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13th annual golf outing

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- The Rosecrans Chief's Association and Family Support Group will join forces June 24, in the 13th Annual Golf Outing at Fairview Golf Course here.

The Chief's Association is made up 20 chief master sergeants assigned to the 139th Airlift Wing. They are an unfunded private organization that raises money through dues and proceeds from their annual golf tournament.

The golf outing is comprised of current and retired members of the 139th and their guests along with their sponsors who are paired up with military personnel to enhance community partnership.

Over the years, the event has morphed into a fun golf outing that complies with the Air Force's views on private organizations and fund raising activities, said Chief Master Sgt. William Thomas, 139th Logistics Readiness Squadron.

Prizes donated from local sponsors are awarded to lucky individuals during a drawing. The team with the best score along with the team with the worst score are recognized and awarded a special prize.

"Our sponsors from the community donate funds and gifts for our drawings," said Thomas. He said that in return, we (chiefs) print signs with their company or group name and place them on each tee box at the golf course so all players can see who is supporting our event.

Thomas serves as the President of Rosecrans Chiefs Association. Thomas says that the Chiefs and Family Group volunteers provide burgers and hot dogs throughout the day for all players as they pass the 10th tee box.

"We always have a great showing from our retirees and also from Wing leadership," said Thomas. "We want everyone to come out and enjoy themselves and have a great time."