MacDILL AFB - Senior Airman Darrian Gordon spent a recent day grilling chicken. Lots of chicken. About 2,000 pieces of it.
In addition, he cooked more than 800 hot dogs for about 2,000 of his fellow servicemen as well as retired military personnel and a healthy doese of family members.
Gordon was one of the many volunteers who helped make the recent MacDill Day a day of fun, food, prizes and more.
"This was a great opportunity to do something for the base," said Gordon as took chicken off the grill. He said he volunteered to cook because he had worked for four years in food preparation before joining the service.
The event, with commercial sponsors from various companies and attractions in the community, is designed to give families a break from routine and have activities together.
Held June 27 at MacDill AFB Beach, the event included games, with prizes such as boxes of popcorn and insulated cups; booths of information from the sponsors with gifts of T-shirts and reusable tote bags; giant inflatables for the children; a dunk tank; and a barbecue dinner featuring chicken, hot dogs, cole slaw, beans and watermelon.
The band Lucky Penny provided entertainment along with Mike the Magician who showed tricks.
The event, held more than 10 years, also included an education component - a focus on safety, particularly around the water, with a 100 Critical Days of Summer theme.