U.S.

October 13, 2015
 

Connecting through faith and campfires

Airman 1st Class Ashley N. Steffen
355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley N. Steffen
U.S. service members sit around a campfire playing instruments, roasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate at Mather Camp Ground along the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park Sept. 19. The service members were at the canyon as part of the 2015 Grand Canyon Breakaway Weekend.

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz.  — Military stations around the western United States, came together for the 2015 Grand Canyon Weekend Breakaway camping trip to Grand Canyon National Park Sept. 18-20.


More than 90 people attended the weekend breakaway, including active duty U.S. Airmen and Marines, Air National Guardsman, military spouses and couples, as well as, civilians and retirees. Service members from seven different bases participated in the event, Airmen from Davis-Monthan AFB and Luke AFB, Arizona, Holloman AFB and Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, Nellis AFB and Creech AFB, Nevada, and Marines from Miramar Air Station, California.


Attendees brought guitars and ukuleles to enjoy by the campfire along with s’mores and hot drinks.
“It was a great way to get out and network; I was able to make new friends not only at the base I just moved to, but also with some of the surrounding bases,” said Airman 1st Class Jacob Markulik, 355th Security Forces Squadron response force member. 


The trip was focused on strengthening; physical, mental, social, and spiritual resiliency. During the weekend trip attendees hiked into the Grand Canyon, completing either a three or six mile hike, attended spiritual and faith based services, as well as, socializing with peers.


“The hike was physically demanding, but it builds mental fortitude,” Chaplain (Capt.) Justin Szeker, 355th Fighter Wing staff chaplain. “During the hike I was encouraging others by informing them that the body is not nearly as tired as your mind wants you to believe. To achieve great things, you have to sometimes break through those mental barriers.”




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


 
 

 
Air Force photograph by Airman Frankie D. Moore

355th MDOS hosts first annual Suicide Prevention Week

Air Force photograph by Airman Frankie D. Moore Capt. Teresa Thompson, 355th Medical Operations Squadron Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment program manager, talks to an individual about mental awareness during the ...
 
 

Boeing, Cathay Pacific to donate world’s 1st 777 to Aviation Museum

Boeing and Cathay Pacific announced today that they are donating the first-ever Boeing 777 airplane to the Pima Air & Space Museum in Arizona, one of the world’s largest facilities devoted to celebrating aerospace. The iconic airplane (line number WA001 and registered B-HNL) flew from Cathay Pacific’s home airport in Hong Kong to Tucson, Arizona...
 
 
Air National Guard photograph by Staff Sgt. George Keck

Arizona Air National Guard’s first deployment in 31 years

Air National Guard photograph by Staff Sgt. George Keck Staff Sgt. Luke Arandules, a 195th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, Arizona Air National Guard, performs a final inspection for debris around the intake of an F-16 Fi...