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A&FRC holds deployed families open house

Kyle Wulf, son of a deployed Airman, shows off his decorated pumpkin during a Halloween-themed open house Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, in the Airman and Family Readiness Center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The open house was a free event for deployed families to enjoy and connect with other deployed families. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Darren Domingo)

Kyle Wulf, son of a deployed Airman, shows off his decorated pumpkin during a Halloween-themed open house Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, in the Airman and Family Readiness Center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The open house was a free event for deployed families to enjoy and connect with other deployed families. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Darren Domingo)

Andrew (left) and Ida Wulf, family members of a deployed Airman, pose with a pumpkin they decorated during a Halloween-themed deployed family open house Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, in the Airman and Family Readiness Center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The open house was a free event for deployed families to participate in Halloween-themed activities. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Darren Domingo)

Andrew (left) and Ida Wulf, family members of a deployed Airman, pose with a pumpkin they decorated during a Halloween-themed deployed family open house Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, in the Airman and Family Readiness Center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The open house was a free event for deployed families to participate in Halloween-themed activities. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Darren Domingo)

George Davila shakes hands with Col. DeAnna M. Burt, 50th Space Wing commander, during a Halloween-themed deployed family open house Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, in the Airman and Family Readiness Center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. Wing leadership connected with deployed families to show their support on the homefront. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Darren Domingo)

George Davila shakes hands with Col. DeAnna M. Burt, 50th Space Wing commander, during a Halloween-themed deployed family open house Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, in the Airman and Family Readiness Center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. Wing leadership connected with deployed families to show their support on the homefront. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Darren Domingo)

Ida Davila (left) and Ida Wulf speak to Chief Master Sgt. John Bentivegna, 50th Space Wing command chief, during a Halloween-themed deployed family open house Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, in the Airman and Family Readiness Center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The open house was a free event for deployed families to enjoy and connect with wing leadership and other deployed families. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Darren Domingo)

Ida Davila (left) and Ida Wulf speak to Chief Master Sgt. John Bentivegna, 50th Space Wing command chief, during a Halloween-themed deployed family open house Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, in the Airman and Family Readiness Center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The open house was a free event for deployed families to enjoy and connect with wing leadership and other deployed families. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Darren Domingo)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Families of deployed Airmen spent quality time participating in Halloween-themed activities Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, in the Airman and Family Readiness Center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.

Families worked together to decorate pumpkins, make homemade candy caramel apples and watch "Hotel Transylvania" at the free open house as part of the center's monthly deployed families events.

"It's important to let our deployed families know we care about them and we are here for them," said Master Sgt. Tonya Jones, A&FRC noncommissioned officer in charge.
Along with the families, Wing leadership and group and squadron commanders also participated in the event.

"Leadership came through our open house today so they could also intermingle with the families. It's important [for them] to know who their leadership is especially while their member is deployed," said Jones.

Families enjoyed the free food and activities while also connecting with other deployed families.

Open houses provide deployed families the opportunity to reach out to one another for help with emotional support, child care and any other needs that may arise.

Tech. Sgt. Peter Uson, incoming A&FRC NCOIC, explained it's crucial to show support for deployed families as their loved ones serve away from home.

"This is my first event for the deployed families," said Uson. "I think it's very important to show that we support them while their loved ones are out there helping us and providing support to us."

To find out more about open houses or the A&FRC, contact 567-3920.
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