Medical dominates in Grissom’s first annual corn-hole tournament.

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  • By Staff Sgt. Jami K. Lancette
  • 434th ARW Public Affairs
With a flick of a wrist and the spin of canvas bags of corn, competitors fought, taunted and clawed their way through bracket after bracket, until there was but one -- or two in this case.

Members of the 434th Air Refueling Wing joined together July 14 at Chocks community center for a corn hole tournament, crowning victors from both a unit and spouse category.

“When we started planning this tournament this is exactly what I wanted,” said Col. Larry Shaw, 434th Air Refueling Wing commander. “I saw camaraderie, I saw banter; I saw spouses, I saw families, I saw people having fun and that’s what it was all about, connecting with our fellow Airmen.

“The only thing I’d change is that I should have won,” he laughed.

In a nail biting finish, it was Grissom’s 434th Aerospace Medicine Squadron that surgically cut through the competition and carved up the 434th Force Support Squadron to claim the title.

“We were very excited for the win,” said Senior Master Sgt. Robert Laviolette, 434th Aerospace Medicine Squadron healthcare administrative superintendent. “We knew our squadron was banking on us for the win.”

What the 434th Civil Engineers couldn’t do what their spouses could. The CES spouses buried the 434th Air Refueling spouses.
With corn hole in action, services also provided a disc jockey and picnic style food for Airmen to enjoy while cheering on their squadrons.

“It’s cool to have these types of competitive games amongst each other and to be able just to relax, have fun and win,” said Laviolette. “Its good morale and fun was had by all.”

The 434th ARW is the largest KC-135R Stratotanker unit in the Air Force Reserve Command. The Citizen Airmen from the Hoosier Wing routinely deploy around the world in support of the Air Force mission.

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