HOHENFELS, GERMANY -- It was a dream come true for the children of the Gutersloh community as helicopters and emergency vehicles lined up for display along the Gutersloh Air Base tarmac.

The two hour flight to Gutersloh Air Base was well worth the travel time to Maj. James Tully who hails from the Falcon team, the Joint Multinational Readiness Center's (JMRC) Aviation Support Observer Coach Trainer (OCT) team.

"We understand the importance of community events in USAREUR, and were excited to work with partner nations and interact with Gutersloh's local community," said Tully.

Children's Day Out is an annual event held at Gutersloh Air Base in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, hosted by the British Army as an outreach to the children and families of the Gutersloh community.

As the Operations Controller and Flight Planner for the British 1st Regiment, Army Air Corps, Pam Flora feels strongly about the great community work that has been done in order to make Children's Day a reality.

"This is the one day disabled children have the opportunity to get out and really be themselves," stated Flora. "They will talk about it for years."

However, rewarding experiences like this rely on hard work behind the scenes to make it all possible.

"This event took months of preparation, from the finances, insurance, risk assessment, flying hours, to ensuring each commitment," stated Flora, who is satisfied that the hard work is worth the payoff.

Children's Day has been the initiative of British Army Soldiers from 1st Regiment, Army Air Corps for the past fourteen years. As Gutersloh Airbase is set to close in September, this is the final Children's Day event to be held.

With the allied nations of the United States, Great Britain and Germany coming together to make Children's Day Out a reality, the occasion is truly a landmark partnership event.

"I would like to thank the Germans and the U.S. for their support," said Flora. "We could not do this alone. With their support, today was perfect."

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