Events

May 10, 2012

Celebrating Heritage in a Very Modern Way

Tags:
Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook
355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook/Released)
U.S. Air Force members of the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month committee perform during a flash mob that took place in the Base Exchange. Members of the mob appeared to be volunteers, but dropped what they were doing once the music began to play.

The month of May honors the Asian-Pacific American heritage, and its committee decided to lend its customs a modern twist by performing a traditional Asian-pacific dance during a flash mob at the base exchange here May 4.

The flash mob took place in the D-M BX food court, with Desert Lightning Team members from many ethnicities participating in the event.

“The idea came when a friend showed me a video of a flash mob being done on a beach in Maui, Hawaii,” said Marie Lankford, 355th Force Support Squadron force development flight chief and the flash mob choreographer. “I thought it would be fun to have an event that no one had ever done before on base.”

The dance involved men and women, with the men wearing leis and the women traditional sarongs.

Members of the mob appeared to be volunteers for the heritage month food tasting. But when the music began to play, they dropped what they were doing and created a formation in front of the guests.

“This was the first time I’d ever done any sort of traditional dance,” said Staff Sgt. Justin Petros, 355th Operational Support Squadron and a member of the flash mob.

To get volunteers for the dance, the committee had to try and get the word out while keeping the flash mob a secret.

“Dancers were recruited through e-mail and word-of-mouth,” Lankford said. “It was very hard to keep it discreet because people were so excited about it.”

The flash mob was the kick-off event for Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

The new fight: Writing cyber into the science of war

Every year, the Aspen Security Forum brings together the top minds in defense, intelligence and homeland security. This year, more than ever, the conversation is turning to cybersecurity – protecting computer networks and everything attached to them. Cyber is constantly changing the way conflicts and combat unfold. Here, former U.S. Navy Rear Adm. William Leigher offers insights...
 
 
(U.S. Air Force photo/Osakabe Yasuo)

Need help? Trust your ‘Shirt’

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — When young Airmen need help or are looking for guidance, a good place to start is with a senior NCO. Making it into the top 3 percent in the U.S. Air Force is a major accomplishment. Alt...
 
 

Local Briefs July 31, 2015

Sunset Horseback Ride August 8, 4 – 8 p.m. – Outdoor Rec Saddle up and enjoy a 2-hour sunset horseback ride through the Saguaro National Park.. Final deadline for sign-ups is July 31. Minimum age: 18. Cost of $25/person. Call 228-3736 for more information. White water rafting and camping Aug. 20 – 24 – Grand...
 

 
(Courtesy Photo)

A Q&A with Master Sgt. Jaime Lewis

The men and women of the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) welcomed a new First Sgt. in May. Master Sgt. Jaime M. Lewis, began his career in 2000 as an Aerial Porter, where he performed duties such as passenger services, car...
 
 
(U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Jeffrey Allen)

Relationship building by means of the F-16

  America’s stars and stripes and Arizona’s lone copper star always wave proudly at the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing. But it’s the adjacent flags of coalition-partners – from the pacific island-nat...
 
 

Military life: Separated, but not alone

  MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — As the dawn broke out over the mountains, I woke up to the sun peeping through my window. Once I got up I went straight to the kitchen to make my family breakfast yet in the back of my mind, all I could think about is how am I...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>