Military News

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Military Children honored at McConnell

by Senior Airman Colby L. Hardin
22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

4/17/2015 - MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- In 1968 April was designated as the Month of the Military Child and today we continue to highlight the sacrifices made by the children of enlisted or commissioned service members.

During the month, special events are organized to show appreciation to children, for their patience and flexibility as their parents carry out the Air Force mission 24/7, 365 days of the year.

"We want them to know that we appreciate the sacrifices they have to make," said Mary Reece, 22nd Force Support Squadron Airman & Family Readiness Center director.

This year the 22nd FSS will hold several base-wide events to show the kids of Team McConnell just how much they are appreciated.

The biggest event, The Family Festival of Fun will be held April 18. The festival will give children the opportunity to visit a petting zoo, chance to a ride on a fire truck, humvee rides, and practice their skills at the arts & crafts stations.

"My children are still pretty young," said Staff Sgt. Ashley Toomey, 22nd Air Refueling Wing grounds safety technician. "But I still think the festival will have plenty of things that will keep their interest."

McConnell has over 4,000 military children who sacrifice time with their loved ones in order for their parents to complete the mission, but their sacrifice is not going unnoticed.

"Different training can take me away from my children for an extended amount of time," Toomey said. "It's hard, but I know it's for the mission. Whenever I return home, it's the greatest feeling ever."

Month of the Military Child may be recognized during April, but the services offered throughout McConnell are available year round. For more information about the services offered for military children, call Child Development Center at (316) 759-4223, Family Child Care at (316) 759-5783, or the Youth Center at (316) 759-4070.

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