Units at Key Field Embrace Families

It is a coming together to give a time of support as well as togetherness for the 186th Refueling Wing at Key Field in Meridian.

"Christmas is a time about family, so we want to bring them together so to keep like cohesiveness with the families, especially with those who has been or going to be deployed in the future," said 1st Lieutenant Steven Stubbs.

Meridian's 186th Refueling Wing hosted this family day, and they had lots of fun and games for children of all ages.

"What we're doing is letting the family members of our service members here at Key Field to come out." said Lieutenant Stubbs.

"We get to have fun. We play on the jumps. That's the kids favorite. We get to see a lot of the things that are going on here with the military and the people that come out to give us information and just have a good time," said Amy Gonzalez, a wife of a service member.

This family day is especially important this year for service members and their families because of the uncertainty of the war time deployments.

"A lot of families here, several of them have shown up so they can come see us, and talk with us. And we're able to hear from them on different channels, where their families are not able to,"said Sergeant Timothy Adkins.

This can be a tough time for the family members of soldiers but an event like this can greatly help.

"A lot of us have that fear for what could come next. And you know there are a lot of other people out there that feel the same way, especially with a guard unit because the families aren't as involved as the regular units would be. It helps to know others are out there feeling the same thing."

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  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Dec 7, 2009 at 01:03 PM
    No offense intended Mam. Oh, I am well aware of the facts "mam"!!! You see, the term "Airman - singular and "Airmen" - plural is taught day 1 at basic training at Lackland AFB. There is no term "soldier" in the handbook for men and women who serve in the USAF or the Miss Air National Guard. Ask your husband and son if this aint so. You are deemed airmen regardless of rank. I've been there myself, that's why I wrote what I wrote. So you get your facts straight, Mam.
  • by Diane Location: Meridian on Dec 7, 2009 at 10:43 AM
    My husband and son is a member of the ANG. I take offense to the comment made about not being soldiers. My husband has been overseas 8 different times. Places you and I would not want to go. He could see and hear bombing all around him. My son has been to Bagdad before he turned 20. So, don't tell me they are not soldiers. My husband has been gone several months at a time away from home. I can only speak for my family, but we have sacificed because of his profession. Time is something you never get back. When he leaves you don't know the outcome until you see him getting back off the plane in Meridian, MS when his tour is over. So before commenting you should get your facts straight. Merry Christmas!
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Dec 5, 2009 at 10:40 PM
    I wish WTOK would use the term "airman" and not soldier when writing about the 186th Air Refueling Wing. There is a difference.
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