Airmen in your community: Lunch with a veteran

2013-11-18T00:00:00Z Airmen in your community: Lunch with a veteranAirman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Arizona Daily Star

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Fifteen Airmen sat with veterans for a luncheon hosted by Atria Bell Court Gardens Retirement Community in Tucson, Ariz., Nov. 13.

Joan Smith, the community’s engaged life director, connected with D-M to make the event happen.

“I contacted [355th Public Affairs office] about getting volunteers from the base,” Smith said. “When she told me how many were coming, I was surprised. Event's like this honor the veterans’ service, and the Airmen’s attendance added a special element to the event.”

The luncheon started with the D-M Honor Guard presenting the colors while the attendees sang the national anthem. Afterward, the veterans and Airmen honored all of the military branches by singing each service’s song followed by a barbecue where Airmen had the chance to talk with the veterans.

“I think this was great,” said Chief Master Sgt. Michael Wall, retired operational readiness inspector. “I learned a lot myself. The Airmen took time to cooperate and understand the older generations.”

Airmen were proud and honored to have the opportunity to spend time with the individuals that paved the way for them.

“This is a good way to give back to them,” said Senior Airman Chad Cahill, 355th Civil Engineering Squadron structural journeyman. “This gives them company that they wouldn’t normally have unless they have family close by.”

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Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, known as “D-M” to our neighbors, is home to the 355th Fighter Wing, the premier air combat base for all Air Force A-10 C fighter aircraft training. Davis-Monthan is also home to other vital Department of Defense units including 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), 55th Electronic Combat Group, 563rd Rescue Group and the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, nicknamed “The Boneyard.”

Davis-Monthan is located within the city limits of Tucson, Ariz., and has been an integral part of the Tucson community since its dedication in 1927. In fiscal year 2012, Davis-Monthan circulated approximately $1.1 billion ($1.6 billion including retirees) into the local community and created 4,687 jobs in Tucson. The more than 10,800 personnel, who are assigned and employed at Davis-Monthan, live, work and educate their children in the Tucson metropolitan area. Nearly 75 percent of our 7,537 military service members live off base.

D-M Airmen are proud to serve their country, deploying to nearly every corner of the globe. At any given time 500 or more are deployed in support of worldwide operations. D-M Airmen are also proud to call Tucson home. The valuable relationship with the Tucson community and Southern Arizona supporters helps us achieve our missions.

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