News: Marne Air Day brings families in
Story by Capt. Chad Ashe
HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga. – Soldiers and family members of 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade took their organizational day to the flight line of Hunter Army Airfield June 12 for a day of festivities designed for children and spouses to experience a day in the life of an Army Aviation CAB Soldier.
Children who participated in the events received an “Expert Aviation Certificate” awarded by Col. John Kline, commander of 3rd CAB. Many of the events were things Soldiers did on a regular basis but designed for family fun. The events included an obstacle course, abbreviated Army Physical Fitness Test, camo face painting, Humvee ride, and a static display variety of 3rd CAB’s helicopters including emergency service vehicles from post.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 John Kullander, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment said he was excited to bring his family to the event, and noticed the collective effort of the units to put on a great display.
“This is the first event he wanted to see,” said Kullander speaking of his son Riley and his interest in the weapons display.
Kullander’s spouse Nicole was there along with their son—who was excited over the displays in the CAB’s hangars and Humvee ride outside on the flight line. Nicole said she was surprised how nice the event was, and said this was their first family day with the unit because they were deployed last year.
No combined effort of this size goes without someone leading the planning and operations oversight. That individual was Capt. Danny Garcia, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd CAB. Garcia said he can see family members talking about this event for years to come. He added that shutting down operations for one day was a big effort throughout the brigade, but knows the benefit of doing so.
“We wanted to show the families that they are the most important people in our lives, and without them we wouldn’t be able to succeed,” said Garcia.