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Military Affairs Committee honors Airmen with barbeque

Staff Sgt. Scott Morgan, 1st Air and Space Test Squadron spacelift maintenance technician, cooks during a military appreciation barbeque, Aug. 28, 2015, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.  The free event was organized by the Military Affairs Committee of Lompoc and has been an annual occurrence for decades. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Araos/Released)

Staff Sgt. Scott Morgan, 1st Air and Space Test Squadron spacelift maintenance technician, cooks during a military appreciation barbeque, Aug. 28, 2015, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The free event was organized by the Military Affairs Committee of Lompoc and has been an annual occurrence for decades. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Araos/Released)

The Village Dirtbags serve barbeque to Team Vandenberg during a military appreciation barbeque, Aug. 28, 2015, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The free event was organized by the Military Affairs Committee of Lompoc and has been an annual occurrence for decades. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Araos/Released)

The Village Dirtbags serve barbeque to Team Vandenberg during a military appreciation barbeque, Aug. 28, 2015, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The free event was organized by the Military Affairs Committee of Lompoc and has been an annual occurrence for decades. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Araos/Released)

Master Sgt. David Bohlander, 576th Flight Test Squadron missile systems chief, grills tri-tip steak during the annual military appreciation barbeque, Aug. 28, 2015, on Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The free event was organized by the Military Affairs Committee of Lompoc and has been an annual occurrence for decades. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyla Gifford/Released)

Master Sgt. David Bohlander, 576th Flight Test Squadron missile systems chief, grills tri-tip steak during the annual military appreciation barbeque, Aug. 28, 2015, on Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The free event was organized by the Military Affairs Committee of Lompoc and has been an annual occurrence for decades. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyla Gifford/Released)

Members of the Lompoc Chamber of Commerce and Noncommissioned Officers Association help set up the annual military appreciation barbeque, Aug. 28, 2015, on Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The annual barbeque is simply one way to show gratitude toward those who have answered their nation's call. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyla Gifford/Released)

Members of the Lompoc Chamber of Commerce and Noncommissioned Officers Association help set up the annual military appreciation barbeque, Aug. 28, 2015, on Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The annual barbeque is simply one way to show gratitude toward those who have answered their nation's call. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyla Gifford/Released)

Staff Sgt. Jeff Pirnat, left, 614th Air and Space Communications Squadron knowledge management technician, and Master Sgt. Shane Wright, 576th Flight Test Squadron NCO in charge of missile handling section, prepare chicken for the annual military appreciation barbeque, Aug. 28, 2015, on Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Further strengthening an already robust relationship between the city of Lompoc and Vandenberg, the barbeque was prepared by the Noncommissioned Officers Association. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyla Gifford/Released)

Staff Sgt. Jeff Pirnat, left, 614th Air and Space Communications Squadron knowledge management technician, and Master Sgt. Shane Wright, 576th Flight Test Squadron NCO in charge of missile handling section, prepare chicken for the annual military appreciation barbeque, Aug. 28, 2015, on Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Further strengthening an already robust relationship between the city of Lompoc and Vandenberg, the barbeque was prepared by the Noncommissioned Officers Association. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyla Gifford/Released)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce recently sponsored a military appreciation barbeque for uniformed military members, and families of deployed members, here, Aug. 28.

The free event was organized by the Military Affairs Committee of Lompoc and has been an annual occurrence for decades.

"It's a recognition barbeque for Vandenberg Air Force Base active duty military and families of deployed members - to thank them for the sacrifices they make for our country," said Ken Ostini, Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau Military Affairs Committee president and CEO.

Further strengthening an already robust relationship between the city of Lompoc and Vandenberg, the barbeque was prepared by the Noncommissioned Officers Association.

"It really shows there is a deep appreciation for what the military does day in and day out," said Staff Sgt. Jeff Pirnat, 614th Air and Space Communications Squadron knowledge management technician. "It's just one way to say thank you to the men and women in uniform."

For local event coordinators, the annual barbeque is simply one way to show gratitude toward those who have answered their nation's call.

"Vandenberg is a part of the Lompoc Valley and an important part of the community at large," said Ostini. "I hope this shows all military assigned to Vandenberg how important they are, not only to our community, but also to our nation."

Through events like this, the feelings of respect and appreciation between Airmen and residents of Lompoc have survived the test of time.

"I'd really like to thank the Lompoc Chamber of Commerce for providing this free barbeque lunch and allowing the NCOA to (grill) the best barbeque around - hands down," said Pirnat.

Throughout many cultures across the globe, the offering of food is an act of hospitality and welcoming. In Lompoc, that custom is no different.

"Our Military Affairs Committee, led by Sylvia King, does a fantastic job of planning, organizing and fundraising all year-round, not only for this barbeque, but also to support other Vandenberg events that we help co-sponsor with other local Chambers of Commerce," said Ostini. "It is truly an honor for us to be able to show a small bit of appreciation to our military members who sacrifice so much to preserve our freedom. Thanks Team Vandenberg."