Annual gathering focuses on retiree resources

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  • By Tyler Hemstreet
  • 62nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Flu shots, depending on availability, will be one of the many things that will be on hand for retirees on Retiree Appreciation Day Nov. 18 at McChord's Clubs and Community Center. 

The annual wing-sponsored event will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will also feature a health fair and a wide array of informative booths. 

"It's an opportunity for us to give back to them for all they've given us," said Master Sgt. Sabrina Watkins, one of the event coordinators with the 62nd Medical Operations Squadron. 

As part of the health fair, retirees will be able to get a flu shot, take a bone density test and even register for a health-themed cooking class, Sergeant Watkins said. 

While the base medical clinic offers the flu mist for active duty Airmen and their families, the mist is not available for those ages 55 and older, Sergeant Watkins said. 

If the vaccine is available by Nov. 18, free shots will be offered at the fair, she added.
The event will also feature booths with vendors offering information about the Air Force Association, different veterans' organizations and local assisted living establishments. 

"It's a time to let retirees see what's going on in the Air Force and what services are available to them," said retired Lt. Col. Bob Goodman with the Retiree Activities Office. 

There will also be a chance for retirees to take a bus to the flight line and take a walking tour of a static C-17 Globemaster III. 

There are more than 20,000 Air Force retirees currently living in the Pacific Northwest, who are eligible to utilize the resources McChord has to offer, according to the Retiree Activity Office.