After serving as the chief for Child, Youth and School Services for the Installation Management Command in San Antonio, Texas, Lisa Hamlin recently relocated to Fort Detrick to serve as the new Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation director.
Hamlin describes the move to Fort Detrick as a decision that has brought her back to doing what she loves most—working to provide quality FMWR programs for Soldiers and family members.
“There are so many opportunities here to further develop FMWR and I am excited about the possibilities. For me, it is about ensuring we offer FMWR programs that our customers want and need,” Hamlin said.
Hamlin’s goals for Fort Detrick are already starting to come to fruition. In July, after being closed for several months, Hamlin re-opened Café Too based on community interest.
“We have received numerous Interactive Customer Evaluation comments letting us know how excited patrons are that the Café reopened,” Hamlin said. “Right now we serve brewed coffee, but we are expecting to have a barista service up and running in the near future.”
Hamlin also shared that the foot traffic in the café continues to increase. Café Too serves breakfast and lunch and is open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Hamlin added that it is her intent to send out a survey to find out what FMWR activities Fort Detrick would like to see implemented.
“Eligible patrons don’t realize all of the different services that FMWR offers,” Hamlin said. “They can rent a boat, an air conditioned camper, cater an event or even rent an inflatable for a party. I want to raise awareness in the Fort Detrick community about all that FMWR does.”
Hamlin’s professional background includes experiences in profit, non-profit and government organizations. Hamlin served as the commissioner of the National Association for the Education of Young Children from 1999-2002, during the reinvention of the NAEYC accreditation system.
“Most of my professional experiences have been in the field of Education and Early Childhood Development. In my new position as the director of FMWR, I feel very fortunate to not only work with Child, Youth and School Services programs, but to also work with Army Community Services, Community Recreation and the Community Operations Programs.”
Hamlin, a Colorado native, has traveled across the United States and overseas with her family and throughout her career as an Army civilian.
“I spent my childhood in Hawaii and as an adult I lived in Korea, Grenada, Oregon and Kansas City,” Hamlin said. “Although [I’ve travelled a lot] I think being on the East Coast is my favorite place to live.”
After taking the position as the director of FMWR, Hamlin and her family purchased a home in New Market, Maryland.
“We’ve been camping out for a while surrounded by boxes since our household goods have arrived,” Hamlin joked. “My two Siberian Huskies are much happier now that they are out of the San Antonio heat.”
Hamlin is looking forward to working with everyone at Fort Detrick and is excited about her new opportunity.
For more information about FMWR services, call (301) 619-2711.