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KINGWOOD -

Hosting your event isn't just about the venue, but the level of service provided at that venue. Camp Dawson is a place you should consider when hosting your next event.

While visiting the installation your first thought might be that you're on a military base, but after spending time in its Moral Welfare Recreation Billeting Building, that thought is quickly gone from your mind.

"That is our goal to make you feel very comfortable here. So as you did mention it doesn't feel like you are on a military post although we are definitely on one. We are here to serve all military branches as well as state authorized and federal groups," said Vickie DeRiggi, marketing director of MWR Services, Inc.

The installation's ability to accommodate government hosted conferences and renovation of facilities has occurred over the past couple of years. Along with training venues, there's also a greater number of civilian employment opportunities.

"We're seeing at Camp Dawson more organizations coming to us, which is creating more opportunities for West Virginians, and we have available positions open here. It's a great thing for West Virginia to be able to do something cost effective, timely, revelant for our nation, and at the same time creating opportunity for West Virginians," said Maj General James Hoyer, West Virginia Adjutant General.

Staff comprise of 73 people including 19 uniformed officers. The MWR is available to active and retired military members and their families, along with state and federal government organizations while conducting training there.

549 sleeping rooms are just like regular hotel rooms, and there located in the same building as the conference wing. The installation's conference space is comprised of 16 classrooms. There is also larger classrooms and a 208 seat auditorium. In addition to classroom space and sleeping rooms, You'll find an indoor Olympic sized pool, two dining facilities on post and a 25,000 square foot multi-purpose building. The MPB includes a fitness facility which is equipped with several types of work out equipment, locker room, and saunas.

Officials said as more people make use of the facility, they will want to work there to serve their communities and nation.

"Your part of a team doing a national mission, because this is supporting the effort to train our men and women who protect this nation on a regular basis. It's not about a job, but an opportunity in your own way to be part of an organization that serves the nation's greater need," Hoyer said.

Hoyer said he wants people to know about this hidden treasure in the Mountain State.

"I continually get comments from units that come in here or individuals that come to Camp Dawson or the other things we're doing in the National Guard that compliment how well our people take care of people who come here, particularly military, law enforcement, first responders because they and other West Virginians have a high level of respect for them," Hoyer said.

For additional information call 304-791-7022.