The 17th Annual Polar Bear Plunge

Members of the 312th Training Squadron, winners of this year’s trophy, stand with the 17th Force Support Squadron Polar Bear at the Polar Bear Plunge event at Lake Nasworthy, in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 24, 2018. The trophy was awarded to the unit with the most participants in the plunge portion of the event on the lake. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Members of the 312th Training Squadron, winners of this year’s trophy, stand with the 17th Force Support Squadron Polar Bear at the Polar Bear Plunge event at Lake Nasworthy, in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 24, 2018. The trophy was awarded to the unit with the most participants in the plunge portion of the event on the lake. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Army Pvt. Crecencio Yennie, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion trainee, swims in Lake Nasworthy after a second plunge during the Polar Bear Plunge event hosted by the 17th Force Support Squadron at Lake Nasworthy in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 24, 2018. Being a Minnesota native, Yennie said he found the water refreshing and not at all that cold. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Army Pvt. Crecencio Yennie, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion trainee, swims in Lake Nasworthy after a second plunge during the Polar Bear Plunge event hosted by the 17th Force Support Squadron at Lake Nasworthy in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 24, 2018. Being a Minnesota native, Yennie said he found the water refreshing and not at all that cold. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Alex Ganster, 17th Training Group commander, and U.S. Army Lt. Col. Yukio Kuniyuki, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion commanding officer, take the first jump into Lake Nasworthy to start the swim portion of the Polar Bear Plunge in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 24, 2018. Despite it being 72 degrees out, many participants said that the water was chilly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Alex Ganster, 17th Training Group commander, and U.S. Army Lt. Col. Yukio Kuniyuki, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion commanding officer, take the first jump into Lake Nasworthy to start the swim portion of the Polar Bear Plunge in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 24, 2018. Despite it being 72 degrees out, many participants said that the water was chilly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Stein, 17th Training Group superintendent, and Col. Alex Ganster, 17th TRG commander, represent the 17th TRG during the Polar Bear Plunge event hosted by the 17th Force Support Squadron at Lake Nasworthy in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 24, 2018. After taking the plunge, service members could warm up by a fire while roasting s’mores. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Stein, 17th Training Group superintendent, and Col. Alex Ganster, 17th TRG commander, represent the 17th TRG during the Polar Bear Plunge event hosted by the 17th Force Support Squadron at Lake Nasworthy in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 24, 2018. After taking the plunge, service members could warm up by a fire while roasting s’mores. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Competitors race in the 17th annual Polar Bear Plunge event hosted by the 17th Force Support Squadron around Lake Nasworthy in San Angelo, Texas Feb. 24, 2018. This is the second year that the event has included a run before the swim. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Competitors race in the 17th annual Polar Bear Plunge event hosted by the 17th Force Support Squadron around Lake Nasworthy in San Angelo, Texas Feb. 24, 2018. This is the second year that the event has included a run before the swim. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Alex Ganster, 17th Training Group commander, and U.S. Army Lt. Col. Yukio Kuniyuki, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion commanding officer, pour ice into Lake Nasworthy to kick off the swim portion of the Polar Bear Plunge event hosted by the 17th Force Support Squadron in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 24, 2018. Service members and their families had the opportunity to brave the water and compete for the coveted trophy of most participants from a unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Alex Ganster, 17th Training Group commander, and U.S. Army Lt. Col. Yukio Kuniyuki, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion commanding officer, pour ice into Lake Nasworthy to kick off the swim portion of the Polar Bear Plunge event hosted by the 17th Force Support Squadron in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 24, 2018. Service members and their families had the opportunity to brave the water and compete for the coveted trophy of most participants from a unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE RECREACTION CAMP, Texas --

The 17th Force Support Squadron hosted the Polar Bear Plunge swim and run Feb. 24, at the Goodfellow Air Force Base Recreation Camp in San Angelo, Texas.

This marks the 17th year for the event, and the second year with the run. The event centered around the “plunge” where members jump into the cold lake and race across the water. Other activities included painting ceramic figurines and a s’mores party by a fire to warm up.

Col. Alex Ganster, 17th Training Group commander, and Lt. Col. Yukio Kuniyuki, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion commanding officer, kicked off the swim with the traditional dumping of ice in the lake before taking the plunge themselves.

Champions from last year, the Army, lost the largest participants trophy to the 312th Training Squadron, although they did represent by having members win both male and female trophies for fastest runners during the event.

“I thought we had it this year,” said Pvt. Crecencio Yennie, 344th MI BN trainee. “We brought pretty much everyone we had out with us. Being from Minnesota, the water was very refreshing, not that cold. I jumped in a second time just to enjoy it.”

A variety of service members and their families came out to enjoy the festivities, including commanders, chiefs and trainees.

“This was awesome, it was a great day for it,” said Airman 1st Class Bodie McLin, 312th TRS trainee. “We had a good turnout, it was pretty much perfect.”

Despite the water being cold, a 72 degree day made it easier for the competitors to warm up after taking the plunge.

“This has been a tradition for the base for many years,” said Ganster. “In previous years it hasn’t been as nice out as it was today, but we always get a big group of people who come out.”