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Greater Dayton Chapter BIG 2014 Air Force Marathon


Blacks In Government (BIG) was established in 1975 and incorporated by a small group of African Americans at the Public Health Services, which is a part of the Department of Health, as a non-profit organization under the District of Columbia jurisdiction in 1976.  BIG has been a national response to the need for African Americans in public service to organize around issues of mutual concern and use their collective strength to confront workplace and community issues. BIG's goals are to promote EQUITY in all aspects of American life, EXCELLENCE in public service, and OPPORTUNITY for all Americans.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base approved the Greater Dayton Chapter as a non-profit organization on November 27, 1984. As an approved private organization, the Chapter functions under the BIG principle to maintain professionalism, skills, and knowledge, as well as sustaining honor for cultural heritage.  The membership of the Chapter recognizes this governing principle; that the individual needs or aspirations of one can become the "common" towards the betterment for all.  The Chapter's mission is to be an advocate for equal opportunity for all and to develop and promote programs which will enhance ethnic pride and educational opportunities for all. Our membership is open to all federal, local and state government employees, including civilians, military and contractor employees.

The Chapter annually supports the Air Force Marathon by manning hydration station M. This year, Greater Dayton Chapter was joined by the Boy Scouts of America. Young men of Resurrection Church Troop 6, from Pittsbugh,PA were on hand to support the Marathon participants in their quest to complete the grueling 26 mile event. Lead by Scout Master Kevin O'toole, the Troops, working closely with GDC members, provided the marathon runners with water, gatoraid, and cool sponges. Following the event, the Troops assisted with the clean up of the area and were rewarded with food and refreshments consisting of Hot dogs, hamburgers, salad, chips and an assortment of soft drinks provided by the Chapter. Greater Dayton Chapter salutes the fine young men from Resurrection Church Troop 6, Boy Scouts of America. For more information on this and other Chapter initiatives and programs, please contact Mr. Michael Greene