By George Bournias, Family & MWR – U.S. Army Garrison - Detroit Arsenal
U.S. Army Garrison – Detroit Arsenal (USAG-DTA), Warren, MI – "This was my first such experience in 25 years of being an Army Spouse and it was exceptional – 5 Star!” That was the comment from Ms. Yalonda Leach, who was one of more than twenty Military Spouses who participated in the recent Family & Morale, Welfare & Recreation (Family & MWR) produced “Military Spouses Appreciation Event” sponsored by Art Van Furniture.
Family & MWR, along with Army Community Service (ACS) teamed up with Art Van Furniture for a special day of food, fun and pampering for Military Spouses.
This special event, which began with a wonderful opening breakfast buffet reception at the Art Van Furniture Store in Warren, Michigan, included a complimentary Manicure & Pedicure Combination with a delicious lunch buffet at Aretee Day Spa in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan.
Following the visit to Aretee Day Spa, the spouses re-boarded the bus and returned to Art Van Furniture for a late afternoon gathering of good conversation along with gourmet sandwiches, salad, lemonade and iced tea.
Mrs. Cathy Terry, the wife of Major General Michael Terry, Commanding General, TACOM Life Cycle Management Command and Senior Commander for Detroit Arsenal, was part of the host team greeting spouses upon their morning arrival. After being introduced to speak, she welcomed the ladies and encouraged them to relax, have fun and enjoy themselves.
To say it was “just” a day of pampering would not do it justice. With special focus on treating the spouses as royalty, the red carpet was out from the start of the event at Art Van Furniture, to the bus ride to Grosse Pointe Woods’ Aretee Day Spa and then back to Art Van Furniture.
More than twenty enthusiastic Military Spouses were pleasantly surprised with the VIP treatment received throughout the day and Family & MWR provided each spouse with a tote bag that included a family four pack of tickets to a Tigers Game.
To make this unique experience a highly successful reality, Kent Brickman, ACS Director, was instrumental in communicating with Mrs. Terry and registering the Spouses.
Additionally, Matt Foote, Manager of Family & MWR’s Leisure Travel Services (LTS) and department provided assistance with Bus coordination to ensure comfortable, pleasant transportation.
Family & MWR’s George Bournias worked for nearly 4 months with marketing teams at Art Van Furniture, The Detroit Tigers, and Aretee Day Spa. Bournias added that “Soldiers, Veterans and their families mean everything to us and the Spouses are extremely important so we strive to produce top-notch, valuable, fun and memorable events with great partners like Art Van Furniture, Aretee Day Spa and The Detroit Tigers.”
Art Van Furniture’s Jaime Rae Turnbull was charged-up about partnering with The U.S. Army’s Family & MWR to host Spouses Appreciation Day and added “we are thrilled that everyone enjoyed themselves.
Mrs. Terry thoroughly enjoyed time chatting with the ladies adding "I am so happy as it was a definite success with many happy spouses!"
With continual emphasis on supporting the Army Family Covenant, Denise Ellis-Goyke, Family & MWR Director commented that “our team is always hard at work and focused on providing creative, unique and special opportunities for the our Soldiers and their families, in addition to Veterans and Dept. of Army Civilians – especially during uncertain economic times.”
One spouse, Ms. Jessica Fuller, summed up the day by saying the experience was “awesome and I loved every second!”