D-M 50 hosts 15th annual picnic for base Published Oct. 11, 2007 By Airman 1st Class Melissa T. Copeland 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- by Airman 1st Class Melissa T. Copeland 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs 10/5/2007 - DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE -- D-M Airmen and their families are invited to enjoy a night of free food and entertainment at the 15th annual D-M 50 picnic. This year's themed picnic, "Wild, Wild West," is scheduled for Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bama Park here. The D-M 50 is a group of base supporters and leaders in the local community who aim to enhance the relationship between the surrounding community and the people at D-M, said Capt. Heidi Simpson, 355th Medical Group practice manager and assistant POC for the picnic. "The picnic is an opportunity for every Airman and their families on D-M to mingle, have some fun, eat good food and relax with some of the biggest supporters in the local community," Captain Simpson added. This year's festivities not only provide a family-friendly environment with the Tucson Carnival, face painting, pony rides and a western train ride for the children, but also an opportunity for all to enjoy entertainment by country bands, mechanical bull rides, and performances by the Pinnacle Peak Pistoleros along with line dancing instruction by the Studio West Dance. D-M's very own Military Working Dogs will also perform along with the Explosive Ordinance Disposal demonstration for attendees. For those living in on-base housing developments, shuttle bus stops to and from the picnic will be available at specific pick-up and drop-off points in the housing area. Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group tours will be on-going throughout the duration of the picnic. To satisfy those hungry appetites, hamburgers and hot dogs will be catered by El Paso BBQ, kettle corn, cotton candy and snow cones along with beverages are provided free to picnic goers by the D-M 50. "This picnic will be the best D-M community outreach event this year," said Maj. Belinda Doherty, 355th Medical Group education and training flight commander and wing POC for the event. "This is a perfect opportunity to strengthen our community ties and welcome back our deployed all at the same time." More information on driving routes, shuttle bus stops and parking areas for the picnic will be published on www.dm.af.mil and in the Desert Lightning News on or before Oct. 26.