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NEWS | Sept. 13, 2017

Through clubs we connect

By Staff Sgt. Brittany E. N. Murphy 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

The 633rd Air Base Wing is hosting Club Connect for service members who are looking for a fun way to connect with others on base and the local community on Sep. 22, 2017, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis.

The kick-off event, which focus’ on bringing Airmen and Soldiers together to socialize, connect and network through either joining or creating new clubs, takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the parking lot near the Langley Air Force Base Shoppette.

“Club Connect is about bringing Airmen and Soldiers with similar interests together to build new recreational hobbies, events and activities, find friendships and build morale,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Haley Benson, 633rd Medical Operation Squadron mental health clinic certified alcohol and drug counselor. “The whole (purpose of the) event is to raise morale and to build that connection and family unity.”

Service members will have the opportunity to connect with others at approximately 17 booths, to include a hiking, kayaking and roller blading club booth while enjoying free food, games and music from a live band.

“Club connect (was established) on base to help Airmen (and Soldiers) socialize, connect, network and kind of get them out of the dorms,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Codi Walach, 633rd Force Support Squadron First Term Airman Center team lead. “It gets them out and promotes diversity, (as well as) helps people get to know each other throughout the base and within the community, strengthening not only the (installation), but the community around us as well.”

According to Benson, the main purpose of Club Connect, is for service members to connect with one another and with the local community, as there is a lot to offer in the surrounding area.

“(Service members can) look at these 17 clubs we have established on base, but also check out which community programs are connected with that club,” said Benson. “Even if you don’t want to join that club, you can still be connected with the local community.”

For more information about Club Connect, call 764-2983 or 225-3629.