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Fun had by all at Viking Fest 2009

1st Lt. Michelle Zook and her Viking Husband, Capt. Jeremiah Zook, 960 AACS, enjoyed the festivities in true Viking style. Photo compliments of 1st Lt. Michelle Zook.

1st Lt. Michelle Zook and her Viking Husband, Capt. Jeremiah Zook, 960 AACS, enjoyed the festivities in true Viking style. Photo compliments of 1st Lt. Michelle Zook.

The Vikings' fearless leader, Lt. Col. Paul Oldham, commander, 960 AACS, pauses for a picture with Col. George Carpenter, commander, 552nd Operations Group. Photo compliments of 1st Lt. Michelle Zook.

The Vikings' fearless leader, Lt. Col. Paul Oldham, commander, 960 AACS, pauses for a picture with Col. George Carpenter, commander, 552nd Operations Group. Photo compliments of 1st Lt. Michelle Zook.

Col. Scott Forest, vice commander, 552 ACW, shows his Viking spirit with his daughter, although she is not quite as excited about the photo op! Photo compliments of 1st Lt. Michelle Zook.

Col. Scott Forest, vice commander, 552 ACW, shows his Viking spirit with his daughter, although she is not quite as excited about the photo op! Photo compliments of 1st Lt. Michelle Zook.

Several Vikings entered the regatta with their most cleverly designed row boats.  Photo compliments of 1st Lt. Michelle Zook.

Several Vikings entered the regatta with their most cleverly designed row boats. Photo compliments of 1st Lt. Michelle Zook.

The winners of the boat race used hand paddles to float their way to victory.  Photo compliments of 1st Lt. Michelle Zook.

The winners of the boat race used hand paddles to float their way to victory. Photo compliments of 1st Lt. Michelle Zook.

TINKER AFB, Okla. -- The pavilions behind the Tinker Golf Club turned into quite a spectacle on August 7 as Airmen of the 960th Airborne Air Control Squadron, along with several members of the 552nd Air Control Wing Staff came out in full Viking regalia to celebrate Viking Fest 2009.

In true Viking tradition, the event included food fights, boat races, tug-of-war, a dunk tank, and a rock throw, said 1st Lt. Michelle Zook, 960 AACS.

"Viking Fest is the squadron's expression of our history and roots," said Lieutenant Zook. "We use it as a time to kick back and enjoy the camaraderie of our squadron and have fun together."

Even Col. Pat Hoffman, commander, 552 ACW, and Col. Scott Forest, vice commander, 552 ACW, came out to join the fun.

Lieutenant Zook summed it up, "If you can't throw bread at a buddy and eat turkey legs with the commander, really, what's the point?!"