, with state-of-the-art launch monitors, you’ll get all the data you need to crush those drives like never before. Register now for only $25, which will go towards an order if placed.

Scrambles and Tournaments

Mark your calendars for the CG Payday Golf Scrambles happening every 1st Friday each month through October at Stryker or Ryder Golf Course. Price for the Scrambles ($50/ person or $200/team) includes green fee, cart fee, range balls, meal and prizes. Throughout the summer Stryker and Ryder Golf Courses host various tournaments for you to put your game to the test. For information on all golf happenings visit our website, or call Stryker at 910-396-3980 or Ryder at 910-907-4653.

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Preparing Kids for Back-to-School Success

As the lazy days of summer start to wind down, it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming school year. For military families, the transition back to school can be even more challenging, but with some preparation and planning, you can set your kids up for a successful start. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help your kids prepare for the new school year:

Set a Routine

Start transitioning your kids back to a school routine a few weeks before the school year starts. Establish regular bedtimes and wake-up times to ensure they get enough rest for the school day. Encourage them to practice getting ready for school.

Review and Refresh

Summer break can lead to a loss of academic skills known as the “summer slide.” Help your kids prevent this by incorporating some educational activities into their summer routine. Encourage them to read books, work on math problems, or explore educational apps.

Get Organized

Create a designated study area in your home with all the necessary supplies. Consider setting up a planner to keep track of assignments, projects, and important dates. Teach your kids how to use organizational tools to stay on top of their schoolwork.

Set Goals

Encourage your kids to set academic and personal goals for the new school year. Whether it’s improving their grades, making new friends, or trying out for a sports team, setting goals can help motivate them to stay focused and engaged.

Plan for Extracurricular Activities

Discuss extracurricular activities with your kids and help them choose ones that align with their interests and goals. Whether it’s joining a sports team, participating in a club, or taking music lessons, extracurricular activities can enrich their school experience and help them develop new skills and interests.

Preparing for the new school year can be an exciting time for both parents and kids. Remember to stay positive and supportive throughout the transition back to school. Acknowledge any anxiety or concerns your kids may have and reassure them that it’s normal to feel nervous about the new school year.

Join us for Back to School Bowling at Dragon Lanes on August 10th!

Celebrate in Style at Iron Mike Conference Center

Looking for the perfect venue to host your next celebration? Look no further than Iron Mike Conference Center, located on Fort Liberty. Whether you’re planning a birthday bash, a dream wedding, a unit event, a holiday party, or a corporate conference, Iron Mike Conference Center is the ultimate host for all your festivities.

A Space for Every Occasion

At Iron Mike Conference Center, you’ll find a variety of event spaces to suit your needs. From elegant ballrooms to spacious meeting rooms and charming outdoor patios, there’s a space for every occasion. Whether you’re hosting an intimate gathering or a grand celebration, Iron Mike Conference Center’s flexible layout can be customized to fit your event style and size.

State-of-the-Art Boardrooms

In addition to its versatile event spaces, Iron Mike Conference Center also offers state-of-the-art boardrooms equipped with the latest audio-visual and computerized services. Whether you’re hosting a corporate meeting, a training session, or a conference, Iron Mike Conference Center’s boardrooms provide the perfect setting for productive and engaging gatherings.

Delicious Dining Options

Food is a key ingredient for any successful celebration. Iron Mike Conference Center delivers with a variety of catering options. Whether you prefer a formal sit-down dinner, a casual buffet, or a lively cocktail reception, the catering team can create a menu that will delight your guests and leave them wanting more.

Conveniently Located for All

Situated on one of the largest Army garrisons, Iron Mike Conference Center is open to all civilians and military-affiliated members. Its convenient location and ample parking make it easy for guests to travel from near and far to join in the celebration.

Book Your Event Today

Ready to plan your unforgettable celebration at Iron Mike Conference Center? Contact us today to book your event and start planning an occasion to remember. Reserve your date now by stopping by or calling 910-907-2582.

New Guidance on Federal Resumes

Federal employment is a popular option for job seekers. Army Community Service Employment Readiness Program specialists help clients interested in federal employment navigate the job search process efficiently. Specialists help clients create their account, understand hiring eligibilities, tailor resumes, apply for positions, prepare for interviews, and even find the proper attire to wear during the interview or job fair.

“You can walk into our office any day at any time, and we are probably talking about a federal resume,” says Debbie Slaughter, ERP Specialist. “We offer a federal resume workshop and help craft individual resumes during scheduled appointments. It’s a popular service.”

A large part of federal resume counseling is combating resume myths. Federal resumes are more detailed and require more information than private sector resumes. Previously, there were no guidelines on how many pages the federal resume should be.

“Most applicants know a private sector resume needs to be less than two pages in length, but the federal resume has typically had no limits, until recently,” said Carolina Echeverri, ERP Specialist. “Now we suggest no more than five pages.”

Many job vacancies on now include a statement advising that the uploaded resume should have five pages or less. As a result, job seekers need to make their qualifications and achievements more concise and relevant. This limit is currently a pilot program for many federal agencies.

An effective resume should cover the most recent ten years of experience. A candidate should always emphasize expertise relevant to the vacant position, removing anything that does not directly support qualification requirements.

For more information, please visit the ACS Employment Readiness Program on the 3rd Floor of the Soldier Support Center or call 910-396-2390 or 910-396-1425.

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