by Senior Airman Erica Rodriguez
113th Wing Public Affairs
9/23/2015 - JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. -- The
The 113th Wing was able to showcase its mission to their local community
and other military personnel during the public air show.
The air show comprised of active duty Air Force, Army and Air National
Guard and AF Reserve units featured many aerial demonstrations, static
displays of military vehicles and equipment, entertainment for kids and
various vendors including recruiters.
The event was especially important to the 113th members because it gave them a chance to engage with the local community.
"I'm glad they brought the Air Show back finally," said 1st Lt. Charlie
Wilkinson, 121st Fighter Squadron F-16 pilot. "I think it's important
for us to be out here and get some face-to-face time with the people
living within the area; the people we help support and defend. It's nice
for them to able to see that we are here and what we are doing here."
Wilkinson was one of the pilots who stayed with Air Force F-16 Fighting
Falcon aircraft static display during the event to answer spectator
questions about the aircraft, the 113th mission and what it takes to
become a pilot.
Spectators were also able to check out the wing's domestic operations
capabilities first hand. The wing's Disaster Relief Mobile Kitchen
Trailer, Mobile Emergency Operations Center and the Fatality Search and
Recovery Team equipment were on display along with some of their
operators that could explain the capabilities and importance of each.
Beyond the displays, the 113th also kicked off the aerial demonstrations
and ceremony with the time honored Missing Man Formation to honor
fallen service members for POW/MIA day.
"It's an honor for us to be able to participate as the opening act of
the Joint Base Andrews show this year," said Brig. Gen. George Degnon,
113th Wing commander. "It's an opportunity for us to integrate with the
active duty and the Reserve as well as other services here In the
National Capital region as we showcase the military."
And it was that coordination of the event with all joint forces coming
together in support of community relations that made the show a success.