USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore recently hosted three active-duty service members and a few of their family members for a hunting retreat at Patriot Point.
The group included one Army officer, one Marine and one Air Force airman.
“We got there the night before and hung out in the Guest House,” said Kyle Barr, USO-Metro mobile operations and programs specialist. Volunteer coordinator Mike Mattingly “made a great dinner. The next day we went ducking hunting and while the ducks weren’t flying like we wanted them to, everybody went home with at least three breasts of duck.”
Patriot Point recently hosted eight active-duty service members for a USO-Metro retreat. Many of the service members were new to the military and National Capital Region, so the opportunity for them to bond was particularly meaningful. The group fished, enjoyed bonfires on beach and roasted marshmallows. Dencil Harrison, the USO-Metro center supervisor at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall said that the group already was talking about getting a chance to return to Patriot Point. “Such a wonderful weekend!” he said.
Recap from Shawn Sabia, USO-Metro Manager, Center Operations
USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore hosted several military families from across the National Capital Region for a fun-filled weekend at Patriot Point. USO-Metro brought 14 families — a total of 54 individuals — from eight different duty stations in the DMV for a family camping trip.
For many of the guests, it was their first time ever camping. They were treated to delicious food, included freshly-caught crabs. The families spent hours on the water enjoying the mild fall temperatures courtesy of On The Edge kayaking and paddle boarding.
The rest of the weekend was full of fun crafts, family activities and a raucous game of Human Foosball, capped with some delicious s’mores.
The families were in awe of the beauty of Patriot Point and its mission of supporting wounded, ill and injured service members. The sounds of laughter and squeals of joy filled the air from kids that were thrilled to run and play with other military kids. Despite having never met before, they instantly felt a kinship in their shared military lifestyle. It is fair to say that the only ones happier than the kids were the parents. Parents overjoyed at how fast their little ones fell asleep after a long day of fun. Thank you to Patriot Point and the Military Bowl for assisting the USO in creating life long memories for these military families.
USO-Metro recently brought five service members to Patriot Point for a fishing excursion. Although the water was choppy, the group was able to utilize the property’s other activities. Property manager Tim Mitchell took some service members to the five-stand for skeet shooting, while other guests relaxed on the beach for a bit. The group was treated to a delicious lunch from Emily’s Produce, and as the waters settled, the group was able to finally catch a few fish off the pier.
USO-Metro hosted two recently medically retired U.S. Army service members for a fishing trip this past weekend at Patriot Point. “They immensely enjoyed the fishing excursion and spending time with Tim. They really had a great time,” said Ashy Palliparambil, USO-Metro senior manager, resiliency programs. Ashy said the service members caught a whopping 72 fish while out on the calm waters surrounding Patriot Point.
USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore hosted a group at Patriot Point this past week that included a pair of recovering service members from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and five members of the USAF Honor Guard stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, who regularly are on duty at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.
The group arrived this past Thursday night and stayed until Saturday, taking part in a goose and duck hunt, but “more importantly, they were able to enjoy the quietness that winter on Patriot Point offers,” said John Falin, USO-Metro’s Director of Center Operations, noting that the opportunity for the service members to leave their respective military installation and get away was much needed.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to get out of the daily rituals and really enjoy some R&R in nature,” Falin said. “The service members that go down to Patriot Point, they love being out in nature, hiking the trails, joking around a bonfire, and enjoying each other’s company. It’s just a way for them to have a mini-vacation without the hassles of city life.”
USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore hosted nine active-duty military families at Patriot Point this past weekend. Heroes of the Water George Washington Chapter helped with the water activities as the group enjoyed kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing, crabbing and more!
The weather was spectacular and water awesome as the group headed out – where they were greeted by a school of dolphins! It was a rare treat in our peaceful waters.
Topping things off, everyone enjoyed some roaring bonfires on the beach!
“Such a wonderful place to visit and unwind,” the Blatt family wrote in our guestbook. “Thank you so very much for all the kindness you show us!”
USO-Metro hosted a retreat at Patriot Point earlier this month, bringing eight soldiers who are attached to the Old Guard Regiment on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.
Upon arriving Friday afternoon, the group toured the 290-acre property then enjoyed a session of skeet shooting followed by a cookout and some evening games of pool and beachside star gazing. On Saturday, some soldiers hiked on the beach and in the woods while others hit the water in kayaks and paddleboards.
The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard visited Patriot Point this past weekend. These men are based out of Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling and are responsible for providing burial services to those laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. At Patriot Point, the guests were blown away with the property, where they especially enjoyed skeet shooting and beach activities. Several guests also enjoyed the 3-D archery course, while others enjoyed relaxing and watching college football. “They, and I, are extremely grateful for what Patriot Point provides and we cannot thank you enough for your efforts.”
Patriot Point is just one of those places that recharges your batteries and reminds you to slow down and connect with the people around you. From soaking in the sun on the two and a half miles of coastline to going on a crabbing adventure with caretaker, Tim, it is clear why military families who visit Patriot Point return home with such great memories and stories to tell. We are so grateful to Patriot Point and Military Bowl for creating this safe haven and opening its doors to USO-Metro and our local military and families.” –A USO-Metro Staff Member after visiting Patriot Point last week.