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111th Fighter Wing, Family Readiness host Family Day

Senior Airman Peter Gottshalk II, 201st RED HORSE Squadron Detachment 1, and his son are greeted by the Philly Phanatic during Family Day Oct. 3 at Willow Grove Air Reserve Station, Pa.

Senior Airman Peter Gottshalk II, 201st RED HORSE Squadron Detachment 1, and his son are greeted by the Philly Phanatic during Family Day Oct. 3 at Willow Grove Air Reserve Station, Pa.

WILLOW GROVE AIR RESERVE STATION, Pa. -- Despite the overcast sky and the occasional drizzle of rain, the sound of music and the aroma of hotdogs wafted across the flightline at the Willow Grove Air Reserve Station, home to the 111th Fighter Wing, Oct. 3, as friends and families joined with Guardsmen to enjoy a day of fun and games during the 2009 Family Day.

Face painting and crafts were just a few of the displays set up for the children to participate in. Home Depot set up a stand and their employees guided the kids through wood-working projects and crafts.

"Mommy! I made you a spice rack ... now can I eat?" said six-year old Hayden Shick to his mother Tech. Sgt. Allison Shick, 111th Fighter Wing Administrative Assistant.

With the various food venues offered, there wasn't a hungry stomach in the place. Hot dogs, pizza, hoagies and baked goods were just a few items that were on the buffet-style menu. 

Display tables and information packets on various Family Readiness programs and local businesses were made available to the guests. 

Inside, Chief Master Sgt. David Soldano played disc jockey while outside the hangar, on the flight line, several show cars owned by members of the wing were on display.

Spectators gathered around as working dogs and their handlers of the Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue and the Greater Falls Township K-9 Unit demonstrated techniques used during patrol and detection exercises.

Even the Philly Phanatic must have caught word about the event because he made an appearance, which caused the children (and some adults) to squeal with excitement.

The day proved a great chance for the wing to gather with loved ones and colleagues to relax and unwind from a year filled with inspections, command changes, and the continuing BRAC reductions.