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Family Day a big success

Barnes Air National Guard Base, 104th Fighter Wing - Westfield, Mass -- Hundreds of unit members from the 104th Fighter Wing and their families gathered for a fun-filled family day on August 12, 2012 at Barnes Air National Guard Base.

"Family day is a great time for the wing to thank those that support us," said Col. Michael Cousins, the 104th FW Chief of Staff. "Without the love and support from our families, we could not accomplish our mission."

The festivities began in the afternoon, featuring food, sports, crafts, and other summer entertainments. The children's activities included bounce houses, a water balloon toss, a pie eating contest, jewelry making, face painting, and sports such as kickball, basketball, and a fun run.

The adults of the 104th Family Readiness Group also engaged in the action by participating in the adult fun run, 3-on-3 basketball, and a single-elimination volleyball tournament, which was organized by squadrons and groups.

Families were also able to visit an F-15 display. People lined up to get a few minutes to sit in the cockpit and learn about the plane from some of the 104th pilots. Children and their parents could have their photo taken as they sat in the pilot's seat, and they received printed copies of the photos on site.

Music was provided by Plan-B, a hard rock cover band, featuring Master Sgt. Mark Fortin, a 104th FW Public Affairs photographer.

After a successful family day last year, it was great to continue the tradition and have a great turn out again for 2012.

A special thanks to local support agencies that came out to sponsor the event including Operation Military Kids and the Westfield Boys and Girls Club. Dollar Tree Stores also gave away free back to school supplies.