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Ellsworth kicks off summer with base picnic

Airmen participate in a game of cornhole during the annual base picnic outside the Dakota’s Club at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., June 22, 2018. The purpose of the base picnic was to thank the members of Ellsworth for their hard work, as well as celebrate the start of summer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Randahl Jenson)

Airmen participate in a game of cornhole during the annual base picnic outside the Dakota’s Club at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., June 22, 2018. The purpose of the base picnic was to thank the members of Ellsworth for their hard work, as well as celebrate the start of summer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Randahl Jenson)

Senior Master Sgt. Edward Mueller, 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron superintendent of fuels management, falls into a dunk tank during the annual base picnic outside the Dakota’s Club on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., June 22, 2018. The dunk tank event was part of the Air Force Ball Dunk-a-Leader fundraiser, which involved nominating base leadership to be dunked in a tank of water, and the money raised from the event will go toward the base’s 2018 Air Force Ball in September. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Randahl J. Jenson)

Senior Master Sgt. Edward Mueller, 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron superintendent of fuels management, falls into a dunk tank during the annual base picnic outside the Dakota’s Club on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., June 22, 2018. The dunk tank event was part of the Air Force Ball Dunk-a-Leader fundraiser, which involved nominating base leadership to be dunked in a tank of water, and the money raised from the event will go toward the base’s 2018 Air Force Ball in September. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Randahl J. Jenson)

Ellsworth Airmen and their families eat and socialize during the annual base picnic inside the Dakota’s Club at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., June 22, 2018. The picnic provided Airmen the opportunity to take a break from work while enjoying a free lunch and various activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Randahl J. Jenson)

Ellsworth Airmen and their families eat and socialize during the annual base picnic inside the Dakota’s Club at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., June 22, 2018. The picnic provided Airmen the opportunity to take a break from work while enjoying a free lunch and various activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Randahl J. Jenson)

Airmen and their families go through a line to get a free barbeque lunch during the annual base picnic inside the Dakota’s Club on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., June 22, 2018. The lunch was sponsored by local businesses and organizations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Randahl J. Jenson)

Airmen and their families go through a line to get a free barbeque lunch during the annual base picnic inside the Dakota’s Club on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., June 22, 2018. The lunch was sponsored by local businesses and organizations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Randahl J. Jenson)

Ellsworth Airmen and their families took part in the annual base picnic at the Dakota’s Club June 22, 2018.

More than 150 community members were treated to a free barbecue lunch and deserts, all while socializing with other families.

“We put on this event as a way to thank the Airmen and their families for their hard work and dedication to the base,” said Carrie Brewer, 28th Force Support Squadron marketing director. “It also serves as a way to bring people together and just celebrate the start of summer.”

Families also participated in a variety of activities to include bouncy castles, family kickball, soccer darts and bubble soccer.

“I’m really glad we get the opportunity to come out and do events like this for our Airmen,” said Chief Master Sgt. Carl Petermann, 28th Maintenance Squadron superintendent. “It’s good to take a break and get away from work for a little bit.”

In addition to the food and activities, Airmen also partook in the Air Force Ball Dunk-a-Leader fundraiser, which involved nominating base leadership to be dunked in a tank of water. The money raised will go toward the base’s 2018 Air Force Ball fund.

“I’m always up for helping raise money for a good cause,” Petermann said. “Especially for a heritage event like the Air Force Ball.”