Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England --
Airmen and families at RAF Lakenheath have many options when it comes to off-duty activities, and several can be found at the 48th Force Support Squadron Outdoor Recreation center -- Outdoor Rec for short. Not only does Outdoor Rec provide planned trips, they also rent out equipment for do-it-yourself projects.
"Outdoor Rec is typically the most diverse recreational program found on an Air Force base," said Cindy Workman, 48th Force Support Squadron Outdoor Recreation director.
Whether it's a picnic, a trip to the beach, whitewater rafting or horseback riding, there are endless opportunities to explore and discover the natural beauties of Great Britain.
"Our adventures envelop a wide audience beginning with our youngest family members visiting Thomas the Tank Engine, to whitewater rafting geared more towards adults," said Ms. Workman.
The outdoor adventure programs are just one piece of the pie that Outdoor Rec has to offer. There are also lawn and garden tools, tables and chairs, sports equipment, camping gear and air castles for various occasions.
"Here at Lakenheath, besides rental equipment, park reservations, a developing garden area, adventure programs and a pet-friendly airport shuttle service, we also boast the Pedaler Bike Shop," said Ms. Workman. "The shop features not only a wide variety of new bikes and parts, but we also have the only certified bike technician on staff on a UK base."
Another unique addition to the Outdoor Rec here at Lakenheath is their music store with various instruments and accessories including tuners and guitar cases.
"My daughter plays the piano, and my son and I are going to take up the guitar this summer," said Master Sgt. Stephen Acker, 48th Operations Group Intelligence NCO in-charge of intelligence analysis. "It's nice that my kids are actually interested in learning real instruments instead of just video games and Guitar Hero."
One step in Outdoor Rec is a step closer to new experiences. No matter the age or activity, there is something for everyone.
"Regardless of whom you travel with or what type of adventures you prefer, take advantage of your tour here in the UK," said Ms. Workman. "There's more to England than London and castles. There's so much to see and do and your time will be up before you know it."
For more information, visit the 48th Force Support Squadron website