Base shows appreciation for deployees and their families

Tech. Sgt. Steven Mutka, a deployee from the 17th Security Forces Squadron, and son Andrew Mutka serve themselves during the pre-deployment picnic at the Goodfellow Event Center July 20. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kamaile Chan)

Tech. Sgt. Steven Mutka, a deployee from the 17th Security Forces Squadron, and son Andrew Mutka serve themselves during the pre-deployment picnic at the Goodfellow Event Center July 20. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kamaile Chan)

Seven-year-old Tyannah Swenson receives a backpack full of goodies, donated by the Top 3 Association, from Maj. Pat  Baker, 17th Civil Engineer commander, in appreciation for the support of her father, Staff Sgt. Christopher Swenson, who will be deploying soon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kamaile Chan)

Seven-year-old Tyannah Swenson receives a backpack full of goodies, donated by the Top 3 Association, from Maj. Pat Baker, 17th Civil Engineer commander, in appreciation for the support of her father, Staff Sgt. Christopher Swenson, who will be deploying soon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kamaile Chan)

Major Hunter Sawders, 17th Security Forces Squadron commander, presents 15-month-old Leon Sanders III, with a certificate of appreciation during the pre-deployment picnic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kamaile Chan)

Major Hunter Sawders, 17th Security Forces Squadron commander, presents 15-month-old Leon Sanders III, with a certificate of appreciation during the pre-deployment picnic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kamaile Chan)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The annual pre-deployment picnic was held at the Goodfellow Event Center on July 20. The event welcomed deployees as well as their family and friends.

Goodfellow's local Senior NCO professional military organization, the Goodfellow Top 3 , helped plan and organize the event.

More than 200 people were in attendance to enjoy the picnic style menu of hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, cookies and drinks.
 
Children of the deployees were presented with certificates of appreciation and backpacks full of goodies by squadron commanders. Col. Merrily Madero, 17th Training Wing vice commander, was on hand to send out a few words of appreciation to the deployees and their family members.

"It meant a lot that this picnic was put together," said Senior Airman Brandi Giles of the 17th Contracting Squadron. "I am totally pumped and ready to deploy!"