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178th Fighter Wing members visit Dayton Children's Medical Center

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  • By Senior Master Sgt. Joseph Stahl
  • 178th Fighter Wing
Members representing the Springfield Ohio Air National Guard base traveled to Dayton Children's Medical Center Dec. 6 to visit children and their families. While visiting with the families, the members presented the children with a stuffed animal and provided holiday cheer.

Five members of the Springfield unit participated; Capt. Craig Conner, 269th Combat Communications Squadron, Chief Master Sgt. Ottis LeMaster, Command Chief 178th Fighter Wing, Chief Master Sgt. Scott McKenzie, Senior Master Sgt. Joseph Stahl and Senior Master Sgt. Michael Golden, chaplain assistant.

The 178 FW Company Grade Officers' Council was interested in participating in a Christmas project locally that would benefit the community.

1st Lt. Adam Decker and Capt. Kate McNerney talked to Golden who suggested a visit to Dayton Children's Medical Center. Golden said that the wing has done "Operation Smile" at the Dayton Children's Medical Center in previous years, and was thrilled to get it going again this year.

Golden arranged the visit with the hospital staff and volunteers. More than 30 high-quality stuffed animals were donated to take to the hospital.

"Decker and I really enjoyed being able to give back to children in need during this Christmas season. Even though we weren't able to attend the event, we know that each child at Dayton Children's is very special. We were honored to be able to get the CGO's involved and truly enjoyed helping our community." Said McNerney.

LeMaster put the visit in perspective: "What a great opportunity to give back to our community. Everyday our folks work, play and live in the towns and cities around us. It is our neighbors and fellow citizens whose families and friends are going through the health issues with their children. As Citizen Airmen, we always look for ways to support those who support us. In reality, it should be our honor."