2017 Munch ‘n Mends kickoff

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  • By Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick
  • 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs
With the start of a new year, some Air Commandos may need to sew on another stripe. One way Airmen can prepare for that extra stripe is to attend the base chapel’s Munch ‘n Mend.

The base chapel hosted its first monthly Munch ‘n Mend of the year Jan. 9, here.

Munch n’ Mend is a free event where Air Commandos of all ranks, enlisted and officer, can take their uniforms to get rank, badges, name and Air Force tapes sewn on while enjoying a hot meal.

This event occurs the second Monday of every month from 5-7 p.m.

“We see a lot of relationships and community built through sitting around and enjoying a meal together as their uniforms are being altered,” said Chaplain Capt. Mark Hunsinger, with the 1st Special Operations Wing. “Building connections and relationships establishes and reinforces resiliency.”

As Airmen are enjoying a home-cooked meal provided by the volunteers, the Munch ‘n Mend staff get to work on alterations.

“The majority of the volunteers are either retired military or spouses of retirees that put their time in and still want to give back to the community,” Hunsinger said. “It’s a way for them to show Airmen their appreciation for what they do each and every day.”

For one retiree, Munch ‘n Mend dates back to his time on active duty.

“When I had Airmen, I use to send them here so they could save some money,” said Jimmie Thomas, a 20-year veteran volunteer with Munch ‘n Mend. “We try to help the Airmen any way we can.”

Typically, volunteers sew one uniform for each individual, but often do more when time permits.

“We ensure at least one piece gets worked on, but Airmen can bring more,” Thomas said. “If we still have time, we will sew those extra uniforms.”

For more information about Munch ‘n Mend please contact the base chapel at 884-7795.