Celebrating African American/Black History Month at Kunsan

by Senior Airman Taylor Curry, 8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Kunsan Air Base

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- February is African American/Black History month and the Wolf Pack celebrates at the Loring Club during the 70s game night, Feb. 21.

The 70s Game Night featured a spades tournament, dominoes, and a variety of board games.  Door prizes were given out and there was free food for everyone.  It was also the finale for the two-week scavenger hunt.  Col. Ken "Wolf" Ekman, 8th Fighter Wing commander and Chief Master Sgt. Lee "Wolf Chief" Barr, 8 FW command chief attended and handed out prizes for scavenger hunt winning teams.

"It was a great night and I enjoyed spending time with friends," said Staff Sgt. Kevin Thompson, 8th Medical Group Personnel Responsibility Program monitor.  "My spades partner and I won the spades tournament and I could not be more pleased with the way the night turned out."

Earlier in the month the committee prepared the Sunday meal for over 190 Airmen for the kick-off event and hosted an Island Paradise themed party.  

"The turnout for the kick-off was amazing!" said Master Sgt. Veronica Murphy, 8th Comptroller Squadron financial management analysis chief. "It's great to see so many people from many different regions come together to put something like this on. All the volunteers and members of our committee were up since this morning cooking, and they really did a phenomenal job."

Other events offered during the week are African American movies played at the Loring Club on Tuesdays and a chance to win gift cards at combat trivia on Thursdays featuring African American history.

"We [the committee] are excited to sponsor so many different events for February," said Master Sgt. Valda Wilson, 8 FW public affairs superintendent. "Our goal is to have some fun this month and educate the Wolf Pack on some African American history."

At the end of the month, there will be a musical/masquerade celebration on Feb. 28 at the Loring Club at 8 p.m. The musical performance will celebrate 100 years of music influenced by African American culture and will be performed by Wolf Pack Airmen. The masquerade party will follow.

"The musical and masquerade celebration will be our culminating event for the month," added Wilson. "Music influences so many things in the African American culture and I think it's a perfect ending to a great month of celebrating."

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