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MWR Guantanamo Bay Vision & Core Values


Our Vision

  • Be the MWR/CYP standard by: providing reliable and innovative recreation, leisure, and youth services to the diverse NSGB community; and recognizing our role as the major experience provider and accepting that responsibility entrusted to us.  


NSGB MWR Core Values

  • Be forward thinking: plant the tree for the shade you may never see.
  • Be ready to say yes! Trying new ideas, responding to patron suggestions, and encouraging staff innovation
  • Be Brilliant at the Basics: Practice, perfect, and execute daily activities to keep the skills alive.
  • Be transparent in all transactions including; audit preparedness, asset control, and customer interaction.
  • Be the lifestyle leader by providing at least a dozen healthy activities every day of the week.
  • be the cheerleader: connect our external and internal customers to programs and people so they may experience our vibrant and diverse community.



Press Releases


NSGB MWR Announced as Finalist for the 2018 National Gold Medal Awards in Parks and Recreation

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, May 14, 2018 – Naval Station Guantanamo Bay’s Morale, Welfare & Recreation (NSGB MWR) was named a finalist for the 2018 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration and the National Recreation and Park Association.

NSGB MWR delivered over 4,800 events annually for a local population of 5,500 residents.  It achieved a 5-Star Accreditation rating and surpassed the rest of the Navy in positive customer feedback.

Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of community members, staff, and elected officials.  NSGB MWR joins three other finalists in their class that will compete for grand honors this year.

MWR Director Tara Culbertson expresses great pride in her program, “I am so incredibly proud of this MWR team for their hard work, creativity, and customer focus – all in a location with some of the toughest supply chain challenges in the US military, an isolated and remote location, and no resources outside the gate.  As a team, we love what we do, and I’m so glad that it shows.”

As the premier southern-most deep-water U.S. Naval Base in the Western Hemisphere, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay strives to provide state-of-the-art self-sustaining infrastructure, while supporting unified, inter-agency joint operations, and training. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay provides a high quality of life for all personnel onboard the Installation and preserves the Installation’s sensitive environmental, historic, and cultural resources.  A world-class MWR program is essential to maintaining that high-quality of life, and a foundational aspect for two of the Commander, Navy Installations Command Lines of Effort: enable the fighter and support the family.

This year’s finalists will compete for Grand Plaque Award honors this summer, and the six Grand Plaque recipients will be announced live during the NRPA General Session at the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, Sept. 25–27, 2018.

Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development, and agency recognition.

Naval Station Guantanamo Bay is the forward, ready, and irreplaceable U.S. sea power platform in the Caribbean. For more than a century, its presence has given decision makers options across the range of military and interagency operations.




NSGB CDC Earns National NAEYC Accreditation 
Program recognized among the top in the nation by earning accreditation

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, January 11, 2018 – Naval Station Guantanamo Bay’s Child Development Center (NSGB CDC) has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children.

NAEYC Accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of 10 research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality-improvement in high-quality early learning environments. “We’re proud to have earned the accreditation from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our hard work and commitment to the highest professional standards,” said Karen Sloan, CDC Director. NSGB CDC cares for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years while their Active Duty and government employed parents work on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.

To earn NAEYC Accreditation, NSGB CDC went through an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process, followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to verify and ensure that the program met each of the ten program standards, and hundreds of corresponding individual criteria. NAEYC-accredited programs are always prepared for unannounced quality-assurance visits during their accreditation term, which lasts for five years.

In the 30 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC—less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition. 

“NAEYC-Accredited programs bring our definitions of excellence for early childhood education to life each day,” said Kristen Johnson, senior director of Early Learning Program Accreditation at NAEYC. “Earning NAEYC Accreditation makes NSGB CDC an exemplar of good practice for families and the entire community.”



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