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ACE and First Four to host Combat Palooza


For Airman Appreciation day, Sept. 1, Combat Palooza, a free social event is scheduled to precede the Staff Social.

CP is scheduled to begin in the fields around the Taiyo Community Center at 9:30 a.m. Transportation will be provided from the east side movie theater as well as the Enlisted Club and Officer’s Club.

CP will be an authorized duty location with events scheduled for most of the day to include: live music, volleyball, corn hole, dodgeball, flag football, tug-of-war, and capture-the-flag style team water combat.

Free food will be provided as well as free childcare at the Taiyo CC for the event, said Airman 1st Class Aiesha Vaichus, 374th Medical Group release of information technician and Airmen Committed to Excellence morale committee lead.

“We’re going to have a water combat with people split up into four teams assigned randomly,” Vaichus said. “We’re going to have a bucket with four different colors. Whatever color you pull out will be your assigned team. You’re going to be working with people you’ve never seen before. By the end of the game, you’re going to be covered in all different colors. The rounds are going to be short, but you can go again by getting another ticket which is free.

“It’s going to be pretty cool – being able to get out there and work with others.”

Though the event is part of Airman Appreciation day, CP is open to anyone on base as the spirit of the event is social-integration across the different organizations.

“When we started this event our goal was to encompass the social pillar of Comprehensive Airmen Fitness between the groups, squadrons, and individual Airmen,” said Senior Airman Casandra Hibbert, 374th MDG dermatology technician and Yokota First Four vice president. “We’re having this event not only to boost morale throughout the base, but also strengthen unit cohesion. It will give the people at Yokota Air Base a chance to get to know the men and women who are serving alongside them each day.”

After the event, the Staff Social is scheduled at the Taiyo Community Center.

“Everything’s been going really well and all the Airmen on the committee have been participating just as much as day one,” Vaichus said. “I’m going to be nervous until it’s over but I think it’s going to be fun and I’m excited to go up and participate too. I think everyone should try to make it out there.”