Airmen relish food truck festival

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  • By By Senior Airman Ryan Lackey
  • 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
Airmen and their families celebrated the end of summer and took a welcome break from the work day to come out to the Team Fairchild Food Truck Festival near Fairchild Air Force Base Heritage Park, Aug. 28, 2018.

Tad Miles, 92nd Force Support Squadron Red Morgan Center manager and organizer for the event, helped kick off the fun by welcoming attendees to the second food truck festival at Fairchild.

“We wanted to do something different than the same park picnic that we’ve done for over twenty years,” Miles said. “We reached out a couple years ago to the Greater Spokane Food Truck Association to try something different by giving Airmen a taste of what Spokane offered, and this year built on that success to be even bigger than before.”

Attractions included free samples from 11 food trucks, a dunk tank, carnival bounce houses, jumbo-sized lawn games, outdoor pool access, sponsor booths and prizes for attendees.

“When you work in a building with few windows, it’s awesome to get outside during the workday for some fun,” said Airman 1st Class Jada Murrah, 92nd Comptroller Squadron financial operations technician. “It’s great to be a part of everyone having a good time, and is another reason I enjoy Air Force life.”

Spokane and other local communities have long shown support for the base, its Airmen and their mission. Encouraged by the turn-out of local support from the first food truck festival in 2016, the base was surprised by the even greater turn-out this year.

“The base is its own little isolated world and it’s easy to not realize what’s around [in the community],” Miles said. “The benefit of bringing in food trucks and local base sponsors is to connect Airmen with those they swore to help and defend in the local area with good eats, fun and socializing.”

Taking care of Airmen and their families is paramount to showing appreciation for the hard work they do to make the mission happen and ensure Team Fairchild remains mission ready, 365 days a year.