Grissom hosts Family Appreciation Day

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  • By Senior Airman Harrison Withrow
  • 434th ARW Public Affairs

Remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon could not stop Grissom from hosting its annual Family Appreciation Day on Sept. 9.

“The weather didn’t dampen the spirits of family members, and our 434th Force Support Squadron staff and volunteers rolled with the punches to make the day a success,” said Col. Anne Noel, 434th Air Refueling Wing vice commander.

The event featured a variety of food, drinks, and activities such as a static KC-135R Stratotanker display and a mock deployment line for children. There were also information booths for Airmen as well as visitors.

“We thought the weather was going to affect the turnout, but attendance was actually very strong this year,” said Tech. Sgt. Daniel Huff, 434th FSS readiness technician. “We were pleasantly surprised by it.”

In addition to fun activities, there were educational resources for adult family members and children.

“We distributed reading material to the spouses, and our children’s mock deployment line processed about 250 kids, and we handed out backpacks and school supplies to all of them,” said Huff. “Overall, Family Appreciation Day was a huge success this year.”

The 434th ARW is the largest KC-135R Stratotanker unit in the Air Force Reserve Command. The Citizen Airmen from the Hoosier Wing routinely deploy around the world in support of the Air Force mission.

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