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Dobbins' children spend a day at work

Col. Timothy E. Tarchick, 94th Airlift Wing Commander welcomes families to the Dobbins ARB, Take your kids to work day 29 July, 2011. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Don Peek)

Col. Timothy E. Tarchick, 94th Airlift Wing Commander welcomes families to the Dobbins ARB, Take your kids to work day 29 July, 2011. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Don Peek)

"Pluggie" the robotic spokesman from the 94th Civil Engineer Squadron, Fire Department, was a huge hit with the kids. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Don Peek)

"Pluggie" the robotic spokesman from the 94th Civil Engineer Squadron, Fire Department, was a huge hit with the kids. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Don Peek)

With assistance of Staff Sgt. Juanita Dahmen from the 94th Security Forces Squadron, family members felt what it was like to handle weapons used by security forces personnel. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Don Peek)

With assistance of Staff Sgt. Juanita Dahmen from the 94th Security Forces Squadron, family members felt what it was like to handle weapons used by security forces personnel. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Don Peek)

One of the highlights of the day was the opportunity for kids to try there piloting skills in the C-130 flight simulator. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Don Peek)

One of the highlights of the day was the opportunity for kids to try there piloting skills in the C-130 flight simulator. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Don Peek)

The C-130 static offered the opportunity for kids to try out the pilot and co-pilot seats. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Don Peek)

The C-130 static offered the opportunity for kids to try out the pilot and co-pilot seats. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Don Peek)

Kids experienced the challenges of working in an air traffic control environment as they tried out the ATC simulator. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Don Peek)

Kids experienced the challenges of working in an air traffic control environment as they tried out the ATC simulator. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Don Peek)

Homer, the Atlanta Braves mascot received hugs and high-fives from family members during his visit at "Take your kids to work day" here July 29, 2011. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Don Peek)

Homer, the Atlanta Braves mascot received hugs and high-fives from family members during his visit at "Take your kids to work day" here July 29, 2011. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Don Peek)

Tech. Sgt. Dennis Vasquez from 94th Maintenance Squadron points out part modifications to Sage and Drake Saunders, daughters of Master Sgt. Glenn Saunders, 94th Maintenance Squadron during a shop tour on Take kids to work day here July 29, 2011. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Don Peek)

Tech. Sgt. Dennis Vasquez from 94th Maintenance Squadron points out part modifications to Sage and Drake Saunders, daughters of Master Sgt. Glenn Saunders, 94th Maintenance Squadron during a shop tour on Take kids to work day here July 29, 2011. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Don Peek)

DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. -- Young, wide-eyed faces graced Dobbins for the inaugural Bring Your Child to Work Day July 29.

Over 150 children were able to view a C-130 static display, participate in the C-130 and Air Traffic Control tower simulator and view displays from Security Forces, Explosive Ordnance and the Fire Department.

Held as an annual event at other military installations, Col. Tim Tarchick, 94th Airlift Wing commander, said he wanted to establish the event to give children the opportunity to witness what their parents do on a daily basis. It was also implemented to show appreciation to the members and their families who give a lot to the government and this nation.

Additionally, the day served to plant a seed of interest for children who may want to consider a career with the government, said Tarchick.

"The benefits are intangible," he said. "Maybe someday, someone out here will decide to join the military because of today. They will look back and remember their first start at today's event."

Maj. Robert Light, 700th Airlift Squadron flight instructor, said he brought his two children to take part in the day's activities and allow them to witness what he does for a living.

"This is a good opportunity to give them an idea of what they may want to do when they grow up," said Light. "It's also an opportunity to meet with other kids and enjoy time away from home."

Taking place during the often mundane summers spent by children out of school, the day provided valuable education and physical activity in a fun, yet stimulating environment.

"That was so challenging," said Jessica Stevens, granddaughter of Patrice Starks, 94th FSS casualty assistance representative. "It felt so cool! It was the best experience I've had today, by far," she said leaving the C-130 simulator.

Due to the overwhelming response and success of this year's event, plans to establish the day as an annual event are in place, said Tarchick.

"I would absolutely love to see this become an annual event," said Capt. Quincy Hudson, 94th Airlift Wing protocol officer. "Once people see the pictures and the great time we had, the event will get larger and larger each year."

Col. Tarchick would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work and dedication in making this event a success.