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2nd Annual "Taste of McEntire" Celebrates Diversity

Staff Sgt. Sachet Ratulowski with the 169th Maintenance Operations Flight, Staff Sgt. Sherryl Linkous with the 169th Medical Group and Tech. Sgt. Jessica Guiry with Joint Force Headquarters at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., serve traditional Asian-American and Pacific Islander style dishes during the second annual ?Taste of McEntire? event held in the base canteen Sept. 9, 2012. Members celebrated the diverse cultural backgrounds of their peers and were able to experience foods from different cultures including African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American, Pacific Islander and even military moms.
(National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Caycee Watson/Released)

Staff Sgt. Sachet Ratulowski with the 169th Maintenance Operations Flight, Staff Sgt. Sherryl Linkous with the 169th Medical Group and Tech. Sgt. Jessica Guiry with Joint Force Headquarters at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., serve traditional Asian-American and Pacific Islander style dishes during the second annual "Taste of McEntire" event held in the base canteen Sept. 9, 2012. Members celebrated the diverse cultural backgrounds of their peers and were able to experience foods from different cultures including African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American, Pacific Islander and even military moms. (National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Caycee Watson/Released)

MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, South Carolina --      The 169th Fighter Wing hosted its second annual "Taste of McEntire" event Sept. 8, 2012, in the base canteen. After last year's event was such a tremendous success, personnel were invited to join the Diversity Committee once again to experience some of the diversity of their peers. 
    
     Staff Sgt. Christina Anderson, an Intel Analyst with the 157th Operations Support Flight, attended the festivities and says she enjoys the "Taste of McEntire" because it is a great way to learn about the different cultures and backgrounds of the people that work at McEntire. "And the food is fantastic."
    
     The "Taste of McEntire" proved to be a huge success again this year, attracting members who were excited to experience foods that the different groups prepared to showcase their unique cultures. This year, there were displays representing Hispanic-American, Asian-American, Pacific Islander, African-American and even military moms. Because, who doesn't like a good PB&J now and then!?
    
     This event is important for more reasons than the great food and entertainment. "Diversity is a strength," says Col. Mike Hudson, Commander of the 169th Fighter Wing. "Look around, we are diverse," speaking on McEntire as a group of people. "The military is fortunate to not be limited by diversity. The current and upcoming leadership we have now is diverse. It adds strength," he stated.
    
     Plans are already in the making with the Diversity Committee for next year's "Taste of McEntire". Staff Sgt. Sherryl Linkous, the committee's president is hoping to involve more groups, performers and hopefully a guest speaker. If you are interested in being a part of this important, educational and entertaining piece of Swamp Fox pride, feel free to contact her or any of the Diversity Committee, which is also affiliated through the 5/6 council.