‘Creating a tight-knit family’

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Courtney Richardson
  • 944th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The 924th Fighter Group hosted a family day during the April drill weekend here at Bama Park.

Airmen assigned to the unit were released early to meet up with their families and spend some time with other members of the unit.

“We may go six-months before we get to see anyone’s spouse or children so it’s important for us to put something together at least on a yearly basis to see how everyone is doing and interact with each other,” said Chief Master Sgt. Jeremy Malcom, 924th Fighter Group superintendent.

Unit family days are a way for families to develop contacts and build relationships.

“We are still a very young unit so every little bit helps even if it’s just exchanging phone numbers,” said Malcom.

Many family members turned out for the barbecue event in the park.

“I was excited about coming, I get to spend time with my hubby,” said Danielle Hugo, wife of Master Sgt. Dale Hugo 924th Maintenance scheduler.

Hugo likes to meet other families of the unit and put faces to names of her husband’s co-workers.

“It’s nice because I get to see what he’s doing and when he talks about work I have a better idea what he’s talking about,” said Hugo.

Along with mingling and eating, the families had the opportunity to play corn hole, volleyball, or football and the children had the chance to jump in bouncy castles, play on the playground, get their face painted, and drop unit members in a dunk tank.

“The family day helps create our tight-knit family within our organization, it represents an opportunity to bond,” said Malcom.