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They Came, They Sought, They Conquered

Members of the 171st Air Refueling compete with other local businesses in a variety of sports in the GNC Corporate Challenge. (National Guard photo courtesy of Tech. Sgt. Stacy Gault)

Members of the 171st Air Refueling compete with other local businesses in a variety of sports in the GNC Corporate Challenge. (National Guard photo courtesy of Tech. Sgt. Stacy Gault)

PITTSBURGH -- The 171st Air Refueling Wing's volleyball team, sponsored by Peoples Natural Gas, placed first in the GNC Corporate Games' tournament held Wednesday evening at the Green Tree Sportsplex.

"It was a great workout and I really enjoyed taking on other corporations for a good cause," Staff Sgt. Renee Roth, 171st Finance Technician said. "We should do more events like this to promote unity at the 171st."

Back Alley Productions is the lead company who organized the games. They combined with GNC to sponsor these 'Olympics' of sorts for Pittsburgh corporations.

'Get out of the office and support the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Trib Total Media's Operation Santa Claus' is Back Alley Productions' charge to Pittsburgh based corporations. Back Alley Productions' aim is to raise money for two great causes in an active and fun way.

The 171st has taken part in two other tournaments this year; softball and billiards. Softball didn't go so well. The 171st team was knocked out by Peoples Natural Gas with a score of 14 to 8. Thanks to some skilled shooting by our Airmen, the 171st's team placed first in GNC's billiards tournament at the Fox and Hound on McKnight Road, October 28.

"This was a great opportunity and night out with my husband," Master Sgt. Michele Mersing, 171st Host Aviation Resource Manager said. "He and I earned first place in billiards. I just wish we had more interest in these games from unit members."

These games are a great way to get out and support the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Trib Total Media's Operation Santa Claus'. All 171st members and their family/friends, who are 18 years of age or older, are encouraged to participate in the corporate games.

I challenge you to participate and support these local charities as well as be active and bond with your fellow unit members.

Back Alley Productions will also be hosting a basketball free throw competition to benefit Operation Santa Claus during the first week of December. Contact 1st Lt. Preffer at christopher.preffer@ang.af.mil for more information.

Cornhole Nov 11 & 18
Dodge Ball Nov 22
Bowling Nov 29
3-on-3 Basketball Nov 30