Photo story: Inside MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa

About 20 members of Athena Society of Tampa recently toured MacDill Air Force Base in South Tampa to learn more about what goes on there and how the surrounding community can be supportive.

MacDill Air Force Base invites such small groups of local business and community leaders on base tours to increase public awareness of missions, policies and programs of the 6th Air Refueling Wing and the U.S. Department of Defense, including Central Command and Special Operations Command.

The civic leader programs are meant to “educate local leaders on the similarities and differences of military and civilian operations and serve as a way to reach and inform the public on each base’s unique missions,’’ according to a MacDill Air Force Base news release.

Scroll through the above series of images taken during the recent tour to gain insights shared with members of Athena.

To learn more, visit the MacDill Air Force Base website.
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Diane Egner is a community leader and award-winning journalist with more than four decades of experience reporting and writing about the Tampa Bay Area of Florida. She serves on the boards of the University of South Florida Zimmerman School of Advertising & Mass Communications Advisory Council, The Institute for Research in Art (Graphicstudio, the Contemporary Art Museum, and USF’s Public Art Program) Community Advisory Council, Sing Out and Read, and StageWorks Theatre Advisory Council. She also is a member of Leadership Florida and the Athena Society. A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BA in journalism, she won the top statewide award for editorial writing from the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors while at The Tampa Tribune and received special recognition by the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists for creative work as Content Director at WUSF Public Media. Past accomplishments and community service include leadership positions with Tampa Tiger Bay Club, USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy (WLP), Alpha House of Tampa Bay, Awesome Tampa Bay, Florida Kinship Center, AIA Tampa Bay, Powerstories, Arts Council of Hillsborough County, and the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Diane and her husband, Sandy Rief, live in Tampa.