First Biennial Combat Dining In
By Tech. Sgt. Rebecca J. West, 181IW/Logistics Readiness Squadron
/ Published June 29, 2011
Hulman Field, Ind. -- The 181st Junior Enlisted Council hosted the first biennial Combat Dining In on 4 June 2011. Members donned their war-gear and armed with super-soakers to participate in an exhilarating game of capture-the-flag. Four teams were formed to defend their positions. Staff Sgt. Shannon Hunter, a member of the last team standing, said, "I can't wait for the next dining-in to defend the title." The game was followed by dinner that would not have been complete without the grog. Nobody was safe! A point-of-order was presented to Seniro Airman Nikki Price and Senior Airman Chelsea Ellis, the president and vice of the mess, who determined the validity of the infraction. There was an instance where seven Chiefs that will remain unnamed had the pleasure of approaching the grog.
The format was based on the formal dining-in to include traditions such as toasts, a POW/MIA table, and a guest speaker. Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) Dennis Williams gave an outstanding speech that left members asking themselves, "What did I build today?" Major Ronald Padgett, a referee, described it as, "excellent junior enlisted camaraderie and fun had by all." The Combat Dining In could not have been a success without the efforts of many people