152nd Airlift Wing hosts Patriots Luncheon Published July 30, 2014 By Master Sgt. Paula Macomber 152nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs RENO -- The Nevada Air National Guard's 152nd Airlift Wing hosted the Barracuda Championship's Salute the Troops Patriots Luncheon on July 29 in their state-of-the-art firehouse. The annual luncheon, honoring military members has been held at Montrêux Golf Course for the past four years. "Holding the luncheon here offers a rare opportunity for the attendees to see where the Nevada Air Guard personnel work. The central location of the base is also easier for people get to on their lunch hour. We are just gracious that the Nevada Air National Guard has been so hospitable in allowing us to hold the event here," said Candee Candler, Director of Marketing and Special Events of the Barracuda Championship. The event began with the Nevada National Guard Honor Guard presenting the colors, followed by appetizers, and lunch. A special presentation was given by Chief Master Sgt. Bill Kendall retired, a participant in the K9s for Warriors program of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Bill shared his stories about post traumatic stress disorder, his family and his service dog, Justice, who helps him each and every day. This was the first major event to be held at Nevada Air National Guard firehouse since construction was completed. "It's always an honor to support those that provide support to our nation's veterans, and always a pleasure to showcase our Airlift Wing to the community," said Col. Karl Stark, 152nd Airlift Wing Commander. The luncheon concluded with a tour of a 152nd Airlift Wing C-130 and fire trucks, as well as some handling of some Security Forces weapons. "It's great to know that we serve a nation and a local community that recognize the challenges that our veterans face but equally have not forgotten the freedom's that they provide. Just like those that have served in this great nation's military, our community members stand ready to provide the additional support needed by our veterans and their families. As a commander, I'd like to say thank you for the amazing support we receive from the Reno community," Stark said. The event allows the Barracuda Championship to raise money for the local Veterans Guest House. "Each year, the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation is happy to honor the troops with a variety of military-themed events and ways to support the men and women in our armed forces. In addition to the Patriots' Luncheon, we also invite all members of the military to attend the tournament for free and enjoy the Nature's Bakery Heroes Hangout, a hosted tent with food and beverages from Flowing Tide Pub, Coors Light, and Pepsi," said Chris Hoff, Executive Director of the Reno-Tahoe Open Barracuda Championship. The Reno-Tahoe Open Barracuda Championship runs from Jul. 28 to Aug. 3 at Montrêux Golf Course.