I've been gone the last few days to the DC area with Bob for the Navy Surgeon General's (SG) Conference. The SG's wife, Tammy, sponsored a conference for the spouses of Navy Medical leadership. Although spouses are not in uniform they do fill a role when the active duty member is in leadership. It's not required but most spouses happily step up to do the job. What is required varies from place to place depending on what the immediate needs happen to be. It can be lots of work but also loads of fun and very fulfilling.
An outstanding part of the spouse's conference was a visit to the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE). This center is a gift from the American people by way of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and is a place to heal the invisible wounds of war. They are doing tons of work on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A great deal of thought and planning was put into the design and function of the building beginning with consideration for ambient lighting. There are tons of windows even in interior rooms, so they remain bright but do not glare. The resulting structure is beautiful in form and in function.
Rooms are not square and walls are not flat. Each space flows smoothly into the next. It is all very inviting and uplifting. I didn't want to leave!
Workout machines faced a nice view instead of a TV screen or a wall. Color comes largely from outside with nothing inside clashing or jarring.
Overhead windows had screening across them to cut glare but still allow a great deal of filtered light to enter the area even on a gray winter day.
|Filtered light overhead|