28 August 2020
The AFE Resource Guide for Active-Duty Military and Families – September 2020

Stay smart, safe, and entertained with this wealth of resources for active-duty military and their families

At Armed Forces Entertainment, it is our mission to bring you the best in entertainment, wherever you’re stationed. Although our regularly scheduled concert tours have been postponed this summer, we are working  to bring you resources and online entertainment you and your family can enjoy.
Explore our resources guide below, and learn more ways to stay active, informed, and connected with services and events available near you.
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Army MWR Resources & Community Activities

Get your Game on with Army MWR eSports Tournaments
Compete in the worldwide Army Soldier Showdown Esports competition, with tournaments hosted every Friday until September 19th, 2020. The top 3 winners will receive special prize packages from Acer and Complexity Gaming. Stay up to date with Army MWR Esports for future challenges and community events.

Get the Low Down on Local Community Events
As military installations around the world practice COVID-safe reopening practices, local MWR facilities are beginning to resume recreational activities.
Are you stationed in Europe and Interested in riding 1000KM by bicycle this season with IMCOM-E? Are you down to join your fellow service members for a round of golf? Or perhaps a round of designer handbag bingo at Ft. Bliss better suits your fancy?
There’s a wide variety of local events at your garrison to discover. Find the latest events at your local MWR facility today!
Get an Arts and Crafts Kit from Help Heal Veterans and Army MWR
This summer, Army MWR and Help Heal Veterans have partnered together to hand out free therapeutic craft kits to Army personnel and their families. Craft kits have been shipped to garrisons including USAG Vicenza, Camp Darby, and USAG Bavaria, with many more to come over the next six months. Check here for more information. Plus, check out the arts and crafts capabilities at your local garrison here.

Help Heal Vets is here to help you stay crafty this summer.

Founded in 1971, Help Heal Veterans provides free therapeutic craft kits to hospitalized and homebound veterans. Find out more about the organization and how you can help here.
For Recently Deployed Units, Get Active with Warrior Adventure Quest

Warrior Adventure Quest is an Army RESET training tool to help soldiers move on after deployment. Do broomball, paintball, skeet/trap shooting, ropes courses, and mountain biking sound fun to you? Unit leaders (SSG and above) can organize events for their units, free of charge. Find out more about the program here.

Navy MWR Resources

Learn to Cook with These Delicious Recipes from Navy MWR
Although many of us are stuck at home, that doesn’t mean we have to eat the same canned food, and hopefully, we’re not digging into old MREs.
Navy MWR is coming in hot with a wide range of easy-to-follow recipes for the whole family to enjoy. From the Navy Fresh Fast Fit Lunch, to 30-minute Steak and Shrimp Tacos, there’s a quick and delicious recipe that everyone can enjoy.
Follow NavyMWR Esports for Tournament Fun
Get in the action with Navy MWR Esports. Navy MWR regularly hosts tournaments and events that pit sailors from across the globe against each other in friendly competition.
Get Active with Navy NOFFS app
The Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling System (NOFFS) is a complete fitness and fueling program that provides Sailors with a best-in-class system to optimize and maintain physical readiness in an unpredictable world. Check out this free app on the App Store and Google Play.
Travel the World, Virtually
We may be cooped up at home, but with the magic of technology and a spark of imagination, we can go anywhere! Tour the Battleship Missouri Memorial, visit the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA, or even say “Nǐ hǎo” to the pandas at the Atlanta Zoo. Find all these links and more here!

Meet Lun Lun, your new Panda Friend at the Atlanta Zoo!
Image Credit: Zootalanta.org

Discover a Wealth of Premium Digital Services at the MWR Digital Library

As an active-duty MWR patron, did you know that you have free access to ebooks, magazines, movies, and more? Some of the best resources for research and learning available for military families and DoD personnel through the MWR Digital Library, right now!
Want to improve your brain health? Try BrainHQ! Looking to start a business as a side hustle? Check out Entrepreneurship. Want to improve your investing knowledge? Check out Morningstar!
All you need to access these great resources are your military credentials via MilitaryOneSource. Some websites may also require a free one-time registration. What are you waiting for? Let’s dig in!
Here are some of our favorite resources for you to check out:
Explore your Past with Ancestry Library
Discover the roots of your family tree with this amazing resource. Gain access to thousands of genealogical records including military records, census data, birth, marriage, and death records, and so much more.

Look deep into your past with Ancestry Library

Discover Consumer Reports
Don’t buy it until Consumer Reports has tried it! Find the best deals, ratings, and reviews for thousands of consumer products, from the trusted authority in product reviews.
Find a New Hobby with EBSCO Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
Get your craft on! This database offers over 1,900 magazines and hobby books, over 13,000 recipes, and hundreds of videos to help your new project going.
Travel back in Military History with Fold3
Discover a collection of Historical U.S. Military Records and special military content, bringing the lives and legacies of military veterans to life. Check out a whole treasure trove of content from the Revolutionary War to Today.
Learn a New Language with Mango Languages
Choose from over 70 foreign languages, 21 English Language Courses, and 44 specialized courses. Mango Languages uses a conversational style to help immerse you in your new language.

Fun & Educational Resources for Military Kids and their Families

Kids are going back to school this fall, and whether online or in-person, we know that it might be a tough transition back to the classroom for military families. Here are some great resources that service members and their families can use for homework help. Keep those hungry minds fed with these awesome reading services and teaching tools.
For families with small children, we’ve also included resources to help you find the perfect child care provider.

Keeping kids learning and engaged is a great way to build future leaders. Image via DoD

Get Free Homework Help with Tutor.com
Did you know that students in military families have free access to live, on-demand expert help from tutors in over 16 subjects? Tutor.com provides 24/7 access to live tutors at no cost to eligible service members, civilian DoD personnel, and their dependents, for elementary school through college.
Get Free Home Teaching Tools with Teachables
For military families homeschooling their children, or parents simply looking for additional teaching examples, Teachables has you covered with over 15,000 vetted worksheets in every subject imaginable. Download printable lesson plans, readers, educational games, and teaching tools.
Make Reading Fun with Free Access to Scholastic Bookflix
Help your kids discover a world of reading with Bookflix. It’s like having a free book fair, on-demand. Bookflix is a service like Netflix that pairs fiction and non-fiction titles together, simultaneously feeding your kid’s hunger for knowledge and imagination. The animated adventures are perfect for viewing on a phone or tablet.

Scholastic Bookflix is available free for MWR Library patrons

For Grade Schoolers, try Explora Primary
For grades K-5, discover a whole database of colorful and exciting resources in a wide variety of subjects including science, math, animals, and sports.
Participate in the ArmyMWR Summer Reading Program
This year’s Summer Reading Program is centered around a theme of investigation and exploration. Find out more at your local installation library.
For Middle Schoolers, explore Gale in Context: Middle School
This service is a great resource to help middle schoolers complete their assignments with primary sources in science, social studies, literature, and more. Find it here.
Search for Flexible Child Care

It can be frustrating to find great child care during these times of COVID-19. MilitaryOneSource has recently created this awesome Child Care Finder to help military families find and interview caregivers in a virtual environment. Search local caregivers based on your child’s own needs and criteria, check references and background information, and find your child’s next care provider.

Check out Your Local Automotive Skills Center for More than Just Cars

The Automotive Skills Centers are now reopened for authorized MWR patrons, on a base-by-base basis. Check here for a full range of services at your local ASC.

Keep your vehicle in Ship Shape at your local ASC

Car hobbyists can discover a wide array of tools and services to keep their cars running and reliable, for a minimal hourly or flat fee. If there’s a problem you can’t fix, certified auto technicians are also on staff to help you ensure that your vehicle is in ship shape, at a great rate.
Many Automotive Skills Centers services include state vehicle inspections, car washes, paint booths, and car clubs.
As an added bonus, your local MWR Automotive Skills Centers may also have on-base facilities for arts and crafts classes, 3D printers, workshops and more! Check out what’s available at your military installation’s ASC here and here.

Armed Forces Entertainment

At Armed Forces Entertainment, it is our mission to bring you the best in live and digital entertainment, no matter where you’re stationed.
In these transitional times, we want to make sure that you, our military service members and families, have access to the resources you need for success and personal growth.
Head over to our HOMEGROWN video series, with special performances from your favorite AFE artists including Lzzy Hale, gnash, and Chris Kroeze.