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Camp Lejeune SEMPERFIT Employee Wins MWR Rookie of the Year Award

Release Date: 5/10/2007

HQMC (MR), QUANTICO, VA -  Andrea M. Lucie, the Semper Fit Mobile Unit, Group Exercise Program coordinator at MCB Camp Lejeune N.C., has been selected as the Marine Corps recipient of the 2007 Irving Rubenstein Memorial Award also known as the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Rookie of the Year Award, for her contributions to the military MWR profession in the International Military Community Executives Association (IMCEA) Annual Awards Program.

The IMCEA Awards Program is designed to recognize outstanding achievement and exceptional contributions to the military MWR profession. Each year the IMCEA honors MWR professionals who have distinguished themselves among their peers through leadership and excellence in the conduct of military MWR operations. Each year, nominations are solicited from IMCEA members and selection of award recipients are made by the IMCEA Executive Committee.

The Irving Rubenstein Memorial Award recognizes one MWR professional from each of the five branches of the Armed Forces who has been in an MWR management position for less than two years, displays exceptional management and leadership skills, and possesses great potential for continued success in military MWR.

The Semper Fit Mobile Unit provides personalized group fitness evaluations, group fitness classes including combat cardio, circle of death (plyometric drill, abs, and push ups), and circuit training to active duty Marines, Coast Guard, Sailors and community members aboard MCB Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River. The mobile unit caters exercise sessions to units varying from 30 to 1,200 and is available to commanders seven days a week as early as 4:30 a.m. and as late as 5:30 p.m. The group assessments include weight and body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility, and a personalized fitness report is prepared for the command's review.

Since taking over as program coordinator in August 2006, Lucie has taken the mobile unit to over 200 specials events and has provided exercise sessions for over 10,000 Marines and Sailors. Lucie also developed and implemented a Semper Fit Challenge to support the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots programs and coordinated a 4 hour fitness challenge that was held in the main exchange parking lot in which over 300 Marines participating. The mobile unit has also partnered with the Naval Hospital to provide rehabilitation activities for the post traumatic stress patients and Lucie personally provides yoga/pilates instruction to patients.

For more information about the IMCEA Awards programs check out their website at

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