I spent last weekend (April 16-18th) on orders in Arlington, Va. with the 69th Aerial Port Squadron for their final farewell get together. The 69th APS is about to leave for a six-month deployment to the Middle East.
The Reserves really rolled out the red carpet for these guys. Airmen and their families were treated to a two nights stay at the Ritz-Carlton on Congressional dollars, thanks to the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program. In turn,deployers and their spouses attended morning briefings on the various entitlements available to them. While the briefings were taking place, their children were right next door at a daycare center staffed by a team of volunteers from the 459th Air Refueling Wing.
I captured the weekend’s festivities and broke off on the final day to take photos of all of the kids in attendance.
These guys and gals were a ton of fun to shoot. Seconds after I had my lighting setup in place, I had a line of kids volunteering to jump in front of my camera…and most of them didn’t even know why!
I wish their parents safe travels and am looking forward to welcoming them home in the fall.