On January 24th, 2015, Northshore Composite Squadron hosted its fourth annual Holiday Dining Out. The Holiday Dining Out is a treasured United States Air Force (USAF) tradition that brings together the members of the squadron to a formal dinner and dance to celebrate its own achievements and those of its members over the past year. As the Auxiliary of the USAF, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) squadrons are also able to follow in this valued tradition.
During the earlier portion of the evening, Northshore practiced both truly valuable and fun traditions. As with every year, time was taken to remember America’s fallen soldiers with the Prisoners of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) table. Color Guard members performed a symbolic ceremony that honored these men and women who have sacrificed so much for their country. Toasts were given to our Commander-in-chief, the four military branches, the CAP, and even the friends and family of Northshore.
A slightly more entertaining tradition that Northshore holds every year is the grog bowl. The grog is also a tradition the Air Force practices. The grog is a large bowl filled with various ingredients. Some of these ingredients included: Gatorade, Worcestershire sauce, marshmallows, and pickle juice. If a member is found breaking protocol, as punishment, they may be called to go forward and drink a full glass of the grog bowl. Many senior members and cadets fell victim to the grog bowl during the evening.
Once everyone had eaten a delicious meal, a few notable guests gave presentations. Of these guests were Washington Wing’s Commander, Colonel Jim Furlong, and one of Washington Wing’s former commanders, Colonel Ted Tax. Colonel Furlong and Colonel Tax also led a promotion ceremony for two cadet of Northshore as well as assisted in presenting awards to other outstanding cadets for their excellent contributions to the squadron.
Congratulations to the following cadets for their awards:
- ALPHA Flight Honor Cadet: C/SrA Drew Hitchcock
- BRAVO Flight Honor Cadet: C/SrA Billy Keogh
- Cadet Officer of the Year: C/1st Lt Ryan Bauman
- Cadet of the Year: C/1st Lt Ethan Reiniger
Once all of the formalities of the night came to an end, then opened a time for socializing and dancing. Overall, the Holiday Dining Out is a treasured tradition that Northshore holds dear to its heart. In the course of one evening, people have the chance to experience a beloved military tradition, see the successes of the squadron and its members, enjoy a wonderful meal, and enjoy the company of one another.
Interested in visiting? Come join us this Tuesday (US ARMY Reserve Center 130 228th ST SW Bothell, WA 98021). Guests are always welcome. Visit our website for more information (capnorthshore.org).
Article written by: C/1st Lt Ethan Reiniger