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NEWS | Oct. 12, 2012

JBSA-Lackland to host All-AF basketball camp

By Jose T. Garza III JBSA-Lackland Public Affairs

Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland sports and fitness assistant director Dwayne Reed is ready for his sports and fitness program to continue to build on its Armed Forces and Air Force-wide success this year.

After hosting four different All-Air Force camps in boxing, bowling, softball, and soccer this year, and the Armed Forces bowling championships, JBSA-Lackland now gets to host the All-Air Force basketball camp Wednesday through Nov. 3 at the Chaparral Fitness Center.

JBSA-Lackland then hosts the annual Armed Forces Basketball Tournament Nov. 4-12 at the same venue. The Air Force has won the Armed Forces basketball tourney for six years in a row.

Seventeen players from several Air Force bases will participate in the two-week camp. Fifteen players will be selected to represent the Air Force in its pursuit of a seventh straight Armed Forces gold medal.

Joseph Easley, a senior airman with the 737th Training Support Squadron, is the sole player from JBSA-Lackland vying for a roster spot.

Last year, Lackland hosted the U.S. Armed Forces Basketball Camp at the Medina Fitness Center.

The team, comprised of the best players from all the services, prepared for the Conseil International du Sport Militaire World Military Basketball Championships in Brazil where the team tied for the best record in the tournament.

Reed said its been a very good year for Lackland when it comes to its sports program., and he's excited about the base's first All-Air Force basketball camp after putting in a bid through Air Force Sports to host the camp last year.

"We will assist the team players with whatever they need. To us, it will just be business as usual," said Reed. "I'll have two members from my staff who will work closely with the team to provide the players with everything from Gatorade and towels to computer and internet access.

"We are ready to host any sport every year," he said. "I feel confident in my staff's ability to support the All-Air Force sports teams, so I know we are ready to host these camps."