Team Shaw celebrates Military Child Month

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- The 20th Force Support Squadron hosted a Month of the Military Child celebration at the sports complex April 8.

Approximately 2,000 Team Shaw members participated in events including an egg hunt, magic show and military working dog demonstration.

These family resiliency activities, which tie into the 20th Fighter Wing priorities of mission, Airmen, and families, are important because they give Team Shaw members the opportunity to come together as a community and take care of one another, said Staff Sgt. AnneMarie Swartz, 20th FSS unit training manager and event volunteer. The celebration helps to recognize the families of service members, who also make sacrifices.

The MOMC was first recognized in 1986 to show support and thank the more than 1.8 million military children for the sacrifices they make.

Older children may take over family duties when a parent deploys, meaning additional responsibilities and stressors which add to the impact made by family separations, said Nicole Moore, 20th FSS Youth Center teen coordinator.

Celebrations which focus on the resiliency of Airmen and their families gives them opportunities to just play and have fun.

For more information about other MOMC events, visit the 20th FSS website.