By Senior Airman Kaylee Clark
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
The quarterly Deployed Family Dinner, sponsored by the Chapel, celebrates the sacrifice of families while their loved one is downrange. The next DFD is 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at Hangar 1080 with a Picnic theme.
The dinner provides a forum for spouses to network and glean from the many different resources provided by Team Little Rock’s helping agencies, community partners and squadron leadership.
“Deployed Family Dinners are important because they illustrate TLR’s emphasis on “taking care of Airmen” and give families an opportunity for connection and community while separated from their deployed loved ones,” said Chap. Randy Sellers.
The helping agencies provide many support programs that can aid families that are separated by deployments. Spouses also have a first-hand opportunity to talk with squadron leadership in a relaxed setting.
Each dinner is designed around a casual meal, light entertainment, booths to liaison with people from the base and local community and opportunities to have fun.
Spouses will also be able to benefit from booths by the chapel, Airman and Family Readiness Center, 19th Force Support Squadaron, Military One Source and others who desire to help our military deployed community.
“In addition to providing connection, DFD provides community,” said Sellers. “It is a relaxed atmosphere for spouses and children alike to share community with other families that are going through the same experience.”