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The 3rd annual Base 2 Base March commenced on May 21, with four dozen participants undertaking a 22-hour, 47-mile ruck march from the Delaware Air National Guard headquarters in New Castle to the Dover Air Force Base. And the money raised - over $1000 this year alone - goes to the USO!
“I would love for deployed servicemembers to see we are thinking of them every day,” Tech. Sgt. David Jackson told Master Sgt. Jake Chappelle of 512th AW Public Affairs. “We may be bruised and blistered today, but they do this all the time. This (Base 2 Base March) is just a way of showing our appreciation for what they do.”
“The USO Delaware is thrilled that Sergeant Jackson has honored us with his Base 2 Base March,” said Joan Cote, USO Delaware director. “It brings awareness about the USO and also provides funding to support his military peers. It’s pretty remarkable that this Air Force member takes time away from his family life after a hectic work schedule to coordinate and complete this incredible event year after year. I don’t think many people realize what a difficult task the march is. That’s pretty impressive.”
This event would not have been possible without the dedicated walkers, volunteers, and other folks who made it possible. It was tough going at times, but those who completed the walk all crossed the finish line together, showing that teamwork and support make anything possible. Way to go!
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