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559th Host Bring Your Kids to Work Day

Airmen with the 559th Flying Training Squadron welcomed younger family members to Hangar 64 on Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph for Bring Your Child to Work Day August. 11.

Maj. Andrew Rose, an instructor pilot with the 559th Flying Training Squadron assists his daughter Amber in a T-6A Texan II flight simulator as part of the unit's bring your kids to work day, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, Aug 11, 2017. The simulator gave the kids an opportunity to fly around without leaving the ground. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ave I. Young)

Airmen with the 559th Flying Training Squadron welcomed younger family members to Hangar 64 on Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph for Bring Your Child to Work Day August. 11.

Maj. Joseph Stallings, a T-6A Texan II evaluation pilot in the 559th Flying Training Squadron and his youngest son Michael look on as his oldest son Luke sits in a T-6A test cockpit during the squadron's bring your kids to work day, at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, August 11, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ave I. Young)

Airmen with the 559th Flying Training Squadron welcomed younger family members to Hangar 64 on Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph for Bring Your Child to Work Day August. 11.

Maj Andrew Rose, a T-6A Texan II evaluation pilot in the 559th Flying Training Squadron walks his daughter Amber around a static T-6A as part of the unit's Bring Your Child To Work Day at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, August 11, 2017. This static display allowed children to see the entire plane up close and personal with their parents as personal tour guides. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ave I. Young)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas --

Airmen with the 559th Flying Training Squadron welcomed younger family members to Hangar 64 on Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph for Bring Your Child to Work Day August. 11.

The event offered children of the 559th “Billy Goats”, T-6 maintenance team members, and simulator instructors the opportunity to see many of the facets that encompass the T-6 pilot instructor training mission. It included putting on flight equipment in an aircraft egress classroom, flight time in training simulators, and a static T-6A Texan II aircraft that kids could look at. The JBSA Fire Department got to represent their part of the mission by having a firetruck and gear available for kids.

“This is a great way to stop and show children what their adult family members are doing and why it’s important,” said Lt. Col. Matthew Russell, 559th FTS commander.

Bring Your Child to Work Day was also a way to celebrate family members’ support.

"We go to work and do our amazing jobs every day and our families support us without question, but a lot of times it’s tough to articulate exactly what that means, especially to our young kids," Russell said.

One of the outcomes was a sense of family for the squadron as a whole.

“We really wanted to just have a day where we could get all of the families and spend time together as a big family,” said Maj. Jonathan Fruge, 559thh FTS instructor pilot. “I think we accomplished that,” Fruge said

“Bring Your Child to Work Day” will likely continue as a part of this squadron’s family tradition.

“I am really excited about this event because it’s not just for the guys wearing flight suits.  It’s for our operations support personnel, our simulator personnel and our maintenance personnel,” said Russell.

“It’s really an all-encompassing effort to show everybody their family is valued and important.”