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Noise advisory issued for February 6
Noise advisory for Feb. 6
Naval air station issues noise advisory for Jan. 21, 2016
Naval air station issues noise advisory for Sept. 21-25
Notice of Availability for the final EA and FONSI addressing the implementation of an EUL at NAS Pax
NAS Pax to hold 9/11 Memorial
NAS Pax River kicks off Suicide Prevention Awareness Month with sunrise event
Public comment on the Non-Time-Critical Removal Action (NTCRA) at ER Program Site 55, Former Hazardous Waste Storage Hut
Public comment period opens for Proposed remedial action plan at ER Site 2
NAS to conduct periodic night tests throughout May
NAS conducts night tests April 27, 28 and 30
NAS issues noise advisory for April 27
MEDIA ADVISORY: Air Station holds annual Earth Day Run/Walk in support of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
NAS issues noise advisory for April 20-24
NAS issues noise advisory for April 13-17
Noise advisory issued for April 10
Noise advisory issued for April 9
Noise advisory issued for April 7
Evening noise advisory issued for April 6-10, 2015
NAS Patuxent River issues noise advisory for April 2, 2015
NAS Patuxent River issues noise advisory for April 1, 2015
NAS Patuxent River issues noise advisory for communities near Vienna and Deal Island
VX-1 changes command Thursday
US Naval Test Pilot School celebrates 70 years
Air station to participate annual Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield training
Air station to participate in annual Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield training
Noise advisory issued for April 25 - 29
Pax weapons policy to remain in place until otherwise noted
Noise Advisory - NAS PAX RIVER sets noise advisory for Jan. 17
Noise Advisory - Low-Level Testing Events Jan. 18/19, 2017
NAS Pax River Holds Emergency Response Exercise
Naval Air Station sounds all clear following suspicious package response
Noise Advisory – Low-Level Aircraft Testing at Webster Outlying Field
Noise Advisory – Low-Level Aircraft Testing at Webster Outlying Field
NAS PAX RIVER sets noise advisory for March 27 – April 14, 2017
Noise Advisory - Low-Level Aircraft Testing at Webster Outlying Field
NAS PAX RIVER sets noise advisory for April 5 – 15, 2017
Noise Advisory - Low-Level Aircraft Testing at Webster Outlying Field
Noise Advisory - NAS PAX RIVER sets noise advisory for April 5
NAS Patuxent River Named Tree City by Arbor Day Foundation, Celebrates with Tree Planting
From 500-feet Below the Surface to 10,000-feet Above - Pax River SAR Pilot Recounts Submarine Service
Noise Advisory - NAS PAX RIVER sets noise advisory for April 27-28
NAS PAX RIVER sets noise advisory for May 11 – 19, 2017
Noise Advisory - NAS PAX RIVER sets noise advisory for May 8 - 10
Noise Advisory - NAS PAX RIVER sets noise advisory for May 15 - 19
Noise Advisory - Low-Level Aircraft Testing at Webster Outlying Field May 16 - 18
Noise Advisory - NAS PAX RIVER sets noise advisory for May 22 - 26
Noise Advisory - NAS PAX RIVER sets noise advisory for May 23 - 25, 30
Noise Advisory - Low-Level Aircraft Testing at Webster Outlying Field
Safe HelpRoom Provides Support for men Who Have Experienced Unwanted Sexual Contact
Noise Advisory - NAS PAX RIVER sets noise advisory for May 30 – June 2
Noise Advisory - Low-Level Aircraft Testing at Webster Outlying Field
Brown named CNIC Air Traffic Controller of Year
The Department of The Navy Invites Public Comment on the Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis For Site UXO –001 Historic Munitions Disposal Area Under the Environmental Restoration Program Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland
Noise Advisory – Supersonic Flight Test in Vicinity of Pax River June 22
Noise Advisory - NAS PAX RIVER Sets Noise Advisory for August 21 - 25
Noise Advisory - NAS PAX RIVER Sets Noise Advisory for Aug. 28 – Sept. 1
Hammond Assumes Command of NAS Patuxent River
NAS PAX RIVER Sets Noise Advisory for Night Flights Sept. 21 – Sept. 29
Noise Advisory – NAS PAX RIVER Sets Noise Advisory for Sept. 26, 2017
NAS PAX RIVER Sets Noise Advisory for Night Flights Oct. 2 – Oct. 6
Noise Advisory - NAS PAX RIVER Sets Noise Advisory for Oct. 10 - 13
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Noise Advisory - NAS PAX RIVER Sets Noise Advisory for Jan. 11
Noise Advisory - NAS PAX RIVER Sets Noise Advisory for Jan. 13-15
Noise Advisory - NAS PAX RIVER Sets Noise Advisory for Jan. 17-18
Noise Advisory - NAS PAX RIVER sets noise advisory for Jan. 22 - 26
Noise Advisory - NAS PAX RIVER sets noise advisory for Jan. 23 – 24
NAS PAX RIVER Sets Noise Advisory for Night Flights Jan. 30-31
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Changes to MWR facilities' hours, prices will ensure ongoing quality of services
NOISE ADVISORY - NAS PAX RIVER sets noise advisory for March 12 – 21, 2018
NAS PAX RIVER Sets Noise Advisory for Night Flights March 19, 20
NAS Patuxent River Open with Staggered Departure due to Weather March 21, 2018
NAS Pax River, Webster and NRC Solomons will operate under a 2 hour Delayed Arrival/Unscheduled Leave/Telework Status on March 22, 2018
NAS PAX RIVER Sets Noise Advisory for April 2 – April 3
Noise Advisory – Supersonic Flights in Atlantic Test Track April 23-April 27
NAS Patuxent River to host 2018 Pax River Air Expo June 2, 3
Noise Advisory – Supersonic Flights in Atlantic Test Track May 3 - 11
NAS Pax River Sets Noise Advisory for Day, Night Flights Beginning July 9 Through Mid-August
Noise Advisory - NAS Pax River Changes Flight Patterns due to Runway Repairs, Local Communities May Notice Increased Noise Levels
Noise Advisory - NAS PAX RIVER Sets Night Time Noise Advisory for July 12-13, July 17-20
Noise Advisory – Pax River Sets Noise Advisory for Night Flight Testing Aug. 28-30
NAS Pax River, U.S. Coast Guard Respond to Leakage from Partially Submerged Civilian Craft in Patuxent River
NAS Pax River Sets Noise Advisory for Day, Night Flights through Sept. 22
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NAS Patuxent River Operating under 2-Hour Delayed Arrival/Unscheduled Leave/Telework Status due to Weather December 10
NAS Patuxent River Operating under Restricted to Mission Essential Personnel/Telework Status due to Weather January 13, 2019
UPDATE: NAS Patuxent River Operating under Restricted Access/Telework Status due to Weather January 13, 2019
UPDATE: NAS Patuxent River Remains in Restricted Access/Telework Status due to Weather for Remainder of January 13, 2019
NAS Patuxent River Operating under Restricted Access/Telework Status due to Weather Monday, January 14, 2019
NAS Patuxent River is Open for Business Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Noise Advisory – Pax River Sets Noise Advisory for FCLPs January 24-February 1
NAS Patuxent River to Participate in Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2019 Exercise February 4 - 15
Noise Advisory – Pax River Sets Noise Advisory for FCLPs February 14 - 15, 2019
NAS PAX RIVER Sets Noise Advisory for The Woods Community of West Virginia March 25 – April 10, 2019
NAS PAX RIVER Sets Noise Advisory for Webster Field April 5-8, 2019
NAS PAX RIVER Sets Noise Advisory for Webster Field March 25-28, 2019
Noise Advisory – Pax River Sets Noise Advisory for FCLPs March 26-29, 2019
Noise Advisory – Pax River Sets Noise Advisory for April 22 to May 17, 2019
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Pax River Seeking Public Comment on Environmental Restoration Program’s Community Involvement Plan through Survey
Noise Advisory – Pax River Sets Noise Advisory for FCLPs February 25 to March 8, March 15 to March 22

Changes to MWR facilities' hours, prices will ensure ongoing quality of services

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Miriam Gillingham hands a customer his receipt at the River’s Edge Catering Conference Center at NAS Patuxent River. Changes to hours, services and pricing will go into effect for some MWR activities on or after April 1, 2018.

03/09/18

By Donna Cipolloni, NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs

Customers using various Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) facilities aboard NAS Patuxent River and NRC Solomons will experience some necessary changes in order to assure ongoing quality of services continue for years to come. Customers will likely see some reduction in hours and/or an increase in prices for a number of MWR activities — a result of financial restrictions that impact services at region and installation levels. 

“Throughout the Navy enterprise, we’re struggling for fiscal support and that includes the MWR program around the world, not just here at Pax,” explained Jeff Sias, N9 director for Pax River. “We don’t have the money we used to have even just a few years ago. This is about having to stay up with inflationary costs incrementally and doing it smartly; it’s not to make a profit. 

MWR operations fall into one of three categories: Category A “mission essential,” such as the Drill Hall fitness center, is primarily funded by tax dollars (appropriated funding); Category B “nice to have,” such as the bowling center, is a mix of appropriated funding and monies generated by the center through customer participation fees; and Category C “self-sustaining,” such as the River’s Edge Catering and Conference Center, is ineligible for any type of support and funding comes only from revenue generated by the facility via the prices paid for its goods and services.  

None of MWR’s operations are allowed to make a true profit and operate under the business rules to break-even or not lose money. 

“We are expected to operate our Category C activities like a true business would outside the gate, but where we differ is that we’re not required to generate the large profit margins of a civilian company,” said Doug Arnett, MWR director. “In this category, we have to maintain revenues at least 5 percent above break-even margin, which is very small, to put back into programming and activities. When we change our prices or adjust our services, it may be perceived by the customer that we’re trying to make more, but in most cases, we’re just trying to generate enough to pay for what we do.” 

Increased fees are not the only solution. MWR looked carefully at all of its operations and asked its managers to identify areas where they could find financial and performance improvement; and facilities utilization played an important role in that evaluation. 

“Fortunately, we keep very good statistics on customer usage of our facilities and services, so we were able to see where we don’t get much participation at certain times of day,” Arnett noted. “If we can close up at those times, we save salary money; and salary is the most expensive component, no matter what type of business you’re in.” 

In fact, by not backfilling some vacant positions in certain operations, MWR will be able to save a significant amount of money. 

“The vast majority of our staff salaries are non-appropriated funds, which means salaries are paid through fees and charges; we don’t hire many GS personnel,” Sias clarified. 

Utilities are another big expense for MWR, especially at Pax River’s West Basin Marina where the organization has been absorbing the $25,000 per year cost. 

“We’ve been carrying the burden for a long time paying for marina utilities out of slip fees and we can’t do it anymore,” noted Frank Pace, recreation division manager. “In order to keep services at a quality level, utility fees will be implemented in April. But even with that, we can honestly say our customers will still see a 25-30 percent savings at Pax over the outside community.” 

In addition to adjusting fee structures, reducing and aligning hours and services, saving on salaries, and working internally to reduce supply costs and maintenance expenses, certain MWR activities will begin promoting bundle packages to patrons and will increase marketing opportunities to help generate additional income. 

“A lot of effort went into looking at how we can save money but still continue to maintain the level of programming and services we currently provide,” Sias added. “We have to raise prices so that we don’t lose these benefits, because if things go away, they’ll likely never come back. When we’re subsidized, we pass that along but, unfortunately, when we’re no longer subsidized, we also pass that along. Hopefully, people will understand how MWR works and how we’re responsible for our financial situation.” 

Expected MWR changes 

Below are some — but not all inclusive — MWR changes customers can expect to see at Pax River beginning on or after April 1. MWR will continue to look at all operations and make necessary adjustments in order to sustain service. 

  • Dine On the Go 

Reduce operation hours to lunch only from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; weekdays only 

  • River’s Edge 

Hot Buffet and Soup & Salad Bar price increase by 95 cents; a la carte menu increase of 25 cents for some items; iced tea, soda and coffee prices increase by 25 cents. 

  • Drill Hall Fitness Center 

Fitness center, gym and pool will close at 8 p.m. 

  • Bowling Center 

Reduce hours of operation: Closing 5 p.m. Sundays, 8 p.m. Mondays, and midnight Fridays 

  • Center Stage Theater  

Ticket prices increase by 10 percent; begin charging for theater space usage 

  • West Basin Marina 

Increase slip and dry storage fees by $1 per foot; sail boat rental fees by 10 percent; property storage fees by 10 percent; campsite fees by 10 percent; begin charging for electricity at boat slips 

  • Auto Skills Center 

Increase vehicle storage by 10 percent 

  • Community Recreation 

Increase in equipment rental and pavilion fees by 10 percent; eliminate tier pricing for E1-E5 

  • Liberty Center 

Reduce staffing on weekends 

  • NRC Solomons 

Special event fees increase $2 per person; reduce hours of operation in certain seasons; increase price of swim lessons; introduce bundle package to seasonal marina berthing patrons for both berthing and storage in the 20- and 30-foot slips; increase lodging rates $5 per night per CNIC guidance; reduce hours of lodging operation; reintroduce onsite storage to RV patrons; introduce seasonal storage contracts for RV guests  

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