by Senior Master Sgt. Ken Johnson
117th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
5/26/2015 - BIRMINGHAM, Ala -- The 117th Air Refueling Wing hosted veterans from the Southeastern Blind Rehabilitation Center here on May 7.
The veterans were briefed on mission operations, toured the KC-135R Stratotanker and visited several shops around the base.
Master Sgt. Rodrick Taylor, the 99th Air Refueling Squadron Chief Boom
Operator, invited the group to the base as a way to reach out to local
"I figured I'd make it a combined effort between different agencies on
base," said Taylor. "Team Red White & Blue, The Booster Club and
also the Air Force Sergeants Association, so everyone could be a part of
it to be involved."
The SBRC is a division the United States Veterans Administration in
Birmingham, Alabama. Their mission is to provide care for blind and low
vision veterans and active duty service members to help them regain
independence and quality of life. Rosario Zuniga, Blind Rehab Center
Service Chief was excited to bring the veterans to the base.
"The purpose for today's visit was number one, to be in the community.
The fact that we get to come to the base is actually wonderful because
right now I've got people reminiscing and actually met somebody they
know. So that's really wonderful," said Zuniga.