The Armed Forces Retirement Home - Official

The Armed Forces Retirement Home - Official Official Page of AFRH, vibrant retirement communities in Gulfport, MS & Washington, DC fostering independence & wellness for eligibile military members
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Campuses in Gulfport, MS and Washington, DC provide outstanding services and amenities that rival those at premier retirement homes. For those who meet the eligibility requirements, there are no costly registration fees, and the monthly user fees are quite affordable. AFRH residents are active participants in guiding and charting their own lives. Best of all, they enjoy the camaraderie and common bond shared with their peers yet retain full independence.

Mission: To fulfill our Nation's commitment to its veterans by providing premier retirement communities with exceptional residential care and extensive support services in Gulfport, MS & Washington, DC.

Operating as usual

The Combined Federal Campaign kicked off September 21st and will run through January 15, 2021.  For information on the C...
09/29/2020

The Combined Federal Campaign kicked off September 21st and will run through January 15, 2021. For information on the CFC at the Armed Forces Retirement Home - Washington, please see attached flyer for details.

Our Recreation staff at the Armed Forces Retirement Home - Washington are asking for a little creative help from our res...
09/28/2020

Our Recreation staff at the Armed Forces Retirement Home - Washington are asking for a little creative help from our resident's loved ones. Our staff are busy preparing a special video to share with the residents of AFRH-Washington over the holidays, and we want you to be a part of it. See the posted flyer for further details.

Good Monday morning from Gulfport, Mississippi!
09/28/2020

Good Monday morning from Gulfport, Mississippi!

09/18/2020
AFRH-Washington U.S. Air Force 73rd Birthday and POW/MIA Remembrance Program

The Armed Forces Retirement Home - Washington celebrates the United States Air Force 73rd birthday. Special remarks were given by Major General Sherrie L. McCandless who is the Director, Office of Legislative Liasion, National Guard Bureau at the Pentagon. Thank you to the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service for making source material available to us for use through media commons. Happy 73rd birthday, U.S. Air Force!
Also on this day, we remember the 138,000 former American prisoners of war going back to the beginning of World War II, and the more than 82,000 missing and unaccounted-for Americans who have yet to return home from their wars. Our nation continues to actively pursue the recovery and return of our missing Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and civilians. YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.
Video by Marine Robbins I Volunteer Coordinator

09/18/2020
US Air Force Birthday Video- AFRH-G

Happy 73rd Birthday U.S. Air Force
Video by Sean Campbell | Lead Recreation Specialist

This video celebrates the anniversary of the founding of the United States Air Force. Residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport who are unabl...

09/18/2020
AFRH-G POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony

AFRH-G POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony
Video by Sean Campbell | Lead Recreation Specialist

This Video is to commemorate our Nation's POW/MIA's and remind folks to never forget.

Today is POW*MIA Recognition Day and the 73rd Birthday of the United States Air Force.  Let us honor those who were pris...
09/18/2020

Today is POW*MIA Recognition Day and the 73rd Birthday of the United States Air Force. Let us honor those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. Happy Birthday USAF! Stay tuned for videos created by AFRH-G Lead Recreation Specialist Sean Campbell on POW*MIA Recognition Day and the USAF Birthday at 0800 and 1000 today.

Photos by Becki L. Zschiedrich | Public Affairs

Story by Marla J McGuinness & Linda Bailey, Recreation ServicesPictures by Annemarie Wilson, Neil FergusonMarla McGuinne...
09/17/2020

Story by Marla J McGuinness & Linda Bailey, Recreation Services
Pictures by Annemarie Wilson, Neil Ferguson

Marla McGuinness and Linda Bailey from Recreation Services created a cooking demonstration with flavors from the orient. Residents helped with the prep work; Warren Pospisil chopped the cooked chicken. Neil Ferguson “Fergy” chopped onions, John Baker scrabbled the eggs, Chris Engle opened the cans and Adeline Overchuck-Murray cut up the green onions. While others sat back and watched the event, unfold. Linda Bailey spoke of different recipes we use-to-use leftovers, while Marla McGuinness talked about the Chicken fried rice mixture. Once everything was cooked, everyone received a bowl and enjoyed talking with others who were there. They said how nice it was to enjoy the different flavors and aroma from the ingredients used in the Chicken Fried Rice recipe.

Pickled Pickle PowerStory by Carol Mitchell, Recreation Therapy and Marla J McGuinness, RecreationPictures by Mike Hoth,...
09/17/2020

Pickled Pickle Power
Story by Carol Mitchell, Recreation Therapy and Marla J McGuinness, Recreation
Pictures by Mike Hoth, Carol Mitchell, Marla McGuinness

A pickled cucumber (commonly known as a PICKLE in the United States and Canada, and a GHERKIN in Britain, Ireland, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand) is a cucumber that has been pickled in a brine, vinegar, or other solution and left to ferment for a period. By either immersing the cucumbers in an acidic solution or through souring by lacto-fermentation. There are many varieties of pickles... Genuine Dill, Kosher dill, Hungarian, Sweet, Polish, Bread-and-Butter, Gherkin, and the good old AFRH-W Freezer Pickle!

On Friday, September 4th residents were treated to Homemade Freezer Pickles to kick off the Labor Day Weekend.
It has become an annual tradition at AFRH-W to serve up these tasty pickles at the Labor Day Cookout. RT Garden Terraces grows an abundance of cucumbers with residents enjoying a variety of dishes to include cucumber sandwiches, cucumber pasta, cucumber and tomato salad, and of course Freezer Pickles. Who knew you could make pickles from cucumbers in the freezer? I didn't! One day I was pondering what to do with our plethora of cucumbers when Recreation Team Lead Linda Bailey said "why don't you make freezer pickles?" and a tradition was born.

The following recipe creates the sweetest, most delicious, pickles I have ever tasted. The following recipe serves only 24... We made enough to serve all the Residents!
21 cups thinly sliced pickling cucumbers -
5-6 yellow or sweet onions - , peeled and thinly sliced
2 Large red onions - peeled and thinly sliced
6 Tbsp. kosher salt
6 cups granulated sugar
3 cup apple cider vinegar
3 Tbsp. mustard seed
3 Tbsp. celery seed
*put it all together and refrigerate for 24 hours then put in the Freezer for a month.

Residents were able to watch the "Cooking with Chef Carol Show" which demonstrated how the Pickles were made on the Home's Channel 4 Senior television station a month prior to the Labor Day event. Once they had a taste of the freezer pickles rave reviews came in to the recreation department.

Due to the Pandemic Recreation Therapy and Recreation improvised the Labor Day Cookout pickle booth and created a "Roving Pickle Cart" and a "Pass by Pick-up Pickle stand". The challenge was on... Recreation's Marla McGuinness and Recreation Therapy's Carol Mitchell decided to see who could be the most creative in designing their pickle distribution carts. It was fun for the residents bringing a smile to their faces when Marla had residents taking Pickle Photo pictures and Carol went roaming the Healthcare units with a giant Pickle and of course Freezer Pickles to sample!

AFRH Gulfport family and friends,The Gulfport Residents and Shelter-in-Place team was spared the brunt of Hurricane Sall...
09/16/2020

AFRH Gulfport family and friends,

The Gulfport Residents and Shelter-in-Place team was spared the brunt of Hurricane Sally as she grazed the campus and made landfall to our east in neighboring Alabama coast. This morning the campus woke up to gusty winds and overcast skies, maybe even less than the summer thunderstorms that roll through the area. Thank you for your prayers, support and concern for our Residents and Staff as we faced this emergency event.

Photo by Frank Bermudez | Safety Officer

Hurricane Sally is moving ever so slowly northward at 2 mph.  It’s expected to make landfall Wednesday morning along the...
09/16/2020

Hurricane Sally is moving ever so slowly northward at 2 mph. It’s expected to make landfall Wednesday morning along the Alabama coast, which is only about 77 miles from the Gulfport campus. We have no concern greater than the safety of our Residents and Staff, so we continue to monitor Hurricane Sally very closely. The Command Staff will make a decision Wednesday morning on when to end the protective posture of Shelter in Place. Please remember the good people of Alabama and Florida in your thoughts and prayers as they will bear the brunt of Hurricane Sally.

The front gate is closed at AFRH-G in anticipation of Hurricane Sally. Currently it is very breezy and the bands of rain...
09/15/2020

The front gate is closed at AFRH-G in anticipation of Hurricane Sally. Currently it is very breezy and the bands of rain haven’t reached Gulfport yet.

Team-1, the AFRH-G Shelter-in-Place team, successfully checked in yesterday evening and is in place to ride out Hurricane Sally. But wait! She keeps dancing around in the Gulf of Mexico and appears she may only graze us instead of making it a direct hit! It all remains to be seen, but nevertheless the team is standing by on the ready! Safety is our priority!

AFRH-G will shelter-in-place starting at 6:00 p.m. tonight.  Team 1, which consists of over 80 employees in all departme...
09/14/2020

AFRH-G will shelter-in-place starting at 6:00 p.m. tonight. Team 1, which consists of over 80 employees in all departments, will stay in the building for the duration of the storm to make sure our veterans are safe. When the storm is over Team 2 will relieve Team 1. If the AFRH-G loses power, we have two generators (one is a backup generator) that will run the entire building for seven days. We also have plenty of food and water for our residents. Our veterans are our number one priority.

Tropical Storm Sally is expected to become a hurricane by tonight, with additional strengthening possible before the center crosses the northern Gulf Coast. This storm is expected to drop 10-15” of rain and could have wind gusts of 100 mph. The AFRH-G building was built to withstand a hurricane five storm.

On the forecast track, the center of Sally will move over the north-central Gulf of Mexico today, and approach southeastern Louisiana this afternoon, and make landfall in the hurricane warning area on Tuesday. Afterward, Sally is expected to move slowly north-northeastward near the northern Gulf Coast through Wednesday. Sally is expected to be a dangerous slow-moving hurricane.

We will continue to ensure our resident’s safety throughout the duration of this hurricane.

It’s always beautiful before a storm. AFRH-Gulfport will ensure all of our veterans and employees are safe. The Command ...
09/13/2020

It’s always beautiful before a storm. AFRH-Gulfport will ensure all of our veterans and employees are safe. The Command Staff has been monitoring the tropics very closely and determined that AFRHG shall Shelter-in-Place in response to soon to be Hurricane Sally beginning Monday evening. Our facility is designed to weather severe storms and the staff is ready to see our Residents through this weather emergency until the all clear is announced.

We will continue to monitor this situation and will post updates periodically. Safety is our priority! 🇺🇸

We are at the peak of hurricane season and we are monitoring and posturing for potentially sheltering in place for Tropi...
09/12/2020

We are at the peak of hurricane season and we are monitoring and posturing for potentially sheltering in place for Tropical Storm Sally, which could turn into a hurricane. We are prepared at AFRH-G. Stay safe everyone.

The Walter Reed Bethesda Facility Dog Program would like to thank the residents and staff of the Armed Forces Retirement...
09/11/2020

The Walter Reed Bethesda Facility Dog Program would like to thank the residents and staff of the Armed Forces Retirement Home for your service! Pictured on left is HM2 Sully who served former President George H. W. Bush during the last six month's of the President's life and laid by his casket in the Capitol rotunda.

09/07/2020
U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith Visits AFRH-GBy Becki L. Zschiedrich | Public AffairsOn Thursday, September 3, 2020 U.S. S...
09/04/2020

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith Visits AFRH-G
By Becki L. Zschiedrich | Public Affairs

On Thursday, September 3, 2020 U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith along with Andrew Hinkebein from U.S. Senator’s Roger Wicker’s office, Harrison County Supervisor & Board President Connie Rockco and Harrison County Veteran Services Officer Julia Encalade visited AFRH-G to see what they could do to support our veterans during this pandemic. Residents brought up great questions pertaining to the restrictions that are currently in place and rapid test kits. Cindy Hyde-Smith is the first woman elected to represent Mississippi in Washington, D.C. Thank you all for taking the time to support the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Gulfport.

09/03/2020
Korean Veterans Association in U.S. Donates 600 Masks to AFRH-W

Representatives from the Korean Veterans Association (KVA) in the U.S. stopped by AFRH-W today to present boxes containing 600 face masks to our veteran residents.

The group, led by KVA in the U.S. President In Chul Kim, made the donation in appreciation of the AFRH veterans who served and continue to serve in Korea.

KVA in Korea sent the masks for KVA in the U.S. to donate to worthy organizations, and AFRH was at the top of their list!

AFRH Administrator Susan Bryhan greeted the delegation, and presented Mr. Kim with a certificate of appreciation for the KVA donation.

AFRH is grateful for the continuing thoughtfulness shown by the citizens of Korea to our veteran residents, and for the longstanding bond between our two nations.

Korean Veterans Association in the U.S. donates 600 face masks to AFRH-Washington     Representatives from the Korean Ve...
09/03/2020

Korean Veterans Association in the U.S. donates 600 face masks to AFRH-Washington

Representatives from the Korean Veterans Association (KVA) in the U.S. stopped by AFRH-W today to present boxes containing 600 face masks to our veteran residents.

The group, led by KVA in the U.S. President In Chul Kim, made the donation in appreciation of the AFRH veterans who served and continue to serve in Korea.

KVA in Korea sent the masks for KVA in the U.S. to donate to worthy organizations, and AFRH was at the top of their list!

AFRH Administrator Susan Bryhan greeted the delegation.
"I want to thank the veterans from South Korea for sending these masks to our veterans who served in South Korea," she said. "We are really appreciative of this during this time. The masks will be very helpful to keep our veterans safe and healthy."

Ms. Bryhan also presented Mr. Kim with a certificate of appreciation for the KVA donation.

AFRH is grateful for the continuing thoughtfulness shown by the citizens of Korea to our veteran residents, and for the longstanding bond between our two nations.

AFRH-G Resident Highlight - Arthur G. Lehmann, Jr.By Dan Ellis | Resident Art was born on March 24, 1947 in Long Beach, ...
09/01/2020

AFRH-G Resident Highlight - Arthur G. Lehmann, Jr.
By Dan Ellis | Resident

Art was born on March 24, 1947 in Long Beach, California to Arthur and Alice Lehmann. He has one sister and two brothers. Art was known as "Little Art" by family members as he grew up since he was named after his father. However, he grew up to be 6'3" and 245 pounds, so he wasn't so little anymore.

From his home in Los Alamitos, California, he matriculated through Laurel Elementary and Orange View Junior High School and graduated from Western High School in Anaheim, California. During these educational pursuits, he was credited with nine varsity letters in football, wrestling and track.

Art went on to Fullerton Junior College in Fullerton, California where he achieved further gains in football as the Junior College National Champions and played in the Junior Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on December 11, 1965. Fullerton College beat Henderson County College, Texas, 20-15.

Having gained a scholarship, Art went on to Weber State University in Ogden, Utah attending for one and a half years before going home due to his father's illness. While at home, and having received a draft notice, he decided to enlist into the U.S. Army.

Art entered the Army on April 16, 1968 and took basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Ord, California as a personnel management specialist. He had tours in Vietnam, Pentagon, Hawaii, San Francisco, New Orleans, Chicago, Korea, Arizona, Texas, Germany, Washington and Japan.

While holding top positions as first sergeant at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, Art won the commander’s marching banner for five consecutive months. The post commander retired the banner and awarded it to 1SG Lehmann for permanent display in the company area.

Art was selected to attend the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy in Fort Bliss, Texas, where he graduated from Class 30 and received the General Ralph E. Haines, Jr. Award for Outstanding Student Research.

He was reassigned to the Army Personnel Center in Alexandria, Virginia, where he was the sergeant major of the NCO education system responsible for soldiers training and development. After a year, Brigadier General Fred Vollrath selected him to become the sergeant major of the enlisted personnel management directorate, which is responsible for all enlisted personnel assignments, promotions, training and professional development. This is one of the top positions in the Army for a personnel sergeant major, where he briefed the sergeant major of the U.S. Army, major commands and soldiers worldwide on Army policies and soldiers' development. While there, he received the General Horatio Gates Medal, awarded for outstanding service in the Adjutant Generals Corps.

While assigned at Fort Lewis, Washington as the sergeant major for personnel, he was selected as a command sergeant major and reassigned to Camp Zama, Japan where he was the 17th Area Support Group sergeant major and Camp Zama sergeant major responsible for all Army soldiers assigned to the camp. One of his duties was to coordinate NCO development with the Japanese Army's NCO's in order to build lasting relationships.

Art received an Associate of Science degree from the University of New York in 1979 and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri in 1983.
After more than 26 years, Art decided to retire. During his career, he had received several awards, including two Legions of Merit, Bronze Star, four Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal and other service ribbons.

On September 1, 1994 he retired at Winlock, Washington where he delved into salmon and steelhead fishing in the Lewis River, which runs into the Columbia river.

But not all play, Art was employed as a regional manager for Olsten Staffing Service and managed five different offices around Seattle, Washington. There he provided temporary employees to companies that did not want full time employees or was a stepping-stone to full time employment to a company. He was later employed by U.S. Bank in Minneapolis, Minnesota as manager of temporary employees.
He fondly retells that while at home on emergency leave from Vietnam, he met his future bride, Janet, and followed up with a letter-writing campaign to woo her. They married at Fort DeRussey, Honolulu, Hawaii on August 3, 1970, during his R&R.

In 2003, the family moved to Mesquite, Nevada where the warm weather was more suitable for Janet's health. She had been diagnosed with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. They moved to The Villages, Florida in 2007, where together they golfed, went to movies, read, traveled and worked on Janet's prime projects.

Art had a stroke in 2013 which left him with a speech impediment and ended his public speaking engagements. In 2018, Janet passed away. Art was not prone to live alone and did not want to place pressure on his adult children, so he decided to move into the AFRH in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Art has two children; Jennifer and Daniel, two grandchildren; Zack and Devin, and two great grandchildren; Leah and Braxtyn.

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140 Rock Creek Church Rd NW
Washington D.C., DC
20011-8400

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Are you eligible to retire at AFRH? Find out here: https://www.afrh.gov/afrh/newres/elig/elig.htm Core Philosophy: “Person-centered Care” is defined as the careful manner in which resident needs are considered while developing proactive plans of care and delivering meaningful services. All AFRH staff members must identify and understand each resident’s individual needs, listen carefully to these expressed needs, and offer smart choices for consideration. Our core person-centered values include: choice, dignity, respect, self-determination, and purposeful living within the support structure of a caring environment.

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