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May 2, 2014

Combat dining-in: Airmen let hair down

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The leadership team remains protected behind shields while Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein, 56th FW commander, sprays Luke Air Force Base Airmen with a fire hose during the dining-in at Luke Air Force Base.
 
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The 56th Mission Support Group taps challenge coins on the table during the event. Tapping coins on the table is a sign of acknowledgement, replacing what would normally be applause.
 
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The 56th Operations Group Airmen attack other groups with water balloons. Luke Airmen were encouraged to bring water weaponry for the numerous battles throughout the night. Thousands of water balloons were launched during the event.
 
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Maj. Scott Smith, 56th Comptroller Squadron commander, gets dowsed in water while going through the obstacle course April 26 at the 56th Fighter Wing 2014 Combat Dining-In at Luke Air Force Base. Smith volunteered to go through the obstacle course to represent fighter wing staff agencies. The event serves as an occasion for Airmen to meet socially at an informal military function. The event enhanced esprit de corps among the units, lightened the load of demanding day-to-day work, gave the commander an opportunity to meet socially with subordinates, and enabled military members of all ranks to create bonds of friendship and better working relations.
 
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Staff Sgt. Jaysen Basu, 56th Force Support Squadron Airmen Leadership School instructor, prepares for battle with his water gun and ghillie suit during the dining-in. Luke Airmen were encouraged to be creative with their costumes.
 
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Col. John Hanna, 56th OG commander, leads a group of Airmen through the obstacle course. The “president,” Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein, 56th FW commander, sent Hanna along with four individuals from each group to the grog.




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