• Families take on Inflatable Challenge

  • Post families participated in team-building activities and navigated through inflatable play areas as the Month of the Military Child events came to a close with the Family Fun Inflatable Challenge April 27 at Doniphan Field.

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    Post families participated in team-building activities and navigated through inflatable play areas as the Month of the Military Child events came to a close with the Family Fun Inflatable Challenge April 27 at Doniphan Field.
    The event, funded by a Child and Youth Services Ready and Resilient grant, was a first for MOMC activities.
    “We were brainstorming ideas for a Ready and Resilient community outreach event and thought it would tie in well with Month of the Military Child,” said Amanda Buckingham, CYS school liaison officer. “The idea for a family-centered event with various team-building stations grew from there.”
    During the event, families made their way through eight different stations that tested their communication skills and their ability to work as a team. When they finished, they were entered into a drawing for a chance to win a bowling package for four at Strike Zone Bowling Center.
    “It is so much fun seeing all these families working as a unit and they’re having so much fun,” said Sara Thompson, CYS training specialist.
    “I really just enjoy seeing the parents playing with their kids, and they’re laughing and having a good time and they’re really encouraging each other,” Buckingham added. “It is so great.”
    Families agreed that it was a fun event to take part in.
    “We like doing family activities, and we like to support the activities that are provided by the post,” said Barbara Brown. “I love (MOMC) because I think kids are the forgotten ones. The kids just move along, so they can feel special in this month and know they are thought of, too.”
    Brown participated in the event with her husband Lt. Col. Chris Brown, an observer/controller/trainer with the Mission Command Training Program; their 8-year-old twins Luca and Zoey; and their 15-year-old niece Lana Reuter from Germany, who is staying with them for the year.
    Reuter said she has enjoyed staying with them at Fort Leavenworth.
    “There are lots of activities here for the family, and I like it here because it is safe,” she said.
    For Air National Guard Maj. Angela Schmidt, Command and General Staff Officer Course student, celebrating MOMC activities in general was a first for her family because this is the first time her family has accompanied her for an active-duty assignment.
    “Fort Leavenworth is super friendly and we couldn’t have had a better experience this year,” Schmidt said. “We’ve met such amazing families this year and the amazing kids. That is what we’re going to take away from this experience is all the amazing families we’ve met. I know my kids have made friends for life.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Schmidt participated in the event with her husband, Loren, and their four children: 9-year-old Evelyn, 6-year-old Danica, 4-year-old Riley and 2-year-old Madelyn.
    “My kids, I was surprised how much they worked together and did teamwork,” Schmidt said. “What I liked about this event was it was appropriate for all ages. This is the kind of stuff we like.”
    Carrie Bradke, CYS training specialist, said they had one main goal for the event.
    “We just hope families gain resiliency skills that they can use daily in their family day to day,” Bradke said. “Military families are so unique, especially military children.”
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