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Fort Fisher, your affordable vacation

FORT FISHER RECREATION AREA, N.C -- Volunteers from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base nail new siding onto cottages here, April 7, 2010. Before it closed in the late 1980's, Fort Fisher was an Air Force radar complex. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sergeant Courtney Richardson)

FORT FISHER RECREATION AREA, N.C -- Volunteers from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base nail new siding onto cottages here, April 7, 2010. Before it closed in the late 1980's, Fort Fisher was an Air Force radar complex. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sergeant Courtney Richardson)

FORT FISHER RECREATION AREA, N.C -- Master Sgt. Christopher Nash uses a circular power saw to cut siding for cottages here, April 7, 2010. Fort Fisher provides an inexpensive vacation for Department of Defense personnel.  It also serves as an official training center for the North Carolina National Guard during non-summer months. Sergeant Nash, 4th Comptroller Squadron first sergeant at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, is originally from Atlanta. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sergeant Courtney Richardson)

FORT FISHER RECREATION AREA, N.C -- Master Sgt. Christopher Nash uses a circular power saw to cut siding for cottages here, April 7, 2010. Fort Fisher provides an inexpensive vacation for Department of Defense personnel. It also serves as an official training center for the North Carolina National Guard during non-summer months. Sergeant Nash, 4th Comptroller Squadron first sergeant at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, is originally from Atlanta. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sergeant Courtney Richardson)

FORT FISHER RECREATION AREA, N.C -- Senior Airman Marcus Smith measures out a sheet of siding needed for placement under a cottage window here, April 7, 2010. Fort Fisher was a Confederate fort during the American Civil War. Soldiers stationed here protected the vital trading routes of the Wilmington port from 1861 until captured by the Union in 1865. Airman Smith, 4th Civil Engineer Squadron structures technician at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, is from Fayetteville. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sergeant Courtney Richardson)

FORT FISHER RECREATION AREA, N.C -- Senior Airman Marcus Smith measures out a sheet of siding needed for placement under a cottage window here, April 7, 2010. Fort Fisher was a Confederate fort during the American Civil War. Soldiers stationed here protected the vital trading routes of the Wilmington port from 1861 until captured by the Union in 1865. Airman Smith, 4th Civil Engineer Squadron structures technician at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, is from Fayetteville. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sergeant Courtney Richardson)

FORT FISHER RECREATION AREA, N.C. -- 2nd Lt. Ralph Soto uses a crow bar to remove weathered wood from a cottage here, April 7, 2010. Airmen from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base volunteered to help replace the siding of cottages here to save money. Lieutenant Soto, 4th Comptroller Squadron financial services flight officer, hails from Chicago. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sergeant Courtney Richardson)

FORT FISHER RECREATION AREA, N.C. -- 2nd Lt. Ralph Soto uses a crow bar to remove weathered wood from a cottage here, April 7, 2010. Airmen from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base volunteered to help replace the siding of cottages here to save money. Lieutenant Soto, 4th Comptroller Squadron financial services flight officer, hails from Chicago. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sergeant Courtney Richardson)

FORT FISHER RECREATION AREA, N.C. -- Maj. Anthony Smith cuts wood trimmings for a cottage as Capt. Timothy Hade holds it steady here, April 7, 2010. Seymour Johnson Air Force Base owns and operates the Fort Fisher Recreation Area. It is open to all Department of Defense personnel with rates based on the members rank. Major Smith, 4th Comptroller Squadron commander on Seymour Johnson AFB, hails from Vincenza, Italy. Captain Hade, 4th Comptroller Squadron deputy budget officer, is from Franklin Lakes, N.J. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sergeant Courtney Richardson)

FORT FISHER RECREATION AREA, N.C. -- Maj. Anthony Smith cuts wood trimmings for a cottage as Capt. Timothy Hade holds it steady here, April 7, 2010. Seymour Johnson Air Force Base owns and operates the Fort Fisher Recreation Area. It is open to all Department of Defense personnel with rates based on the members rank. Major Smith, 4th Comptroller Squadron commander on Seymour Johnson AFB, hails from Vincenza, Italy. Captain Hade, 4th Comptroller Squadron deputy budget officer, is from Franklin Lakes, N.J. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sergeant Courtney Richardson)

FORT FISHER RECREATION AREA, N.C. -- Lt. Col. Debra Lovette uses a caulking gun to seal the creases of newly installed siding around the window of a cottage here, April 7, 2010. Caulking provides thermal insulation, controls water penetration and reduces noise. Colonel Lovette is the 4th Force Support Squadron commander at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. She hails from Kinston. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sergeant Courtney Richardson)

FORT FISHER RECREATION AREA, N.C. -- Lt. Col. Debra Lovette uses a caulking gun to seal the creases of newly installed siding around the window of a cottage here, April 7, 2010. Caulking provides thermal insulation, controls water penetration and reduces noise. Colonel Lovette is the 4th Force Support Squadron commander at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. She hails from Kinston. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sergeant Courtney Richardson)

FORT FISHER AIR FORCE RECREATION AREA, N.C. -- To avoid expensive contractors, Airmen from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base volunteered their time to help replace siding on cottages here, April 7.

"This was a great Team Seymour effort to care for base assets" said Lt. Col. Debra Lovette, 4th Force Support Squadron commander.

All funds raised by Fort Fisher go back into Seymour Johnson's Morale, Welfare and Recreation program. The MWR provides activities and events for all Airmen and families on the base.

Fort Fisher, located in Wilmington N.C., was a Confederate fort during the American Civil War. Soldiers stationed here protected the vital trading routes to Wilmington port from 1861 until captured by the Union in 1865. The fort later became an Air Force radar complex, until it closed in the late 1980s. Fort Fisher has been declared a national landmark.

Fort Fisher now serves as an inexpensive beach getaway for Department of Defense personnel and as an official training center for the North Carolina National Guard during non-summer months. Fort Fisher also offers a state historic site museum and visitor center.

The fort features the North Carolina Aquarium, and is also used as an undersea archaeology training area.

For more information or reservation information on the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area contact Outdoor Recreation at 722-1104/1103 or visit http://ftfishermilrec.com/.
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