By Julie M. Lucas
NAS Jacksonville Public Affairs
There are times when Sailors just need to get away for a while. Whether it is getting off the base for a few hours or getting out of town for a few days, time away from the stress of everyday life can make a world of difference. 
The Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS) Liberty Center features numerous activities and trips each month and can help Sailors without vehicles to get off the base and see the local community.
"We take great pride in offering a wide variety of fun activities for our single service members," said Liberty Center Program Manager Jaime Shugart. "This is a great place to meet up with friends or make new friends."
Some of the more popular trips in the past have been going to Disney World or Universal Studios in Orlando. Last year for the first time, the center took Sailors to Key West during Labor Day. The trip featured several excursions including snorkeling and deep-sea fishing.
"When I saw the Liberty Center was going to Key West, I was so excited because the price was affordable and it was a holiday weekend. I got some of my friends to go on the trip and we had a memorable time," said QM2 Elvis Ortiz of NAS Jacksonville.
Trips being offered during the month of February include ice skating, a cooking class, and a mixed martial arts fight night. For sports fans, local trips include attending Jacksonville Icemen games, NBA games in Orlando and during the season, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp games. In addition to taking Sailors to events off base, the center offers its own events like a ping pong and cornhole tournaments, and trivia night.
"Our trips are at such great prices that people couldn't do the same activities at the prices we offer, including the transportation," said Shugart. "We have something offered nearly every day."
Another trip is being offered Feb. 16-18, during the President's Day weekend to go skiing and snowboarding in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The fee of $200 includes transportation, lodging and lift tickets. Ski equipment is also included in the trip. Participants are asked to pack winter clothing such as snow pants, gloves and goggles.
Use of Liberty Center activities is limited to single service members E1-E6 and unaccompanied military, to include Reservists.
For more information about upcoming trips and programs, call 542-1335/3491.