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NEWS | Feb. 14, 2018

“Black Panther” director visits JBA

By Senior Airman Delano Scott 11th Wing Public Affairs

The director and executive producer of Marvel’s “Black Panther” visited the base to debut their highly anticipated film during a free screening for Department of Defense personnel and their families Feb. 12, 2018.


Before making their way to the base theater, Ryan Coogler, director, and Nate Moore, executive producer, took time to visit the 1st Helicopter Squadron. In addition to seeing their mission firsthand, they were also observed an 11th Security Support Squadron military working dog demonstration.


“It’s always a great opportunity to be able to show public figures just how important our mission is and give Airmen the recognition they deserve,” said Tech. Sgt. William Stone, 11th SSPTS MWD trainer. 


After the demonstration, Coogler and Moore departed for the base theater where more than 1,600 people showed up for a Q&A session and the movie premiere. Upon their arrival, the theater erupted into a cheerful applause as the duo made their way to the stage.


“I think it’s very cool to see the director in person,” said Allen Sammis, an 8-year-old moviegoer. “I like that they came to the base.”


Coogler and Moore took the opportunity to thank military members and their families for their service.


“We have a lot of love for the troops,” Coogler said. “Anytime you can show love and spend some time is always a good thing. The best part for me is seeing everybody’s families. The wives, the husbands, the grandmas, the children, that’s the part that’s so moving. It’s a truly rewarding experience.”


Moore mentioned showcasing the film to a military audience was one way he could give back.


“The troops do so much for us,” Moore said. “It’s the least we can do.”


In addition to wanting to give back to the service members, Coogler said his visit to the base had a lot to do with his personal tie to military. His niece currently serves in the Navy and his grandfather served in the Army.


“My father was born on base in Fort Hood, Texas,” Coogler said. “My grandfather fought in Vietnam and Korea. I think that discipline had a profound impact on my father, and in turn, had a profound impact on me.”


“Black Panther” will make its general opening at the JBA Theater Feb. 16 with multiple showings throughout the weekend.


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