By Demi M. Cruz

MWR Marketing

Old Wild West was the theme of the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Fall Barracks Bash, Sept. 21. Active duty E-1 through E-6 single service members and Reservists gathered in the open field near unaccompanied housing for a night of fun events coordinated by Navy Community Recreation.

Service members filled out Morale, Welfare and Recreation satisfaction surveys, receiving free T-shirts, bandanas and koozies. Activities included a mechanical bull, monkey jump, bell ringer, gladiator joust, horseshoes, bean bag toss, inflatable twister, rock climbing wall, football, volleyball and Kan Jam ultimate disc. Free food was also available.

For some in attendance, this was the last time they would enjoy a Barracks Bash. HM3 Esperanza Moore and HM3 Joyanna Bermudez of the Naval Branch Health Clinic Jacksonville will be transferring soon to Spain and Japan, respectively. Both Sailors have spent the past four years here. 

"I've been here for every single Barracks Bash. I have all the shirts!" exclaimed Bermudez. 

When looking back over the years, two fond memories for her included the gyrosphere from the Spring Barracks Bash earlier this year and the giant turkey legs from last year's Fall Barracks Bash. 

"It's pretty nice," she said. "It's awesome that everything is free and there is food, entertainment and fun things to do every time."

There were also giveaways every half hour during the event. Prizes included four $25 gift cards to a variety of restaurants, a Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 Instant camera, Soundlink Color II Bose speaker, Amazon Tap Portable Bluetooth speaker, Beats EP headphones, Samsung Gear Virtual Reality Headset with controller, Samsung Soundbar and a GoPro Hero5. 

Other gifts included two $100 cards from USAA. Also made available were DVD's for the movie Megan Leavey. A screening of the movie will take place in the Liberty Center in October.

Thank you to Barracks Bash sponsors - USAA, Vystar Credit Union, Brenau University and WyoTech!

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