First Friday offers food, fun, relaxation: Airmen socialize, enjoy music, win prizes at McChord’s Clubs and Community Center

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  • By Tyler Hemstreet
  • 62nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Airmen piled their plates high with meatballs, buffalo wings, potato wedges and jalapeño poppers while the disc jockey spun some early Michael Jackson Aug. 4 at McChord's Clubs and Community Center as part of First Friday. 

Roger Davis, 62nd Services Squadron deputy chief of services, said the monthly event is a good way to boost Airmen's morale. 

"People just don't get a chance to relax too much," said Mr. Davis. "First Friday gives everyone a chance to let their hair down in a total relaxed atmosphere."
Several Airmen agreed with Mr. Davis. 

"The socializing, the food, the music -- it's a good way to unwind after a long, hard week," said Master Sgt. Reneece Huntley, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. 

Tech. Sgt. Dan King, 62nd Maintenance Squadron, said he heard about First Friday via

"It makes a statement that [base leadership is] trying to get everyone together," Sergeant King said. "It's fun to socialize [with everyone] in a non-work environment." 

In addition to free appetizers, there were also door prizes available to all attendees, Mr. Davis said. One enlisted Airman and one officer each received $100 credit on their club cards. T-shirts and glasses were also given away. 

More than 200 Airmen attended the two-hour social gathering, making it the best turnout so far, said Maj. Shawn Campbell, 62nd SVS commander. 

"The only problem we've had is keeping up with the crowds," Mr. Davis said. "Each week we do it, we get more people." 

Several Airmen in attendance said they planned on coming back for the next one.
"Whenever I can, I will support it," Sergeant Huntley said.