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Airmen relish food truck festival

Airmen and their families enjoy the free attractions at the 2018 Fairchild Food Truck Festival, Aug. 28, 2018, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Hundreds of base residents swarmed the fields near Heritage Park for the festival where they enjoyed free food, rides and could win prizes for participation with visiting vendors. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

Airmen and their families enjoy the free attractions at the 2018 Fairchild Food Truck Festival, Aug. 28, 2018, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Hundreds of base residents swarmed the fields near Heritage Park for the festival where they enjoyed free food, rides and could win prizes for participation with visiting vendors. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

Airmen from the 92nd Comptroller Squadron pose for a group photo at the 2018 Fairchild Food Truck Festival, Aug. 28, 2018, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. The yearly base picnic is typically held at the end of the summer as a way of giving back to hard-working Airmen for the busy summer months. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

Airmen from the 92nd Comptroller Squadron pose for a group photo at the 2018 Fairchild Food Truck Festival, Aug. 28, 2018, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. The yearly base picnic is typically held at the end of the summer as a way of giving back to hard-working Airmen for the busy summer months. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

An Airman tries an ice cream sample at the 2018 Fairchild Food Truck Festival, Aug. 28, 2018, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. The food truck festival afforded the chance for Team Fairchild to get a taste of local Spokane food. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

An Airman tries an ice cream sample at the 2018 Fairchild Food Truck Festival, Aug. 28, 2018, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. The food truck festival afforded the chance for Team Fairchild to get a taste of local Spokane food. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

Airmen sample various foods from around the Spokane area at the 2018 Fairchild Food Truck Festival, Aug. 28, 2018, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Team Fairchild hosted 11 food trucks that provided free samples to Airmen and families. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

Airmen sample various foods from around the Spokane area at the 2018 Fairchild Food Truck Festival, Aug. 28, 2018, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Team Fairchild hosted 11 food trucks that provided free samples to Airmen and families. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

A volunteer spins cotton candy for base children at the 2018 Fairchild Food Truck Festival, Aug. 28, 2018, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Festival attendees enjoyed free food, rides and could win prizes for participation with visiting vendors. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

A volunteer spins cotton candy for base children at the 2018 Fairchild Food Truck Festival, Aug. 28, 2018, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Festival attendees enjoyed free food, rides and could win prizes for participation with visiting vendors. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

Kids enjoy free cotton candy at the 2018 Fairchild Food Truck Festival, Aug. 28, 2018, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. The base has a decades-long history of offering a yearly picnic for its Airmen, but members of the 92nd Force Support Squadron reached out to the local community to make it better with the first Food Truck Festival in 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

Kids enjoy free cotton candy at the 2018 Fairchild Food Truck Festival, Aug. 28, 2018, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. The base has a decades-long history of offering a yearly picnic for its Airmen, but members of the 92nd Force Support Squadron reached out to the local community to make it better with the first Food Truck Festival in 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lieutenant Kyle Diaz, 92nd Logistics Readiness Squadron material management flight commander, gets dunked by a festival-goer at the 2018 Fairchild Food Truck Festival, Aug. 28, 2018, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Base leaders volunteered for the dunk tank attraction to help raise money toward the 2018 Air Force Ball. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lieutenant Kyle Diaz, 92nd Logistics Readiness Squadron material management flight commander, gets dunked by a festival-goer at the 2018 Fairchild Food Truck Festival, Aug. 28, 2018, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Base leaders volunteered for the dunk tank attraction to help raise money toward the 2018 Air Force Ball. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- 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.