Icemen honor contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

354th Fighter Wing/Public Affairs
Story by Senior Airman Racheal Watson

Date: 02.01.2013
Posted: 02.01.2013 15:20
News ID: 101364
Icemen raise African-American heritage awareness

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska - Members of the Iceman Team assembled to honor the bravery and conviction of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the 2013 Eielson Air Force Base African-American History breakfast Jan. 29 at the Yukon Club.

The Eielson African American Heritage Council is holding events throughout the month of February to educate Icemen and their families.

“Today we come together to celebrate a life of a man that had a dream that all men, no what matter their ethical background, could come together and be treated as equals,” said Chief Master Sgt. Jeremiah Lee, 354th Force Support Squadron superintendent. “Dr. King was a man who stood 5 feet 6 inches tall, but to a nation his mere presence made him larger than life.”

Icemen listened and watched a slideshow presentation showing the triumphs and uphill battles of Dr. King.

“Even he knew he could not do it alone. Team work makes the dream work,” said Lee. “As you look around the room, it takes each and every one of us working together to make the vision here at Eielson Air Force Base happen.”

Col. Jay Aanrud, 354th Fighter Wing vice commander, reminded the Icemen to bask in the wise words of Dr. King, words we need to pay attention to today and always.

Senior Master Sgt. Andrea Lee, AAHC project manager, suggests Icemen to educate themselves about the impacts and sacrifices African-American’s have made throughout our nation’s history by reading books, watching movies and asking questions.

AAHC has events scheduled throughout February to raise African-American heritage awareness, to include a jazz and poetry night, book readings, movie nights, luncheons and a spin class at the fitness center.

For more information or questions concerning the monthly events, members can contact Senior Master Sgt. Andrea Lee at 377-3652 or by email.