Hundreds turn out for Family Day at Kentucky Air Guard

Story by Senior Airman Vicky Spesard, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

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Adarius Hite, son of Kentucky Air National Guard member 2nd Lt. Angela Hite, paints pictures during Family Day at the 123rd Airlift Wing in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 21, 2012. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Vicky Spesard)

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–Bounce houses, games, a popcorn stand and a fire truck lined Thoroughbred Express Blvd. as Airmen, family members, guests and volunteers converged onto the Kentucky Air Guard Base here Oct. 21 for the 123rd Airlift Wing’s 2012 Family Day.

Col. Warren Hurst, wing commander, greeted more than 500 spouses and children during a welcome address in the Fuel Cell Hangar.

“We are very excited to have all of you here to share this day with us,” he said. “Our families play a vital role in our mission and make sacrifices every day to support what we do here. This day is about celebrating that family spirit.”

Guests were treated to motivational speaker Kay Frances’ humorous look at military life, followed by the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in a miniature C-130.

To see more photos from the event, click here.

Following the theme of “Christmas in October,” a small AAFES store was set up in the hangar by the Fort Knox Post Exchange. Uniform items, electronics, perfumes and many other items were available for purchase.

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Branson Wagoner, brother of Airman Dalton Wagoner, plays games during Family Day 2012 at the Kentucky Air Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 21, 2012. Airmen and their family members participated in a range of activities, from bounce houses and photos with Santa to fire truck tours and a picnic lunch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maxwell Rechel)

On the main activity field, family games including a duck pond and bingo, face-painting and washable tattoos rounded out the afternoon.

A picnic-style lunch was served and several prizes were raffled off, too.

“Today was a great day,” said event coordinator Dave Rooney, program manager for the 123rd Airlift Wing’s Airman and Family Readiness Group. “The amount of family members who came out to support their Airmen and spend the day here is tremendous. We had so many volunteers who came to help (and) more activities for families to take part in. It was a very successful event.”

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