Mattar Relay Recap

The 1st Annual Mattar Relay Race and JCSE VA BBQ Picnic was a great success! JCSE Team 1 won the men’s category and JCSE Women took the women’s category. The BBQ – held at the MacDill beach following JCSE’s triumph – included about 200 JCSE, 290th Service Members and JCSE veterans who lined up for BBQ pork, chicken, hotdogs, and hamburgers provided through the culinary efforts of “Life Member” C.J. Johnson, Mrs. Doretha Baker and Ms. Jaunita Thompson.

A special thanks to the JCSE VA Board Members: Charles Meeks, Charlie Monson, Blythe Miller, Willie Stokes, JC Wise, Julie Copeland, and Bob Yee for organizing and supporting this event.

On Saturday, December 9th we participated in the annual JCSE Children’s Christmas Party. About 150 happy children were entertained with games, piñatas, crafts and a visit from Santa. Each department within JCSE participated and provided “pot-luck” side dishes to accompany the hot dogs and hamburgers. Blythe Miller, Charlie Meeks and I enjoyed working with the committee and watching the faces of each child throw ping-pong balls into a game-board with holes which contained a surprise gift. Each child played until they won and we had several who returned just to “practice” their skills. All of the children also received a “goodie bag” and glow stick.

JCSE Veterans Association welcomes the continued support of those individuals listed above and other volunteers it is through their efforts we can accomplish the goals set forth by the association!

We, the JCSE Veterans Association welcomes the active participation of all former and current members of the JCSE, 224th, 290th, ARE – active duty, National Guard, Reserve, and Retired to the Association! Through your continued support the goals of the Association can be accomplished.

We look forward to seeing all of you at the reunion scheduled for June 2007 in Orlando, Florida and at the Mattar Relay Race/BBQ next year!

Dave Jones