King James and the staff sergeant


Lebron James dunks in Hurlburt Field's gym where the Miami Heat held training camp in October. (AF photo)

Vacation has always been a different strokes/different folks kind of deal. Some visit family; others stay at home. Some, like my colleague Mike Hoffman, spend a week sipping wine and eating cheese in Napa.

One airman, though, heads to South Beach to work for his favorite NBA team.

Staff Sgt. Parron Outing, assigned to the Air Force Network Integration Center, has been one of the team’s gophers since he was 12. As an attendant, he sets up the locker rooms and court before practices and games, fills ice bags, handles luggage and a bunch of other odd jobs. Not such a bad gig now that the Heat are the center of the pro basketball universe.

Outing was one of the players behind the scene to arrange the Heat’s preseason camp at Hurlburt Field, Fla., in September.

“[Team members said] it was a great experience,” said Sergeant Outing. “They loved the interaction with the Airmen and learning about how we fight downrange. They’re still talking about it.”


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