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.