A Golden Evening for the Flying Beavs’
Dining Out is an exciting Air Force event which is deeply rooted in military tradition and ritual. Every spring, the cadets of Detachment 685 are treated to fun evening out with their friends and families. The role of the Dining Out is two-fold, to familiarize cadets and their families with Air Force heritage and to recognize the accomplishments of the cadets over the previous year.
This spring, 260 people, dressed in formal attire gathered in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center on the OSU campus to celebrate and participate in the 50th Annual Dining Out. It being the 50th anniversary, the theme of the event was gold. For the traditional grog portion of the event, the freshman cadets creatively provided the mess with a solid gold toilet, an instrument of ritual, from which cadets drink a mysterious mixture for transgressions of the year prior.
Another highlight of the event was the guest speaker. This year, the guest speaker was an OSU Alumni and AFROTC graduate from the class of 1985, Brigadier General Randy Kee. Having an active duty General Officer really added a lot to the evening for cadets, as they got to experience interacting with a senior officer whom they could relate to as current OSU students. Overall, the event provided an excellent night for cadets to engage one another in a formal social situation. Hopefully cadets will take the experience and use it as a building block for future Dining Outs, both in ROTC and in active duty.