138th Combat Dining In builds unit camaraderie and promotes esprit de corps

Master Sgt. Jason Stockinger, 138th Communications Flight, seeks out other water fight participants during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base.  The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks.   (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)

Master Sgt. Jason Stockinger, 138th Communications Flight, seeks out other water fight participants during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base. The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks. (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Sarah Vroman, 138th Comptroller Flight, tosses water balloons at obstacle course participants during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base.  The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks.   (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Sarah Vroman, 138th Comptroller Flight, tosses water balloons at obstacle course participants during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base. The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks. (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)

Col. David Burgy, 138th Fighter Wing Commander, gets soaked with water as he completes the obstacle course during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base.  The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks.   (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)

Col. David Burgy, 138th Fighter Wing Commander, gets soaked with water as he completes the obstacle course during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base. The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks. (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)

Col. Rick Poplin, 138th Operations Group Commander, runs the obstacle course during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base.  The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks.   (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)

Col. Rick Poplin, 138th Operations Group Commander, runs the obstacle course during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base. The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks. (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Tom Payne, 138th Fighter Wing Command Chief, is struck by water balloons as he runs the obstacle course during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base.  The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks.   (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Tom Payne, 138th Fighter Wing Command Chief, is struck by water balloons as he runs the obstacle course during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base. The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks. (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)

Master Sgt. Jason Luper, 138th Medical Group 1st Sergeant, wears special eye protection while water fighting during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base.  The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks.   (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)

Master Sgt. Jason Luper, 138th Medical Group 1st Sergeant, wears special eye protection while water fighting during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base. The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks. (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)

Upon completing the obstacle course, Lt. Col. Ginger Turcotte, 138th Force Support Squadron Commander, toasts her airmen with a refreshing non-alcoholic beverage from the grog during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base.  The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks.   (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)

Upon completing the obstacle course, Lt. Col. Ginger Turcotte, 138th Force Support Squadron Commander, toasts her airmen with a refreshing non-alcoholic beverage from the grog during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base. The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks. (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)

Senior Master Sgt. Shannon Woods, 138th Logistics Readiness Squadron, receives some hydration during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base.  The wing's senior non-commissioned officer’s council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks.   (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)

Senior Master Sgt. Shannon Woods, 138th Logistics Readiness Squadron, receives some hydration during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base. The wing's senior non-commissioned officer’s council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks. (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)

Master Sgt. Michael Maloy, 138th Security Forces Squadron, earned male best dressed honors during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base.  The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks.   (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)

Master Sgt. Michael Maloy, 138th Security Forces Squadron, earned male best dressed honors during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base. The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks. (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)

Senior Airman Erin Crews (left), Airman 1st Class Natasha Applegate (center) and Master Sgt. Christine Cook (right) survey the festivities as they prepare to enter the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base.  The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks.   (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)
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Senior Airman Erin Crews (left), Airman 1st Class Natasha Applegate (center) and Master Sgt. Christine Cook (right) survey the festivities as they prepare to enter the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base. The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks. (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)

Master Sgt. Jerry Shaffer, 138th Logistics Readiness Squadron, is doused with water while running the obstacle course during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base.  The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks.   (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)
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Master Sgt. Jerry Shaffer, 138th Logistics Readiness Squadron, is doused with water while running the obstacle course during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base. The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks. (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)

Airman 1st Class Natasha Applegate, 138th Force Support Squadron, cringes from water being thrown on her while running the obstacle course during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base.  The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks.   (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)
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Airman 1st Class Natasha Applegate, 138th Force Support Squadron, cringes from water being thrown on her while running the obstacle course during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base. The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks. (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Paul Hammond, 138th Force Support Squadron, is doused with water while running the obstacle course during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base.  The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks.   (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)
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Chief Master Sgt. Paul Hammond, 138th Force Support Squadron, is doused with water while running the obstacle course during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base. The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks. (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)

Staff Sgt. Alan Williams, 138th Fighter Wing Chaplains Assistant, runs from people trying to soak him on the obstacle course during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base.  The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks.   (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)
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Staff Sgt. Alan Williams, 138th Fighter Wing Chaplains Assistant, runs from people trying to soak him on the obstacle course during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base. The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks. (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)

Lt. Col. Robin Cavanaugh, 138th Logistics Readiness Squadron Commander, traverses the obstacle course during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base.  The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks.   (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)
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Lt. Col. Robin Cavanaugh, 138th Logistics Readiness Squadron Commander, traverses the obstacle course during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base. The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks. (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)

Members from the 138th Communications Flight receive instructions and rules of the mess during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base.  The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks.   (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)
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Members from the 138th Communications Flight receive instructions and rules of the mess during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base. The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks. (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)

Staff Sgt. Alan Williams, 138th Fighter Wing Chaplains Assistant, enjoys a slice of pizza during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base.  The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks.   (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)
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Staff Sgt. Alan Williams, 138th Fighter Wing Chaplains Assistant, enjoys a slice of pizza during the 138th Fighter Wing's combat dining-in held Aug. 1, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base. The wing's senior non-commissioned officer's council sponsored the event as a way to enhance camaraderie and promote esprit de corps throughout the ranks. (U.S. National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark A. Moore/Released)

TULSA AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Okla. -- Upon the conclusion of Saturday's unit training assembly August 1, 2015, the 138th Fighter Wing Senior Non-Commissioned Officers Council sponsored a Combat Dining In.

Guardsmen of all ranks and ages from nearly every organization on base donned their wacky uniforms, filled up their water balloons and super soakers and gathered to participate in the festive event.

Traditions were adhered to with formal toast, the president of the mess offered a message and established the rules of the mess.

"The folks that attended had a blast, I wish more would have participated, so everyone could have enjoyed the event," stated Chief Master Sergeant Tom Payne, 138th Fighter Wing Command Chief. 

"Our intent was to help to build esprit de corps among the ranks all over base.  There's a great deal of camaraderie within individual units, and we wanted to create an opportunity for that to better spread across unit lines throughout the wing," said Master Sergeant Kathryn Brown, 138th SNCO Council Vice President.    "We just wanted to have an event with little formality that everyone could attend and have fun, and what better way to do that than a free for all water fight."

Prizes were given for the best female and male wardrobe.  Master Sergeant Shanell Woodson, 138th Maintenance Squadron, won a $50 prize for best female, while Master Sergeant Michael Maloy was awarded a $50 prize for best male.  Additionally, some $25 door prizes were handed out periodically over the course of the event.

"This was actually my 3rd combat dining in, and anyone who missed this event missed a time to really let loose with their brothers in arms and enjoy each other for the warriors that we really are," said MSgt Jason Stockinger, 138th Communications Flight.

Combat dining-ins have become increasingly popular over the years with far less formality than traditional dining-ins.  Although the format and sequence roughly resembles a traditional event, the program is at the discretion of the planning committee with no standard rule or protocol.