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June 18, 2015 at 11:48am

AFA presents annual golf tournament fundraiser

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The Air Force Association McChord Field Chapter 334 invites the public to register for its upcoming Airman Support Golf Tournament, Friday, July 17, at Eagle's Pride Golf Course, off exit 116.

The four-person scramble format golf tournament comprising two divisions - handicap and non-handicap - begins at 1 p.m., with registration starting at 11 a.m. Individual golfer registration is $90, which includes green fees, cart and a dinner that follows the tournament. Individual golfers will be paired up to form teams. There is a limit of 144 registered golfers. There will be a cash-payout to the top three teams in each division.

Money raised from this year's tournament will go toward the Airmen Support Fund; the Pilot for a Day program benefiting children with life threatening illnesses; Air Force Association scholarships to area youth attending college or enlisting in the Armed Forces; and the Daedalian Foundation's scholarship program, benefiting young men and women aspiring to become military pilots.

The tournament is followed by a dinner and then a raffle drawing. Eagle's Pride is catering the dinner with brats, burgers, salad and beans on the menu. Among the raffle prizes are two round-trip tickets to anywhere Alaska Airlinea flies, gift baskets, restaurant gift certificates and more.

"I really want participants to feel like they're supporting our airmen - that the day is really benefiting so many, right here in our midst," said Amy Tiemeyer, AFA president and military liaison for America's Credit Union. "They will have a lot of fun. A few of our sponsors will be on the course to encourage and support the tournament's good spirits. I really want our businesses to come golf with us. We (the AFA) do a lot to support the airmen here on JBLM; however, we could do a lot more."

Those interested can print off a registration form at

June 25, 2015 at 10:45am

Airman appreciation BBQ

The approximately 7,000 airmen at McChord Field - divided among active, reservists and Air National Guard - are frequently deployed and constantly in demand for various missions that require transporting soldiers to and from different locations.

The nature and frequency of these missions, of course, makes it hard to collect them all in one place to celebrate their accomplishments and service.

From 5-9 p.m. Monday, June 29, at Foss Waterway Seaport in Tacoma, the Air Force Association will present the Airmen Appreciation Night Barbecue Bash that will do just that.

"This is our way of saying, ‘Thank you for your service; we think you are amazing,'" said Amy Tiemeyer, president of the Air Force Association and military liaison at America's Credit Union.

Last year was the event's inaugural, held at Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock St. Tiemeyer said it was a great turnout, with more than 500 airmen and their families, plus dignitaries, in attendance.

This year's event will be much the same, featuring face painting for children; balloon animals; karaoke; and various vendor booths.

Mayors from different Pierce County communities will be in attendance, including Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland. Commanders from each airmen unit will also have the opportunity to speak and give their thanks.

Catering the evening event is the Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association.

"From the early morning hours on Tacoma's Thea Foss Waterway, a dozen or more competition cooks will be stoking the fires to prepare championship pulled pork sliders and luscious baby back ribs as the main course for that evening," said Pat Maddock, vice president of the PNBA. "Our competition chili cooking brethren will join in, too, providing some of their award-winning creation."

Maddock said for years the PNBA has operated a program called Feed the Troops. Organization members throughout the region raise funds for and hold a wide variety of events with the goal to provide competition-quality barbecue to servicemembers and their families, Maddock said.

"This is a great group of people," Tiemeyer said. "They are definitely donating both their time and resources."

Various organizations will bring side dishes and there will be free beer and wine.

The Airmen Appreciation Night Barbecue Bash is free to all active, Reserve and Air National Guard airmen and their families.

Event sponsors are Harborstone Credit Union, America's Credit Union, Lakewood Rotary, USAA, Quinault Beach Resort & Casino, Grand Canyon University and Titus Will.

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