The annual D-M 50 Univer-sity of Arizona game and tail-gate provided food and fun for military members and their families Sept. 15 at University Mall.
More than 2,000 members of the Desert Lightning Team could be found at the corner of University Boulevard and Campbell Road on Saturday, where the D-M 50 provided a buffet-style meal, including coolers of ice-cold drinks, before the start of the U of A vs. South Carolina State football game.
“I had a lot of fun at the tail-gate,” said Airman 1st Class Diana Reyes, 355th Fighter Wing knowledge operations manager. “It’s nice that the D-M 50 orga-nizes events like this where you can just come out with your friends and relax.”
The game kicked off with a ball presentation during which Greg Byrne, U of A athletic director, presented Col. Kevin Blanchard, 355th Fighter Wing commander, and Michael Grassinger, president of the D-M 50, with a football signed by Rich Rodriguez, head coach of the U of A football team.
After the ball presentation and two quarters of action-packed football came the half-time show. During half-time, seven D-M Airmen were rec-ognized for exceptional service. Members were chosen by their first sergeants and unit com-manders.
The D-M 50 is a non-profit, volunteer service organization that sponsors initiatives to help improve the quality of life for D-M’s Airmen.