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Luncheon commemorates MLK

MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- 
Dr. Kennneth L. Hutcherson, founder and senior pastor of Antioch Bible Church in Kirkland, Wash., addresses attendees at the Martin Luther King, Jr. luncheon held at McChord's Clubs and Community Center Jan. 8. Dr. Hutcherson compared today's military members to Dr.  King and urged them not to give up,  but to "be like Dr. Martin Luther King". 
(U.S. Air Force photo/Abner Guzman)

MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Dr. Kennneth L. Hutcherson, founder and senior pastor of Antioch Bible Church in Kirkland, Wash., addresses attendees at the Martin Luther King, Jr. luncheon held at McChord's Clubs and Community Center Jan. 8. Dr. Hutcherson compared today's military members to Dr. King and urged them not to give up, but to "be like Dr. Martin Luther King". (U.S. Air Force photo/Abner Guzman)

MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- On Jan. 8, more than 150 Team McChord members gathered at McChord's Clubs and Community Center to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

During a tumultuous time in America's history, Dr. King was a prominent figure who planted the seeds of change in our society, said 1st Lt. Kellen Logan, 62nd Contracting Squadron.

Every Airman can relate to what he accomplished, said Lieutenant Logan.

"He represents bravery and courage, qualities that we as military members really respect," he said.

In an effort to honor that same determination and courage, the base invited Dr. Kenneth L. Hutcherson, a former NFL middle linebacker and founder and senior pastor of Antioch Bible Church in Kirkland to be the guest speaker for the luncheon.

"Dr. Hutcherson really reflects the values of what [Dr. King] preached," said Lieutenant Logan, who heard Dr. Hutcherson speak while he was in college.

"Dr. Hutcherson was the most motivating speaker I've heard in a long time," said Col. Jerry Martinez, 62nd Airlift Wing commander. "He tackled a very tough issue with both humor and honesty. His candid approach to a sensitive subject gave our Airmen a valuable look at the importance of Dr. King's life and work."

Tech. Sgt Mikell Manuel, 62nd Mission Support Squadron, attended the luncheon because she wanted to be a part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day festivities. Getting to hear Dr. Hutcherson speak was a bonus for her.

"I've heard really good things about him," she said.

As a young man, Dr. Hutcherson said he grew up listening to Dr. King's messages of reconciliation and hope during the turbulent times of the civil rights era.

However, Dr. Hutcherson said it wasn't until he grew older that he began to understand the tactics, wisdom and sheer intelligence of Dr. King's thoughts.

"Now, in my speeches I just try and emphasize what drove Dr. King to do what he did," Dr. Hutcherson said.