13:51 PM

Okla. Members Pitch in for Fighter Wing Family Day

1st Lt. Brandon Lunsford Sr.
Public Affairs Officer
Oklahoma Wing

Riverside Flight members and some of their Oklahoma Wing colleagues rallied at 5:30 a.m. on a recent Saturday to help ensure members of the Air National Guard’s 138th Fighter Wing could enjoy Family Day.

“It was early, but it was worth it,” said the Riverside unit’s cadet commander, Cadet Lt. Col. Bailey Lunsford. “We had 38 members from our unit, and several from other units assisted as well. Seeing the smiling faces of our heroes in the Guard just enjoying their families was all the thanks we needed.”

Oklahoma Wing members directed cars for parking, served food, assisted with games and dressed up in costumes to amuse younger and older guests alike.

“The Guard does a lot for us,” Riverside Flight Master Sgt. Faun Daves said. “It is hard work, and a lot of the times it is a thankless job.”

Having served in the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard, Daves retired with 28 years of service.

“To see these cadets come out and support these airmen like they do,” he said, “well, it’s a blessing to see.”

“The 138th Fighter Wing tries to have a family day event every year,” said Connie Hurt, Airman and Family Readiness program manager for the 138th. “With the workload that our service members have, we need to make sure we work in a down day so that we can show appreciation to the service members and their families.

Photos by Master Sgt. Faun Daves, Riverside Flight