Operation Orange at Luke Air Force Base
November 11, 2011
Operation Orange made a special trip to the West Valley for a stop at Luke Air Force Base on November 10 to honor military personnel, veterans and their families.
The appearance corresponded with the annual Luke Air Force Base picnic.
All military personnel could register for drawings held every 15 minutes.
The portable hoop was readied for action.
Basketball was very popular among the Air Force personnel.
The Luke personnel took turns trying their luck.
Some had to shoot under the added pressure of "friends" yelling.
Sometimes a lower hoop, compliments of the Gorilla, adds to the chance for success.
The Gorilla is always a big hit with kids of all ages, especially when he gives away towels.
The obstacle course proved to be a challenge.
A successful conclusion.
A hug for the victor.
As always, basketball was the highlight of the day.
The Gorilla gets in a little high-fiving.
Suns alumni Tim Kempton and Mark West do what they did best when they played--rebound.
Kempton, West, and the Gorilla used the opportunity to get a picture with Luke personnel.
Members of the Suns Dance Team also took the opportunity.
And the Gorilla too.
A little reluctant but the Gorilla will get the job done.
Suns marketing partner Cold Stone Creamery handed out 1,000 ice cream creations to everyone in attendance.
Suns broadcaster Tim Kempton hands out some ice cream.
Members of the Solar Squad provided entertainment for the fans in attendance.
A Solar Squad member found a small fan, obviously after eating ice cream.
The Phoenix Suns and the Gorilla salute all military personnel that serve this country so well.