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First Biennial Combat Dining In

Master Sgt. Andy Vanness, a volunteer referee, forced all but the last team standing do 15 push-ups. One of the perks of being a ref. Photo by Master Sgt. John M.  Day/Released

Master Sgt. Andy Vanness, a volunteer referee, forced all but the last team standing do 15 push-ups. One of the perks of being a ref. Photo by Master Sgt. John M. Day/Released

Security Forces Squadron participants, Staff Sgt. Brandon Criss, Tech. Sgt. Amber VanNess, Tech. Sgt. Jamie Renehan, and Staff Sgt. Rick Tryon (who appears to be neutral) flow through the chow line after working up an appetite on the battle field. Photo by Master Sgt. John M.  Day/Released

Security Forces Squadron participants, Staff Sgt. Brandon Criss, Tech. Sgt. Amber VanNess, Tech. Sgt. Jamie Renehan, and Staff Sgt. Rick Tryon (who appears to be neutral) flow through the chow line after working up an appetite on the battle field. Photo by Master Sgt. John M. Day/Released

Guest Speaker Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) Dennis Williams,  challenges to the junior enlisted force to respond to the question, "What did you do today?" with the answer, "I built." Photo by Master Sgt. John M.  Day/Released

Guest Speaker Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) Dennis Williams, challenges to the junior enlisted force to respond to the question, "What did you do today?" with the answer, "I built." Photo by Master Sgt. John M. Day/Released

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
on base.