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Force Support programs are vital to mission accomplishment and form an integral part of the non-pay compensation system. These programs provide a sense of community among patrons and provide support services commonly furnished by other employers or other state and local governments to their employees and citizens. Force Support programs encourage positive individual values and aid in recruitment and retention of personnel. They provide for the physical, cultural, and social needs and general well-being of military members and their families, providing community support systems that make Air Force bases hometowns for a mobile military population.

History

club2The Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) Program has been recognized as being essential for creating and maintaining the morale of military personnel. Services programs have long provided essential food, lodging and services for military members.

MWR programs were first introduced during the Revolutionary War. With the establishment of a huge "citizen" army during World War I, the United Service Organizations was founded along with programs like library services, troop canteens and sports programs. In 1920, the Army Motion Picture Service was set up and was soon to be followed by the founding of service clubs later during World War II.

club1The many service related programs also began during the Revolutionary War, with billeting and food facilities serving as fundamental necessities for military troops. Services' roots sprang from the supply and civil engineering career fields and branched off as its own entity in 1992.

In 1992, MWR and Services merged Air Force wide, with the new name, the Air Force Morale, Welfare, Recreation, and Services Agency. In 1993, the agency was renamed "Services," reflecting the merger's success and focusing directly on what their programs are all about -- service. In 2007 the Services Squadron further merged with the Mission Support Squadron creating the more powerful "Force Support Squadron" you see today.  

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