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D-M 50 hosts picnic for Desert Lightning Team

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. -- Food, fun, laughter and friends. That is what the D-M 50 Picnic was all about Saturday at Bama Park.

"The most important ingredients to any good time are the people," said Staff Sgt. Ivan Jasper, 355th Maintenance Group quality assurance inspector and volunteer for the event.

The event was a success with the help of Sergeant Jasper and over 300 other volunteers.

"The best thing about the picnic was the tremendous effort by the volunteers," said Senior Master Sgt. Scott Baggett, 355th Operations Support Squadron complex chief controller. "They gave up their time and worked hard and enthusiastically, not just during the picnic, but the days before and after."

The picnic featured fun events for all ages; softball and volleyball games for the adults, clowns and face painting for the children, free Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center tours, a Martial Arts demonstration and a Military Working Dog Demonstration.

The weather was ideal for a gathering of this magnitude and volunteers found moments away from their tasks to enjoy themselves. One volunteer had volunteered for past picnics in addition to this year's picnic.

"Previous D-M 50 Picnics were great experiences and I thought this time would be a great opportunity to give back," said Sergeant Jasper. "This year was no different and just as much fun as a volunteer."

The event planners ensured every detail was well-rehearsed and the event kicked off without a hitch.

"1st Lt. Sheilia Arseo and Master Sgt. Domingo Laborin deserve the most credit for making the D-M 50 picnic a success," said Col. Hal Hoxie, 355th Mission Support Group commander. "They worked many days coordinating the event starting at least 90 days prior. They did an excellent job."

For those wishing to get involved in future volunteer projects, the benefits make it worthwhile.

"When the opportunity presents itself to volunteer - jump at it," said Sergeant Jasper. "The experience broadens your perspective of the D-M community and makes you feel more in tune with it."

The D-M 50 hosted the event at no cost to the base.

"This is a great event for the D-M 50 to put on for the base," said Col. Kent Laughbaum, 355th Wing commander. "We're fortunate to have such strong support from the Tucson community."