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Life-saving Air Force Reserve Wing enjoys Family Day

The 920th Rescue Wing held a biannual family day, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, Saturday, May 4, complete with food, games and live music. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The 920th Rescue Wing held a biannual family day, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, Saturday, May 4, complete with food, games and live music. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The 920th Rescue Wing held a biannual family day, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, Saturday, May 4, complete with food, games and live music. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The 920th Rescue Wing held a biannual family day, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, Saturday, May 4, complete with food, games and live music. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The 920th Rescue Wing held a biannual family day, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, Saturday, May 4, complete with food, games and live music. A local band, Anja and the Dreamer, provided live entertainment. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The 920th Rescue Wing held a biannual family day, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, Saturday, May 4, complete with food, games and live music. A local band, Anja and the Dreamer, provided live entertainment. (U.S. Air Force photo)

During the 920th Rescue Wing's biannual family day, at Patrick Air Force Base, Saturday, May 4, commander's took turns sitting upon the dunk tank throne to allow Airman and their families turns at trying to plunge them into the icy cold neon green water. Col. Kurt Matthews, 920th Rescue Wing Commander, took several hits during his turn. (U.S. Air Force photo)

During the 920th Rescue Wing's biannual family day, at Patrick Air Force Base, Saturday, May 4, commander's took turns sitting upon the dunk tank throne to allow Airman and their families turns at trying to plunge them into the icy cold neon green water. Col. Kurt Matthews, 920th Rescue Wing Commander, took several hits during his turn. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The 920th Rescue Wing held a biannual family day, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, Saturday, May 4, complete with food, games and live music. The local VFW outfit served up charcoal favorites during the festivities. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The 920th Rescue Wing held a biannual family day, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, Saturday, May 4, complete with food, games and live music. The local VFW outfit served up charcoal favorites during the festivities. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The 920th Rescue Wing held a biannual family day, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, Saturday, May 4, complete with food, games and live music. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The 920th Rescue Wing held a biannual family day, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, Saturday, May 4, complete with food, games and live music. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Reserve Citizen Airmen who are part of the world's premiere Rescue Wing responsible for saving lives during combat operations and in peacetime, and their families, gathered at Patrick Air Force Base for the 920th Rescue Wing’s biannual Family Day, May 4, 2019.

This year’s event included bounce houses, face painting and games. Families indulged in charcoal grilled favorites, like burgers and hotdogs, and enjoyed a live band performance.  

“We can’t thank our military families enough for being here,” said Col. Ian Chase, 920th Rescue Wing vice commander. “Your sacrifices and commitment to our service members do not go unnoticed.”  

Participants had the opportunity to knock Chase, as well as other commanding officers, off their throne into a tank filled with icy cold water and sea dye used to mark survivors in the ocean. The neon green bath enhanced the experience for all.

Another favorite was the military working dog demonstration. Master Sgt. Christine Edwards, 920th Rescue Wing historian explained that she and her family always wanted to learn about these amazing animals and finally had the chance.

“My family really had fun with all the different activities,” said Edwards. “I think it’s important for them to understand what we’re doing and why we’re doing it because they are an essential part of our support system.”

The 920th Rescue Wing is an Air Force Reserve unit tasked with conducting life-saving combat-search-and-rescue missions anywhere in the world.