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Family First: Hundreds turn out for Wing Family Day during October drill

Adarius Hite, son of Kentucky Air National Guard member 2nd Lt. Angela Hite, paints pictures during family day at the 123rd Airlift Wing in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 21, 2012.  (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Vicky Spesard)

Adarius Hite, son of Kentucky Air National Guard member 2nd Lt. Angela Hite, paints pictures during family day at the 123rd Airlift Wing in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 21, 2012. (Kentucky Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Vicky Spesard)

Lt. Col. Kevin Morris of the 123rd Airlift Wing Plans Office, examines hats offered by a vendor during Family Day 2012 at the Kentucky Air Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 21, 2012. Airmen and their family members participated in a range of activities, including ?Christmas in October? and a picnic lunch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maxwell Rechel)

Lt. Col. Kevin Morris of the 123rd Airlift Wing Plans Office, examines hats offered by a vendor during Family Day 2012 at the Kentucky Air Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 21, 2012. Airmen and their family members participated in a range of activities, including Christmas in October and a picnic lunch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maxwell Rechel)

Tech. Sgt. Nick Sanders, training manager with the 123rd Maintenance Operations Flight, talks with Patricia Krausman of the University of Kentucky during Family Day 2012 at the Kentucky Air Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 21, 2012. UK was one of many area schools and government agencies on hand to provide information to Airmen and their family members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maxwell Rechel)

Tech. Sgt. Nick Sanders, training manager with the 123rd Maintenance Operations Flight, talks with Patricia Krausman of the University of Kentucky during Family Day 2012 at the Kentucky Air Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 21, 2012. UK was one of many area schools and government agencies on hand to provide information to Airmen and their family members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maxwell Rechel)

Airmen and their families enjoy 2012 Family Day at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 21, 2012. The day?s featured attractions included bounce houses, photos with Santa and a picnic lunch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maxwell Rechel)

Airmen and their families enjoy 2012 Family Day at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 21, 2012. The day's featured attractions included bounce houses, photos with Santa and a picnic lunch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maxwell Rechel)

Capt. Jarret Goddard takes a picture of his daughters, Mary-Kate, Madison and Kiersten, during Family Day 2012 at the Kentucky Air Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 21, 2012. Airmen and their family members participated in a range of activities, including ?Christmas in October? and a picnic lunch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maxwell Rechel)

pt. Jarret Goddard takes a picture of his daughters, Mary-Kate, Madison and Kiersten, during Family Day 2012 at the Kentucky Air Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 21, 2012. Airmen and their family members participated in a range of activities, including Christmas in October and a picnic lunch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maxwell Rechel)

KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Bounce houses, games, a popcorn stand and a fire truck lined Thoroughbred Express Blvd. as Airmen, family members, guests and volunteers converged onto the Kentucky Air Guard Base Oct. 21 for the 123rd Airlift Wing's 2012 Family Day.

Col. Warren Hurst, wing commander, greeted more than 500 spouses and children during a welcome address in the Fuel Cell Hanger.

"We are very excited to have all of you here to share this day with us," he said. "Our families play a vital role in our mission and make sacrifices every day to support what we do here. This day is about celebrating that family spirit."

Guests were treated to motivational speaker Kay Frances' humorous look at military life, followed by the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in a miniature C-130.

Following the theme of "Christmas in October," a small AAFES store was set up in the hangar by the Fort Knox Post Exchange. Uniform items, electronics, perfumes and many other items were available for purchase.

On the main activity field, family games including a duck pond and bingo, face-painting and washable tattoos rounded out the afternoon.

A picnic-style lunch was served and several prizes were raffled off, too.

"Today was a great day," said event coordinator Dave Rooney, program manager for the 123rd Airlift Wing's Airman and Family Readiness Group. "The amount of family members who came out to support their Airmen and spend the day here is tremendous. We had so many volunteers who came to help (and) more activities for families to take part in. It was a very successful event."