• A child of a Mission and Installation Contracting Command member gets
camouflage paint put on his face during the MICC's Bring Your Child to Work
Day Nov. 20, 2012, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

    Children spend day at MICC

    A child of a Mission and Installation Contracting Command member gets camouflage paint put on his face during the MICC's Bring Your Child to Work Day Nov. 20, 2012, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

  • Brig. Gen. Kirk Vollmecke and Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney Rhoades talk to
children of Mission and Installation Contracting Command members during the MICC's Bring Your Child to Work Day Nov. 20, 2012, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

    Children spend day at MICC

    Brig. Gen. Kirk Vollmecke and Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney Rhoades talk to children of Mission and Installation Contracting Command members during the MICC's Bring Your Child to Work Day Nov. 20, 2012, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

  • Children of Mission and Installation Contracting Command members participate in games during the MICC's Bring Your Child to Work Day Nov. 20, 2012, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

    Children spend day at MICC

    Children of Mission and Installation Contracting Command members participate in games during the MICC's Bring Your Child to Work Day Nov. 20, 2012, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

  • Christian Burek sits in a military vehicle during the Mission and Installation Contracting Command's Bring Your Child to Work Day Nov. 20, 2012, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

    Children spend day at MICC

    Christian Burek sits in a military vehicle during the Mission and Installation Contracting Command's Bring Your Child to Work Day Nov. 20, 2012, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

  • Pete Hunter briefs children about contracting during the Mission and Installation Contracting Command Bring Your Child to Work Day Nov. 20, 2012, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Hunter is from the MICC Small Business Programs.

    Children spend day at MICC

    Pete Hunter briefs children about contracting during the Mission and Installation Contracting Command Bring Your Child to Work Day Nov. 20, 2012, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Hunter is from the MICC Small Business Programs.

  • Kierstin Lazenby plays with slime she made during arts and crafts as part of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command's Bring Your Child to Work Day Nov. 20, 2012, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

    Children spend day at MICC

    Kierstin Lazenby plays with slime she made during arts and crafts as part of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command's Bring Your Child to Work Day Nov. 20, 2012, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

  • Logan Drake, left, and Brayden Lazenby play with slime they made during the Mission and Installation Contracting Command's Bring Your Child to Work Day Nov. 20, 2012, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

    Children spend day at MICC

    Logan Drake, left, and Brayden Lazenby play with slime they made during the Mission and Installation Contracting Command's Bring Your Child to Work Day Nov. 20, 2012, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Smiles, laughter and happiness could be seen and heard at the Mission and Installation Contracting Command during the unit's Bring Your Child to Work Day Nov. 20 here.

Children of MICC employees spent the day learning about what their parents do for a living as well as having fun with their parents and hosts for the event -- MICC Commanding General Brig. Gen. Kirk Vollmecke and Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney Rhoades.

The general welcomed all the children and guests to start the day, then invited them all to walk around the historic Long Barracks building, a structure dating back to 1885 and home to the MICC since March 2012 following its renovation. Rhoades addressed the children too, and taught them how to give an enthusiastic Army "Hooah."

Following the welcome, children learned about the mission of the command and also participated in arts and crafts with their parents. Ranging in age from 3 to 16, children also learned how to make slime, made bracelets and necklaces, built a Thanksgiving memento, and had a personalized caricature created by a volunteer.

"We wanted to show our next generation that contracting can be fun, and what their parents do is important to the Army and our nation," said Pete Hunter of the MICC Small Business Programs, who taught the children about contracting.

After a pizza lunch and ice cream social, children played in the playground area adjacent to the MICC headquarters. Waiting for them outside were members of the 323rd Army Band, "Fort Sam's Own," who entertained the children with lively and current songs and took time to talk to the children about musicianship. Also outside were military vehicles on display for the children to crawl in and explore.

The City of San Antonio also participated in the MICC's Bring Your Child to Work Day. Officials brought a San Antonio Police Department vehicle and McGruff the crime dog for the children to meet, and the San Antonio Fire Department's Sparky the dog was on hand to help bring awareness to fire safety.

While Rhoades applied war paint to the children's faces to make them look like young warriors, MICC officials set up a variety of competitive games for the children to accomplish with their parents.

The day concluded with Vollmecke wishing them well and presenting mementos from the day.

"I didn't know work could be so much fun," said teenager Cynthia Gentry, who participated in the event with her father, Simba Gentry, from the MICC Manpower Office.

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