December 8, 2010
AFROTC Combat Dining In Builds Morale, Esprit De Corps
More than 75 AFROTC cadets participated in the Samford detachment's annual Combat Dining In Dec. 4.
The ceremony is believed to date from the time of the Roman legions, when military commanders frequently held banquets to honor individuals and units.
According to Air Force guidelines, the primary purpose of the Combat Dining In is to enhance unit morale and esprit de corps. It offers cadets an opportunity to experience how ceremony, customs and traditions build these traits.
Samford's version featured creative activities for attendees such as the "presentation of the grog," an obstacle course and a water fight. Also included was a tribute to fallen airmen and a POW/MIA table presentation.
"We held a combat dining in to bring the wing together and boost morale overall -- let our hair down a bit and remember that we play as hard as we work," said Capt. Eric Peele, Samford ROTC Operations Flight Commander. "It was awesome to see the cadets having fun together while honoring the great things that we do every day."
"The obstacle course was the best part of the event," said Cadet Ian Hudson, Wing Commander for Detachment 012. "Overall, the camaraderie and enjoyment during the event was excellent."