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Air National Guard Base has family day ahead of the holidays

186th Air Refueling Wing
Published: Dec. 4, 2021 at 4:21 PM CST
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Air National Guard Base held its annual Family Day Saturday morning.

The day is all about families being able to see the base their family member works on and they get to see what they do daily.

“They get to see my office which is not terribly exciting but as you see we’ve got airplanes out here that they love to be able to see what we do of course you know the family the camaraderie just everything, you know this is one big happy family out here and this is an opportunity for us to show that,” said Captain Neil Forest.

There were many activities for families to participate in throughout the hanger, including bull riding and bounce houses for the children.

For everyone involved the day was about being able to see smiling faces.

“All the smiles on the children’s faces and the adults as well as they get to tour of our equipment out here and speak with some of our members and talk about what they do and we get to show them around the base and of course you know Santa Clause is the star of the show so just seeing the children sit on his lap and receive a toy from at the end of that visit is-- it just warms your heart,” said Colonel Cynthia Smith.

Everyone involved said they loved being able to bring their two families together and have everyone in one place.

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