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Top-3, MAC, honor junior enlisted during 28th annual picnic

Stu Smith, Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Council chair; thanks each branch of the military service during the 28th annual Junior Enlisted Appreciation Picnic June 17, 2016, at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. The MAC is an all-volunteer group of the Chamber Partners from the local Space Coast area, both military and civilian, who work together to better both communities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Matthew S. Jurgens/Released)

Stu Smith, Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Council chair; thanks each branch of the military service during the 28th annual Junior Enlisted Appreciation Picnic June 17, 2016, at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. The MAC is an all-volunteer group of the Chamber Partners from the local Space Coast area, both military and civilian, who work together to better both communities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Matthew S. Jurgens/Released)

Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing commander; and Chief Master Sgt. Jason Lamoureux, 45th SW command chief, (far right) congratulate Airman 1st Class Nicholas McGaughey and Airman 1st Class Christopher Thornton, on their Below-the-Zone promotion during the Junior Enlisted Appreciation Picnic June 17, 2016, at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Below-the-Zone is a competitive early promotion program offered to enlisted U.S. Air Force personnel in the grade of Airman 1st Class/E-3. This early promotion opportunity is restricted to elite Airmen who stand out from their peers and perform duties at a level above their current rank. (U.S. Air Force photo/Matthew S. Jurgens/Released)

Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing commander; and Chief Master Sgt. Jason Lamoureux, 45th SW command chief, (far right) congratulate Airman 1st Class Nicholas McGaughey and Airman 1st Class Christopher Thornton, on their Below-the-Zone promotion during the Junior Enlisted Appreciation Picnic June 17, 2016, at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Below-the-Zone is a competitive early promotion program offered to enlisted U.S. Air Force personnel in the grade of Airman 1st Class/E-3. This early promotion opportunity is restricted to elite Airmen who stand out from their peers and perform duties at a level above their current rank. (U.S. Air Force photo/Matthew S. Jurgens/Released)

Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing commander, welcomes attendees to the 2016 Junior Enlisted Appreciation Picnic June 17, 2016, at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. The commander thanked the council and the local community for their ongoing support to all service members and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo/Matthew S. Jurgens/Released)

Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing commander, welcomes attendees to the 2016 Junior Enlisted Appreciation Picnic June 17, 2016, at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. The commander thanked the council and the local community for their ongoing support to all service members and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo/Matthew S. Jurgens/Released)

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

Service members from all military branches were invited to attended the 28th Annual Junior Enlisted Appreciation Picnic June 17, 2016, at the Tides Club at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. The Space Coast Top-3 and Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Council hosted the event, which was open to all military services E-6 and below.

During the Junior Enlisted Appreciation Picnic, both joint-service enlisted personnel, were honored, thanked and recognized for their individual contributions. Many leaders from the 45th Space Wing and mission partners worked the grill and serving lines to thank them in person for what they 'bring to the fight.'

The enlisted personnel played games, won prizes and were cooked a picnic-style meal.