Dobbins' children spend a day at work
By Airman 1st Class Chelsea Smith, 94th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published August 02, 2011
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.