Wing hosts annual family day festivities

920th Rescue Wing Family Day 2017

Landon and Kyler, sons of Senior Airman Adam Dyer, 920th Maintenance Squadron, process through a children’s mobility line during the 920th Rescue Wing annual family day event Dec. 2, 2017 in Hangar 750, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. Hundreds of Citizen Airmen and their families participated in the event, which included spouse flights in an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, a Santa’s Helper aircraft rappel demonstration, aircraft and vehicle static displays, activities for children and refreshments. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Maurice)

920th Rescue Wing Family Day 2017

Diana Garrido, wife of Chief Master Sgt. Benjamin Garrido, 920th Maintenance Group, enjoys the view from an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter during a 920th Rescue Wing Family Day spouse flight Dec. 2, 2017 near Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. Roughly 150 spouses enjoyed 20-minute flights around the local area as other family members climbed into military aircraft and vehicle static displays and watched their children participate in the variety of activities set up for their amusement. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Maurice)

920th Rescue Wing Family Day 2017

A formation of HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters carrying 920th Rescue Wing spouses flies past the wing’s family day events Dec. 2, 2017 at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. Roughly 150 spouses enjoyed 20-minute flights around the local area as other family members climbed into military aircraft and vehicle static displays and watched their children participate in the variety of activities set up for their amusement. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Maurice)

920th Rescue Wing Family Day 2017

Jace, left, and Taliya, children of Tech. Sgt. Santana Williams, 301st Rescue Squadron, decorate holiday cookies during the 920th Rescue Wing annual family day event Dec. 2, 2017 in Hangar 750, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. Hundreds of Citizen Airmen and their families participated in the event, which included spouse flights in an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, a Santa’s Helper aircraft rappel demonstration, a children’s deployment line, aircraft and vehicle static displays, activities for children and refreshments. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Maurice)

920th Rescue Wing Family Day 2017

Tech. Sgt. Daniel Webb, 301st Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pave Hawk special missions aviation specialist comforts his daughter in front of an HH-60 display during the wing’s annual family day event Dec. 2, 2017 in Hangar 750, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. Hundreds of Citizen Airmen and their families participated in the event, which included spouse flights, a Santa’s Helper aircraft rappel demonstration, a children’s deployment line, aircraft and vehicle static displays, activities for children and refreshments. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Maurice)

920th Rescue Wing Family Day 2017

Children play in an inflatable raft setup in the children’s area during the 920th Rescue Wing annual family day event Dec. 2, 2017 in Hangar 750, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. Hundreds of Citizen Airmen and their families participated in the event, which included spouse flights in an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, a Santa’s Helper aircraft rappel demonstration, a children’s deployment line, aircraft and vehicle static displays, activities for children and refreshments. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Maurice)

920th Rescue Wing Family Day 2017

An HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter carrying 920th Rescue Wing spouses takes off from the flight line at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, Dec. 2, 2017 during the wing’s annual family day event. Roughly 150 spouses enjoyed 20-minute flights around the local area as other family members climbed into military aircraft and vehicle static displays and watched their children participate in the variety of activities set up for their amusement. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Maurice)

920th Rescue Wing Family Day 2017

Tech. Sgt. Karmen Lewis, right, 920th Force Support Squadron, plays the role of a paralegal on the children’s mobility line during the 920th Rescue Wing annual family day event Dec. 2, 2017 in Hangar 750, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. Hundreds of Citizen Airmen and their families participated in the event, which included spouse flights in an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, a Santa’s Helper aircraft rappel demonstration, aircraft and vehicle static displays, activities for children and refreshments. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Maurice)

920th Rescue Wing Family Day 2017

Santa visits with the daughters of Maj. Johnny Walker, 920th Rescue Wing legal office, during the wing’s annual family day event Dec. 2, 2017 in Hangar 750, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. Hundreds of Citizen Airmen and their families participated in the event, which included spouse flights in an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, a Santa’s Helper aircraft rappel demonstration, a children’s deployment line, aircraft and vehicle static displays, activities for children and refreshments. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Maurice)

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Hundreds of Citizen Airmen and their families gathered in Hangar 750 to celebrate the 920th Rescue Wing’s annual family day Dec. 2, 2017.

This year’s event included spouse flights in an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, a Santa’s Helper aircraft rappel demonstration, a meet-and-greet with Santa, a children’s deployment line, aircraft and vehicle static displays, activities for children and refreshments.

“Thank you for being here and for all of your unwavering support to our Citizen Airmen,” said Col. Ian Chase, 920th Rescue Wing vice commander to the families in attendance. “It is a tough job being a military spouse, one that my wife knows all too well. Without the love and support of family, we could not do what we do. Today is about all of you, so have fun and enjoy the festivities.”

The highlight of this year’s event for roughly 150 spouses was their 20-minute helicopter flight around the local area.

“I had such a great time,” said Diana Garrido, who flew once before with the 920th RQW during a spouse flight in the 90s. “I loved today even more than the first time. The views from the chopper are the best. Nothing compares to it.”

Garrido, wife of Chief Master Sgt. Benjamin Garrido, 920th Maintenance Group, said while her kids are grown now, they always enjoyed the children’s activities in the past and this year’s event had more than ever.

“This is a great way to have all the families come together and enjoy wholesome family time,” she said. “Our kids always enjoyed it and we have great memories.”

This year children had the opportunity to process through a mock deployment line with giveaways, run through an obstacle course, bounce in an inflatable raft, decorate cookies and do a variety of crafts. Kids also climbed in an HC-130N King, HH-60 Pave Hawk, military police car and military fire truck on static display. There were also helicopter and military working dog demonstrations.