By Staff Sgt. Michael R. Noggle,10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs OfficeJuly 22, 2010
FORT CARSON, Colo.-Families from the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) spent a day with their Soldiers during this year's Family Day July 16.
More than 800 Soldiers and their Families enjoyed an eventful day which included static displays of military equipment, competition events as well as activities for children of all ages. The event provided the Soldier's of 10th SFG(A) the opportunity to show Families their work areas and allowed some off time from day-to-day operations.
"This type of event is important because it draws the Families of our Soldiers closer to the unit, allowing them to experience a small part of what we do and have fun doing it," said Capt. Matthew Chaney, 3rd Battalion, 10th SFG (A) assistant operations officer and Family Day coordinator.
One of the main attractions was a Jane Wayne competition which featured more than 100 spouses teaming to compete in shooting, a sandbag relay and a vehicle push.
"It was an exciting event and we got a lot of positive feedback from the military spouses," Chaney said. "It was a team building experience and highlighted a few of the many challenges 10th SFG(A) Soldiers endure during every day of training."
At the conclusion of the day, the children participated in an obstacle course as well as a team event to test their strengths. After three months of preparation and planning, the Soldiers who coordinated the event were satisfied with the Families' reactions.
"It was certainly worth all the work," Chaney explained. "I think the Families had fun, and, as a unit, we were able to give a small gift to our spouses and children that sacrifice so much for the success of our group."