Fairchild hosts CMSAF Binnicker 9K Memorial Run
By Airman 1st Class Lawrence Sena, 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
/ Published September 27, 2018
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Airmen and civilian members participated in the CMSAF Binnicker 9K Memorial Run benefitting the Air Force Enlisted Village at Miller Park here Sept. 22, 2018.
The Air Force Sergeant’s Association hosted the event in honor of Chief Master Sgt. James Binncker, who served as the ninth Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force, was the CEO of the Air Force Enlisted Village from 2000 through 2015 and is credited for building the foundation of what the AFEV stands for.
“Chief Binnicker was pretty instrumental in what you see in the Air Force Enlisted Village today,” said Senior Master Sgt. Trey Horn, 92nd Operations Support Squadron superintendent. “He gave up his job in order to run the Air Force Enlisted Village because he believed in it, so what you see going on in the Air Force Enlisted Village today was all built upon Chief Binnicker and his actions.”
The AFEV is a nonprofit organization and its core mission is to provide a safe and secure home for surviving spouses of retired enlisted Airmen.
The AFEV has also opened its doors to providing services for retired Airmen in addition to its core mission, said Horn.
Fairchild is one of just 31 Air Force installations who have decided to support the event across the globe in honor of those in need, thus inspiring service members from other bases to participate in the event as well.
“We have had service members from other bases reach out to us on our social media asking how they can participate,” said Horn. “We’ve told them to sign up with us and run by making their own off-site Fairchild event. We would even send them the medals and coins for participating with us along with the details needed to create their own base event next year.”
Those who participated in the event received a medallion and commemorative event challenge coin displaying the celebration of 50 years of the AFEV’s commitment to serving surviving spouses of retired enlisted Airmen.