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Airmen, such as Staff. Sgt. James Black (middle, wearing semi-formal uniform), 512th Security Forces Squadron, have a chance to win a free mess-dress uniform in an essay contest hosted by the 512th Airlift Wing Top 3. Anyone's eligible to enter the 300-word themed essay, but the uniform prize must be given to a Liberty Wing reservist. Also pictured in the photo, taken at the 512th AW Awards Banquet in April 2010, is Col. Randal L. Bright (left, wearing mess dress uniform), 512th AW commander, and Chief Master Sgt. William T. Wild III, 512th AW command chief. (U.S. Air Force photo byJason Minto/Released)
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Win a free mess dress from 512th Top 3

Posted 11/4/2010   Updated 12/14/2010 Email story   Print story


by 512th Public Affairs

11/4/2010 - DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del.  -- The 512th Airlift Wing Top 3 is giving away a free mess dress uniform to the winner of a patriotic essay contest. Anyone is eligible to enter, including active-duty and Reserve servicemembers, their families and civilians; however, the winner must ensure the uniform prize will be given to a Liberty Wing reservist, officer or enlisted.

"No matter how many stripes or bars you have, we understand the Air Force mess-dress uniform is a pricey investment," said Master Sgt. Veronica Aceveda, 512th Top 3 vice president. "We know there are Airmen out there who want to wear a mess-dress uniform to some of the wing's formal events but simply can't because of cost. So, we hope to help a few out and share some patriotic messages as well."

Another Top 3 officer said members should still enter the essay contest even if they already have a mess dress.

"This is an excellent opportunity for supervisors, friends and co-workers to win one for a fellow Airman," said Senior Master Sgt. Janet Hawkins, 512th Top 3 Treasurer. "We're grateful to be able to do this, and it's only possible because of annual Top 3 membership dues."

The contest's first prize is an Air Force mess-dress uniform not to exceed $400. There are also second and third prize gift cards to Military and Clothing Sales to help offset the cost of a mess-dress uniform.

For 12 weeks, beginning on Veterans Day and running until Feb. 3, writers can turn in their 300-word essay entitled, "Why do veterans deserve our support, respect and understanding?" to the 512th AW Public Affairs Office, located in Bldg. 520, Room 203. Essays can also be e-mailed to 512aw.pa@us.af.mil.

Public Affairs will narrow the essays down to the final five, and the Top 3 will select and announce the winners no later than Feb. 6.

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