552 ACW Airmen enjoy free Transformers screening
By 1st Lt. Kinder Blacke, 552nd Air Control Wing Public Affairs
/ Published July 07, 2009
TINKER AFB, Okla. --
Personnel from all over base and their families were lined up outside of the base theater June 27, hoping to get their free tickets to see the recently-released movie, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."
While everyone was excited to see the Transformers and Decepticons hit the big screen once again, the movie screening held special significance for the members of the 552nd Air Control Wing.
Members of the 552 ACW participated in the filming of the movie, evidenced by the scene showing the E-3 and the crewmembers inside aiding in the fight against the Decepticons.
In appreciation for the wing's participation in the film, DreamWorks/Paramount granted Tinker AFB a free screening of the summer blockbuster.
The wing was graciously given one hundred tickets in advance for the show and were offered reserved "VIP seating" in the theater. The tickets were distributed to one hundred deserving Airmen in the wing, and the other 560 tickets were given at the door on the day of the show, first come, first served.
Senior Airman Lacey Echeverry, knowledge operations manager, 552 ACW, was one of the lucky Airmen to receive an advance ticket from her supervisor, although she said, "even without a reserved seat, I was still planning to go see the free screening of the movie."
She and her husband, Senior Airman Jeffrey Echeverry, airborne radar technician, 960th Airborne Air Control Squadron, were both very excited to see the movie. "Transformers were one of the cartoons I grew up watching, and to have awesome movies made of them is great," Airman Jeffrey Echeverry said. "Also, the AWACS is in it so it brings a kind of personal touch to the experience."
As an airborne radar technician, Airman Jeffrey Echeverry flies regularly on the E-3 and applauded the movie's depiction of the AWACS. "I think it was as realistic as could possibly be," he said, "no fake images on the screens. Overall, I was very impressed."
Reviews of the movie as a whole have been mixed, but according to Airman Lacey Echeverry, "It was a very good movie, lots of action and a lot of comedy." Her only complaint was that it did not seem as realistic as the original Transformers movie.
Airman Jeffrey Echeverry thought the movie was great and had nothing but accolades for the film. "It was funny, exciting, and action-packed... what else could you ask for?!"