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RAF Mildenhall’s Inaugural Highland Games US Air Force Col. Christopher Amrhein, 100th Air Refueling Wing commander, prepares to perform the caber toss during the Highland Games at RAF Mildenhall, England, May 23, 2019. (US Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Cooper)

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RAF Mildenhall Hosts First Highland Games
The 100th Air Refueling Wing takes part in a Scottish sporting tradition

Published on May 29, 2019

Personnel at RAF Mildenhall got a taste of traditional Scottish sport last week as the base embarked upon its first ever Highland Games. The event saw personnel compete in five events, the stone throw, caber toss, hammer throw, 400-meter relay race and a jerry can relay.

The Games, which took place on May 23, mark the start of an annual tradition at the base. Master Sgt. Alicia Goetschel explained that "The contests were chosen from a list of typical Highland Games events, we tried to keep games traditional with a bit of military flair thrown in ... We wanted to stay true to the heritage of the Highland Games and at the same time throw in a little healthy competiton."

The event was also important as it doubled up as a farewell to Col. Christopher Amrhein, 100th ARW commander. Goetschel said that "This was a culmination of Colonel Amrhein’s time here at RAF Mildenhall ... We wanted to do something different and make this a unique experience, and that’s always best when everyone can get together."

For more news from RAF Mildenhall, keep an eye on https://www.mildenhall.af.mil/News/.

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