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Cover Story and Updates For This Issue

COVER STORY: VA Beach Navy Rental Cottages!

For the past few years, R.J., Roy Sr., and Ann have been driving often to the new area chosen for the Navy Getaway Rental Cottages. One day, they saw the beginning of the new cottages underway. To celebrate, Ann took a picture on the ocean side of Roy Sr. (You can see the picture on page 4). It was a happy day to see the future Navy Getaway Rental Cottages coming true! To read the whole story, flip to page 3!

(P.S., Leaping Lizard Cafe, a local VA Beach eatery that has been featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri, has moved across the street from the 67th Street Navy Getaway Rental Cottages. Their location is in the Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. Spa Health Center building and is open to the public. According to their website, Bill Prince, the founder and owner of Leaping Lizard, “prides himself on farm fresh ingredients. Prince’s part-time produce stand ran for eight years prior to the opening of his popular café, which serves fresh and local ingredients and features sandwiches, salads, soups, wraps, baked goods, vegetarian and gluten-free options, and much more.”

NEW Military Travel Guide U.S.A.™ Listing!

Did you know that Fort Gordon now offers an on-base outdoor recreational facility called the Leitner Lake Recreational Complex? Located minutes from the heart of Fort Gordon, the complex is nestled on the serene shores of Leitner Lake, an ideal spot for camping, hiking and fresh water activities. RV travelers will find the site equipped with 22 full hookup sites offering 30/50 amp electric service, water, sewage, picnic tables and grills.

No RV? No problem! A primitive camp area is also featured with a picnic area and beautiful lake front views. For those who prefer camping with more of the comforts of home, a rental camper is also available that comfortably sleeps 4-5. This camper sports 2 bedrooms, a shower, heat and air-conditioning, TV, and a kitchen complete with microwave, pots and pans, and dishes for 6.

Whatever your camping preferences, recreational activities abound at the Leitner Lake Recreation Complex and Fort Gordon. Campers enjoy easy access to fishing, hunting, and outdoor equipment rental that includes bicycles and fishing boats along with archery and firearms for target practice. Skeet and Trap fields and a Sporting Clays Course are also conveniently located nearby.

Reservations must be made 60 days in advance, and discounts are available for persons 62 and older as well as 100% service-connected Disabled Vets. For more information or to make reservations, contact the Leitner Lake Recreation Complex at C-706-791-5078 or email Office Hours are Tue-Fri, 10am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm and Sun 1-5pm.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity for fun and relaxation. Adventure awaits at the Leitner Lake Recreation Complex!

Peoria Airport Renamed to Honor U.S. Army General

Space-A travelers traveling to, from, or through Peoria, Illinois may not be aware that on October 10, 2008, the former “Greater Peoria Regional Airport” was renamed the “General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport” (Haney). A graduate of West Point, the highly decorated Four Star General served his country for 34 years and is regarded as the Father of the U.S. Special Operations Forces and the modern Army Rangers ( His namesake airport provides commercial flights to such far-flung locations as Minneapolis and Tampa/St. Petersburg, as well as other diverse destinations ( Space-A travelers, however, will find themselves limited to very infrequent flights via Air National Guard C-130E or transient aircraft to various CONUS and OCONUS locations. For more information on available Space-A flight destinations, routings, and schedules, travelers may call C-309-633-5513.

Contributed by Military Living® Publications

Reprint from Mar–Apr 2015 • Volume 45, No. 2


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