Ask the commander – March 3, 2016

Col. Mary Martin, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden commander

Col. Mary Martin, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden commander

First, thank you for your attendance at the Community Forum on Feb. 22. The garrison Public Affairs team and other garrison and host nation assets came together to ensure we could best address your safety and security concerns in an expeditious manner to provide you the best, fact-based feedback. I hope you found the forum useful and know that we are putting additional plans in place to ensure you feel just as safe as you are in U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden: “Our Home in Germany.”

We are planning the follow up to the Feb. 22 Community Forum for the third week of March — we’ll advise the exact date and location as soon as we lock it in. Please see the articles in this edition of the Herald Union for answers and additional information. Thank you for being the best part of our community!

Editor’s note: Have something you’d like to share with the commander, or a question you’d like answered? Send an ICE comment or contact the Commander’s Hotline (click the Feedback link on the garrison home page) If you have a suggestion instead of a question, you can also visit the suggestions link on the ICE website.

MWR question

Anonymous said: I see a conflict of interest here with your fitness staff members teaching class and personal training sessions and you all are also charging for that service. MWR is a nonprofit, is it not, and I see a 100 percent profit being made with this system? I should be able to receive instruction from your paid staff members for no cost, is that not what you are paying them for? There appears to be a conflict of interest here.

Response: Outside of Army Community Services, Family and MWR is a Non-Appropriated Funded (NAF) organization, not an appropriated funded organization, as most garrison functions are.

You are correct Family and MWR is a non-profit organization; however, many NAF operations are only partially funded by the Army and therefore, like most non-profit organizations, we must generate income to make up funding shortfalls. For example, the labor to operate the Functional Fitness Annex is not funded.

We make up some of this shortfall in funding by providing some of our services as “pay as you go” services. That is why we charge for personal fitness trainers, massages and aerobics classes, as well as run the smoothie bar in the Physical Fitness center.

Funds generated from these services and activities pay for some of the labor and expense associated with the Functional fitness Annex.

This allows us to provide valuable programming to you and the rest of the community, whereby we otherwise would not be able to do.