Family picnic welcomes new Sheppard families

Staff Sgt. Robert Kusina, 365th Training Squadron avionics instructor, welcomes Tech. Sgt. Steven Dymond, 82nd Comptroller Squadron NCO in charge of customer support, to Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, during the summer family picnic, July 20, 2016. The summer family picnic had several booths from various helping agencies to welcome and introduce new families to the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyle E. Gese/Released)

Staff Sgt. Robert Kusina, 365th Training Squadron avionics instructor, welcomes Tech. Sgt. Steven Dymond, 82nd Comptroller Squadron NCO in charge of customer support, to Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, during the summer family picnic, July 20, 2016. The summer family picnic had several booths from various helping agencies to welcome and introduce new families to the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyle E. Gese/Released)

Families play in the Sheppard Air Force Base youth center gym during the summer family picnic, July 20, 2016. The summer family picnic had several booths from various helping agencies to help introduce and welcome new families to the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyle E. Gese/Released)

Families play in the Sheppard Air Force Base youth center gym during the summer family picnic, July 20, 2016. The summer family picnic had several booths from various helping agencies to help introduce and welcome new families to the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyle E. Gese/Released)

Dee Dee Doherty, wife of Brig. Gen. Patrick Doherty, 82nd Training Wing commander, talks with members of the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce during the summer family picnic at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, July 20, 2016. The summer family picnic had several booths from various helping agencies to welcome and introduce new families to the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyle E. Gese/Released)

Dee Dee Doherty, wife of Brig. Gen. Patrick Doherty, 82nd Training Wing commander, talks with members of the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce during the summer family picnic at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, July 20, 2016. The summer family picnic had several booths from various helping agencies to welcome and introduce new families to the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyle E. Gese/Released)

Brig. Gen. Patrick Doherty, 82nd Training Wing commander, welcomes Staff Sgt. Joseph Caughron, 364th Training Squadron hydraulics instructor, and his wife, Casey, to Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, July 20, 2016. Doherty along with several other base helping agencies were on hand to welcome new families to the base during the summer family picnic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyle E. Gese/Released)

Brig. Gen. Patrick Doherty, 82nd Training Wing commander, welcomes Staff Sgt. Joseph Caughron, 364th Training Squadron hydraulics instructor, and his wife, Casey, to Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, July 20, 2016. Doherty along with several other base helping agencies were on hand to welcome new families to the base during the summer family picnic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyle E. Gese/Released)

Families from Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, played games, and ate food at the summer family picnic on July 20, 2016. The summer family picnic had several booths from various helping agencies to help welcome and introduce new families to what the base has to offer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyle E. Gese/Released)

Families from Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, played games, and ate food at the summer family picnic on July 20, 2016. The summer family picnic had several booths from various helping agencies to help welcome and introduce new families to what the base has to offer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyle E. Gese/Released)

Carolys Thompson, spouse of Master Sgt. Brandon Thompson, 82nd chapel operations superintendent, talks with Sara Peacock, 82nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron registered dietitian, about services health promotions offers at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, July 20, 2016. The summer family picnic had several booths from various helping agencies to help introduce and welcome new families to the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyle E. Gese/Released)

Carolys Thompson, spouse of Master Sgt. Brandon Thompson, 82nd chapel operations superintendent, talks with Sara Peacock, 82nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron registered dietitian, about services health promotions offers at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, July 20, 2016. The summer family picnic had several booths from various helping agencies to help introduce and welcome new families to the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyle E. Gese/Released)

Brig. Gen. Patrick Doherty, 82nd Training Wing commander, welcomes new families to Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, during the summer picnic, July 20, 2016. The picnic hosted several base helping agencies to welcome new families to the base and community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyle E. Gese/Released)

Brig. Gen. Patrick Doherty, 82nd Training Wing commander, welcomes new families to Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, during the summer picnic, July 20, 2016. The picnic hosted several base helping agencies to welcome new families to the base and community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyle E. Gese/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Pritchard, 82nd Training Wing command chief, and Chief Master Sgt. Eric Dudash, 372nd Training Squadron superintendent, grill food for the summer picnic at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, July 20, 2016. The picnic hosted several base helping agencies to welcome new families to the base and community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyle E. Gese/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Pritchard, 82nd Training Wing command chief, and Chief Master Sgt. Eric Dudash, 372nd Training Squadron superintendent, grill food for the summer picnic at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, July 20, 2016. The picnic hosted several base helping agencies to welcome new families to the base and community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyle E. Gese/Released)

Brig. Gen. Patrick Doherty, 82nd Training Wing commander, and his wife, Dee Dee, spend time visiting and greeting new families to Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, during the summer picnic, July 20, 2016. The picnic hosted several base helping agencies to welcome new families to the base and community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyle E. Gese/Released)

Brig. Gen. Patrick Doherty, 82nd Training Wing commander, and his wife, Dee Dee, spend time visiting and greeting new families to Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, during the summer picnic, July 20, 2016. The picnic hosted several base helping agencies to welcome new families to the base and community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyle E. Gese/Released)

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

New families were welcomed to Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, with a summer family picnic, July 20, 2016, held at the Youth Center by the 82nd Force Support Squadron.

 

The picnic was filled with food, fun, tours and information booths; packed with everything Airmen and their families need to know about the community.

 

“This was all about bringing our families together to meet with our helping agencies and to meet with our community, so our new families can transition more easily,” said Lisa Stone, 82nd FSS deputy.

 

The primary focus was placed on helping children adjust to their new surroundings, make friends, learn about the community and see first-hand what Sheppard has to offer them, but with all the parents corralled, Sheppard’s helping agencies greeted and welcomed them to their new home too.

 

“We have representatives from different schools and different clubs, such as Boys and Girl Scouts. We also advertised our FSS activities and what to do to get involved,” Stone said. “We wanted to find a way to reach out and have some of our youth center ambassadors meet with children new to the base.”

 

Some of the new families in attendance arrived a few months, or as recent as a few weeks ago, and flooded the halls of the Youth Center to learn about their new surroundings.

 

“This is a great opportunity for the entire family, not just the active duty member, to get out, meet new people, learn some things about the base and what services the base has to offer,” said Senior Master Sgt. Wade Clegg, 82nd Operations Support Squadron chief air traffic controller, who arrived here a few weeks ago. “I just found out all the good things that Sheppard Air Force Base and Wichita Falls has to offer … I can’t wait to see what the future has to offer us here at Sheppard.”

 

The goal of the family picnic was for children to make friends and help lessen the anxiety they may have with a permanent change of assignment. “It was our goal that no child would go to school the first day, not having met someone,” Stone said.