A Nation at War: the Joint Enlisted Dining-In
By Senior Airman Stephen Musal , 17th Training Wing Public Affairs
/ Published June 20, 2008
GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
The Goodfellow Event Center was packed to bursting June 12, as servicemembers from the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps joined together for the annual Joint Enlsited Dining-In.
This year's theme was A Nation At War. To reflect that theme, "warrior" uniforms were worn, and attendees were issued orders directing them to tables labeled by past conflicts: a guest might be sent to World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict or the Gulf War. Adorning each table was a description of the conflict as well as a reminder of each of the joint services' parts in winning that war.
Senior Master Sgt. Philip Neal, 17th Security Forces Squadron first sergeant, was the guest speaker at the event. During the evening, photos of deployed members of Team Goodfellow were displayed.
The dining-in is a formal military ceremony steeped in traditions from all branches of the military (the Marine Corps has a parallel tradition known as Mess Night). The tradition is intended to promote camaraderie and esprit de corps.