374th MSG hosts combat dining-in

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  • By Airman 1st Class Natalie Doan
  • 374th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Airmen from the 374th Mission Support Group and Japan Air Self-Defense Force came together for an evening of camaraderie and competition during a combat dining-in at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Sept. 15, 2023.

A combat dining-in is a time-honored military tradition designed to strengthen unity among service members as they celebrate their collective accomplishments. This year's event was no exception as attendees donned various combinations of battle dress to engage in a water war.

The event began with opening remarks from Col. Ryan Vetter, 374th MSG commander, who expressed his gratitude to the Airmen of the 374th MSG.

“We're close to the end of the summer, and I just want to thank you for all the hard work you do on a day-to-day basis,” said Vetter. “We had some huge exercises, so I want us to take some time to have fun, enjoy each other's company, and have a little war.”

After opening remarks, attendees at the combat dining-in took a moment to honor those who have fallen in the line of duty as well as those who are currently serving on the front lines. They then enjoyed a meal provided by the staff of the 374th Force Support Squadron before commencing battle.

Airman 1st Class Peter Iannuzzo, 374th Contracting Squadron contracting specialist, was one of the many Airmen who participated in the combat dining-in and hopes to attend another one in the future.

“I really enjoyed the combat dining-in,” said Iannuzzo. “It was a great way for members from different squadrons to come together, have some fun, and build new relationships. In regards to group functions, I feel like it was the best event I've been to.”

The 374th MSG is responsible for the command, control, and direction of support activities for the 374th Airlift Wing and 32 other tenant units. It oversees quality-of-life programs for 11,000 military and civilian personnel and manages over $4.3 billion in assets.