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A hot time in the hangar at the Combat Dining-In

More than 200 people turned out Friday night to take over an entire hangar for the Patrick Air Force Base/Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Combat Dining-In. The night was marked by camaraderie, water balloons, and a speech from retired Brig. Gen. Steve Ritchie, the only ace from the Vietnam War.

“We want you... to go to the grog bowl.” That might be what  Col. Stephen Butler, General Ritchie, Brig. Gen. Susan Helms and Command Chief Master Sgt. Dennis Vannorsdall, are saying. Must be time to report.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class David Dobrydney)

More than 200 people turned out Friday night to take over an entire hangar for the Patrick Air Force Base/Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Combat Dining-In. The night was marked by camaraderie, water balloons, and a speech from retired Brig. Gen. Steve Ritchie, the only ace from the Vietnam War. “We want you... to go to the grog bowl.” That might be what Col. Stephen Butler, General Ritchie, Brig. Gen. Susan Helms and Command Chief Master Sgt. Dennis Vannorsdall, are saying. Must be time to report. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class David Dobrydney)

More than 200 people turned out Friday night to take over an entire hangar for the Patrick Air Force Base/Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Combat Dining-In. The night was marked by camaraderie, water balloons, and a speech from retired Brig. Gen. Steve Ritchie, the only ace from the Vietnam War.

Just like any combat zone, you have to inprocess before entering.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class David Dobrydney)

More than 200 people turned out Friday night to take over an entire hangar for the Patrick Air Force Base/Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Combat Dining-In. The night was marked by camaraderie, water balloons, and a speech from retired Brig. Gen. Steve Ritchie, the only ace from the Vietnam War. Just like any combat zone, you have to inprocess before entering. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class David Dobrydney)

More than 200 people turned out Friday night to take over an entire hangar for the Patrick Air Force Base/Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Combat Dining-In. The night was marked by camaraderie, water balloons, and a speech from retired Brig. Gen. Steve Ritchie, the only ace from the Vietnam War.

Who gets to eat dinner first? That was decided on the “Tarmac of Honor” with a 
tricycle joust.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class David Dobrydney)

More than 200 people turned out Friday night to take over an entire hangar for the Patrick Air Force Base/Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Combat Dining-In. The night was marked by camaraderie, water balloons, and a speech from retired Brig. Gen. Steve Ritchie, the only ace from the Vietnam War. Who gets to eat dinner first? That was decided on the “Tarmac of Honor” with a tricycle joust. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class David Dobrydney)

More than 200 people turned out Friday night to take over an entire hangar for the Patrick Air Force Base/Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Combat Dining-In. The night was marked by camaraderie, water balloons, and a speech from retired Brig. Gen. Steve Ritchie, the only ace from the Vietnam War.

Tech. Sgt. Dawn Wolfe is full of glee as she prepares the fearsome grog bowl. Commit any infraction, and the guilty party must run the obstacle course to the bowl and drink.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class David Dobrydney)

More than 200 people turned out Friday night to take over an entire hangar for the Patrick Air Force Base/Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Combat Dining-In. The night was marked by camaraderie, water balloons, and a speech from retired Brig. Gen. Steve Ritchie, the only ace from the Vietnam War. Tech. Sgt. Dawn Wolfe is full of glee as she prepares the fearsome grog bowl. Commit any infraction, and the guilty party must run the obstacle course to the bowl and drink. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class David Dobrydney)