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Col. Michael Greenberg, Garrison Commander, center, joins in a group dance with CYS staffers during Org Day along the Potomac Basin, June 21. Games, lunch, and prizes were all a part of congratulating the CYS staffers for a successful year.

Directorates and staffers get time to relax, celebrate hard work and build camaraderie

Garrison directorates and staffers took time Friday to get out of the office, under relaxed circumstances, to enjoy some great food and good company along the Potomac River at the Garrison Organization Day 2019. The event was to show everyone in the garrison appreciation for their commitment and hard work, which is essential to the garrison’s daily operation, according to Col. Michael Greenberg, garrison commander.

“Whether you work with young children, serve us food, help us work out, or get us the IDs we need, thank you to each and every one of you for your part in the greater community known as Fort Belvoir,” Greenberg said.

Given the wide distribution of the garrison members, reaching 90 miles south of Fort Belvoir to Rivanna Station in Charlottesville, Va., it was also an opportunity for many team members to mingle with co-workers for the first time.

Org Day started Friday morning with a lip-synch challenge in Wallace Theater and a flash mob, then moved to the basin for collaborative games such as tug of war, 3-legged race, balloon toss and cornhole.

MWR gave out raffle prizes, including a 51-inch TV, while civilians, Soldiers and family enjoyed the afternoon’s fun, games and food. The activities were supposed to include kayaking and canoeing, but high winds blowing through the area made the Potomac waters too choppy for safe boating.

A large garrison team with much to celebrate at Org Day was Child and Youth Services. Two years ago, one Child Development Center and 12 classrooms at the other four CDC facilities were closed, according to Janet Evans, CYS Chief. All of that is now opened, along with restoring more than 175 staff positions, bringing CYS staffing up to its full staffing allotment of 513. So the CYS team, spread out across Fort Belvoir and down to Rivanna Station, gathered Friday at Org Day to relax and celebrate the accomplishment.

and celebrate the accomplishment. “Everybody’s worked so hard over the last year, and this is why today is really important, to give them this day of fun and thank them for all their hard work,” Evans said.

“CYS caregivers have a tough job, so we wanted to do something fun for a change,” Bryant said. “Everybody had that buy-in and they needed it.”