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Wing Day brings new events, activities to next UTA

A sister and brother race each other in potato sacks during the 919th Special Operations Wing “family day” event at Duke Field, Nov. 6.   The Family Day event brought reservists and their families together for food, games and music. (Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

(Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

DUKE FIELD, Fla. -- The 919th Special Operations Wing's newly-named "Wing Day" is scheduled for Nov. 7 boasting a host of new activities spanning the entire day.

"This event is a time for the leadership to say thank you to the Airmen and their families for the dedication and hard work they bring every day to the mission," said Senior Master Sgt. Kim Perez, Wing Day coordinator.  "This day gives them time away from their normal duties to participate in fun activities with their fellow members and family. "

Activities are below:

Squadron Tours from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.  Airmen from each 919th squadron will provide a brief synopsis of their unit and what they accomplish for the wing.  Anyone who tours all of the squadrons and gets their punch card stamped will be eligible for a prize.  The tours are open to all wing personnel and family members. 

Kid's Operation Hero from 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m., for children and youth, ages two and up.  The kids will experience a mock deployment scenario with ID cards issued, dog tags, t-shirts, war paint and a mission brief.  Then, they "deploy" and visit various base stations and demonstrations. 

Wing Day from 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.  The annual event is located in the field behind the dining facility and will have food, music and events.

Squadron sports tournaments in the fields and courts around the main Wing Day event.  Units are currently competing  in football, softball, volleyball cornhole and tug-o-war and the championships will be played Nov. 7 during Wing Day.

Cooking contests - There are competitions for the best Spam dish, best homemade salsa, best pie and the chili cook-off.  There's even an old-fashioned cake-walk, similar to musical chairs, but with cake.

Dunk Tank and Pie in the Face - Voting has already begun to see who takes a turn in the Dunk Tank or receives a pie in the face this year.  Unit first sergeants and chiefs can accept donations/votes throughout September and October.  The voting will end Nov. 6 at noon.  The funds raised by the donations/voting go toward Wing Day.

Car show/motorcycle obstacle course - The Wing Day will also have its annual car show located on the far end of the main area behind the dining facility. The motorcycle safety obstacle course is located across the running track.  All proper safety gear is required to participate in the course.

"Wing Day gives the members an opportunity to thank their family for all their support they give either for the missed weekends or deployments," said Perez.  "It is just a great day for camaraderie." 

For more information on Wing Day or the events, please call 883-6113.