Redstone Arsenal, Ala.- Family and friends came together as U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command celebrated its Organization Day on Oct. 6.

The command was not alone as it was invited to join the Missile Defense Agency's Family Day celebrations. Prior to kicking off the event, MDA hosted a dedication as it officially opened its doors to the new Von Braun III building.

There were several events for family members to partake in, including a car show, volleyball, basketball, a magic show, dunk tank, sumo wrestling and more.

"This year's Organization Day event was enjoyable," said Stacey McSweeney, SMDC congressional liaison specialist. "I had the opportunity to see some people I hadn't seen in awhile, as well as interact with coworkers in a relaxed environment.

She talked about what she enjoyed at the event and also what she would like to see changed in the future.

"Watching the kids at the dunk tank was entertaining and I enjoyed wandering through VBIII building, as well," McSweeney said. "In the future I would like to see more food options, and I'd love to see a vegetarian option."

One of the attendees present was a former SMDC employee who came to be with his daughter, who is carrying on the family tradition.

"It is great to be here," said Mel Foster from Ardmore, Tenn. Foster, who was an engineer with SMDC from 1963 through 1989, came to spend time with his daughter, Cindy Otwell. "A lot of things have changed since I last worked here, but it is great to be here among family and friends.

"For those who work here, I would say to keep on doing the great things you are doing for our nation," he added. "It was a wonderful place to work at, and I am glad I got a chance to come back and be a part of this team once again."