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Leadership from the 20th Fighter Wing sing “Happy Birthday” to Airmen during a birthday dinner at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., March 15, 2017. Monthly birthday dinners are an opportunity for Airmen to network with others and for their leadership to mentor them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)

Leadership from the 20th Fighter Wing sing “Happy Birthday” to Airmen during a birthday dinner at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., March 15, 2017. Monthly birthday dinners are an opportunity for Airmen to network with others and for their leadership to mentor them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Atricia Trice, 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron first sergeant, serves an Airman his meal during a birthday dinner at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., March 15, 2017. Leadership from around the 20th Fighter Wing served their Airmen dinner and spent time with them while they ate to show their appreciation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Atricia Trice, 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron first sergeant, serves an Airman his meal during a birthday dinner at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., March 15, 2017. Leadership from around the 20th Fighter Wing served their Airmen dinner and spent time with them while they ate to show their appreciation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Nathen Trevino, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron structures journeyman, left, fist-bumps Tech. Sgt. Cecy Hunter, 20th Security Forces Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of commercial vehicle inspection area, right, at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., March 15, 2017. The two attended the dinner, which leadership hosted to give back to their Airmen, to celebrate their birthdays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Nathen Trevino, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron structures journeyman, left, fist-bumps Tech. Sgt. Cecy Hunter, 20th Security Forces Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of commercial vehicle inspection area, right, at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., March 15, 2017. The two attended the dinner, which leadership hosted to give back to their Airmen, to celebrate their birthdays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- The First Sergeant’s Council and the 20th Force Support Squadron Chief Master Sgt. Emerson E. Williams Dining Facility staff hosted a birthday dinner for Airmen March 15.

Leadership from around the 20th Fighter Wing were invited to show appreciation for their Airmen who have birthdays in March.

“I think it’s good for Airmen to know that leadership thinks of them outside of ‘Good job getting that aircraft up in the air,’” said Master Sgt. Micki Kistler, 20th Communications Squadron first sergeant. “I think we get so caught up in work that Airmen think we only worry about their work, but we care about everything that’s going on in their lives to include important days like birthdays.”

The dinners have been once a month event since January 2017 with each month having a different theme. This month’s theme was March Madness.
During the meal, leadership showed their appreciation to the Airmen by spending time with them and serving them dinner.

“It is very rare that people celebrate their birthday,” said Tech. Sgt. Cecy Hunter, 20th Security Forces Squadron, NCO in charge of commercial vehicle inspection area, who attended the dinner to celebrate her birthday, “especially when they’re grown-up. You’re thinking about responsibilities and to most people it’s just another day. Our leaders are taking the time to come out here and prove to us that it’s not just another day, this day is specifically about us.”