94TH AAMDC Soldiers Celebrate the Holidays
December 16, 2011
Fort Shafter, Hawaii--The 94th Air and Missile Defense Command held their annual Holiday party at the Aliamanu Military Reservation chapel on December 13.
Soldiers and family members enjoyed the festivities that were prepared by the 94th AAMDC's Family Readiness Group.
"We had our annual holiday party and our FRG took control of it and did all of the planning and the preparation. Our FRG got together and figured out a schedule and got a location figured out how to provide meals and activities for the families," said Renea Wyen, the 94thFamily Readiness Support Advisor, a native of Tucson Arizona.
As a result of the hard work that was put into the party soldiers and their family members had a good time at the party.
"Everyone brought food and we socialized and had a fun time," said SSG Juan Mateo, G3 administrative noncommissioned officer in charge, and a native of New York City. "There was a Santa and we were able to take pictures. It was an awesome event; even the kids had a good time running around."
Planning events like this can keep the planners on edge because they never know who will attend.
"It went really well, we had a good turn-out. We had good support from the unit, the location was good it was the perfect size and we had the right amount of food. We even had Santa and everything turned out really well," said Wyen.
Although the soldiers see one another during the duty day events like this allows them to socialize and talk about things instead of work.
Events planned by the FRG allows families and soldiers to meet and talk to people they might never have had the opportunity to do so before.
"I sat with people from different sections and we were all have a good time. Even the smaller details with the candy Christmas trees and arts and crafts section for the kids were awesome. This was one of the best holiday parties I have been to, said Mateo.
For some it is all about the enjoyment of others and ensuring their success.
"It feels great because the spouses feel good. The FRG does most of the work I just support them. They are the ones that are really putting the sweat and creative process into it. They love to see everyone there and I like to see them enjoying the fruits of their labor. I love to see a big turn-out," said Wyen.
Without a supportive command and family support events like the holiday party would never happen.
"Command support is very important for these events to happen. We have a really fantastic command team. They are very enthusiastic about ensuring that our families and unit are cohesive. Without their support, none of this would be going on," said Wyen.