Top summer readers named

MALMSTROM AFB, Mont. -- In conjunction with this summer's DoD MWR Summer Reading Program “Reading Takes You Everywhere,” the base library held its first competition among squadrons called “Squadron Read!” Summer Reading Program. We had 11 squadrons with 29 readers in all who read a total of 63,609 minutes. This translates to 1,060 hours.

Contestants could read anything they wanted June 4 through Aug. 18 including novels, non-fiction, science, religion, how-to, self-improvement, history, CDCs, leadership, AFIs, newspapers and magazines to name just a few! They counted minutes read in print, on-line, e-books, and articles on the internet. They could even count the minutes they read to their children or someone else. Minutes read were logged online at Beanstack.com.

The winner for the first annual contest was 341st Medical Operations Squadron. Readers included Lt. Col. Deborah Davidson, Staff Sgt. Aaron Wright, Airman 1st Class Bradley Green, and Airman 1st Class Lee Williams for a total of 19,312 minutes, or 322 hours.

A travelling trophy was presented to 341 MDOS on August 31 at the base library. The trophy will reside with them for one year. Each reader for 341 MDOS was also presented with a back pack and water bottle.

Second place went to 341st Operations Group with 12,085 minutes (201 hours). Reading for 341 OG was: Capt. Emily Gayle, Capt. Jaimie Wyckoff, 1st Lt. Joncharles Tenbusch, Tech. Sgt. Andrew Cuccia, and Staff Sgt. Douglas Jacobs.

The 341st Logistics Readiness Squadron read for 10,033 minutes (167 hours) to take third place. The team was: Tech. Sgt. Peter Mwangi, Staff Sgt. Karen Passay-An, Staff Sgt. Janae Willis, Senior Airman Kadejah Hankerson, Airman 1st Class Jacqueline Maldonado and Airman 1st Class Andrew Taranjo.

Other squadrons who read this summer were 341st Force Support Squadron, 341st Civil Engineer Squadron, 341st Contracting Squadron, 341st Missile Security Forces Squadron, 841st MSFS, 341st Operations Support Squadron, 341st Missile Wing, and 341st Medical Support Squadron. All squadron readers will receive a DoD MWR 2018 Summer Reading challenge coin.

We also determined the top readers in the squadrons. This year the top reader was Airman 1st Class Lee Williams who read for 14,682 minutes. His name is also inscribed on the travelling trophy.

Second place went to Capt. Emily Gayle with 8,270 minutes, and third place to Jamie Moyer, 341 FSS with 7,380 minutes.

The DoD MWR Summer Reading Program for children, teens and parents at Malmstrom had 169 readers who read at total of 99,376 minutes. Our top readers were:

    Pre-readers (age 2-5): Logan Murphy read 58 hours;
    Kids (age 6-12): Audriana Stordahl, 159 hours;
    Teens (13-17): Jasmine Cruz, 131 hours;
    Adult/Parent (18 and up): Mindie Ellingson, 348 hours.

In all, 198 people read for a total of 162,985 minutes.

If you missed out on reading this summer please join us next year for “Squadrons Read, Too!” and the DoD MWR Summer Reading Program. Next year’s theme is “It’s Showtime!”
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