Families spend time with loved ones at Air National Guard Base

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Key Field Air National Guard Base honored families Saturday by inviting them onto the base for family day.

"Family day is a time we takeout to celebrate our families and the many sacrifices they make throughout the year and we just kind of take a little time to stand down and let them know how much we appreciate them,” says Colonel Ed Evans, Commander of the 186th Air Refueling Wing.

The kids were able to see Santa Claus, play in bounce houses, laser tag and lots of other fun activities. It was a first time for many family members to be able to come out to the base. Families we talked with say being able to come out and experience what these men and women do is incredible.

"It really feels good to be able to let my daughter see what her dad does. I enjoy her being able to experience it. This is actually both of our first time interacting with him and his co-workers,” says Brittney Cole.

"Right now, it's the first time having this one out here, but we've always brought the oldest and youngest ones with us. Just getting to see how they grow when they sit with Santa and the activates they enjoy out here, it’s nice having them out here seeing what we do and were we are at,” says Staff Sgt. Amber Garrison.

National Guard members say being able to spend time with their families and showing them what they do, is a great opportunity to thank them for being so supportive.

"It shows that the Guard family does care about the families back home,” says Master Sgt. Kyle Davis. “They are just as important as we are. Whenever we are deployed or whenever we are at our everyday jobs, it's important to let them know that we are still thinking about them and we still care about what they think about what we do in the military. Bringing them out together is a good opportunity to show them that we do care to give back to them.”

Family day is an annual event for the base.

The 186th Air Refueling Wing also held a special commencement ceremony for those graduating from the Community College of the Air Force.