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6th Communications Squadron hosts family day

Airmen assigned to the 6th Communications Squadron and their families receive a briefing about the importance of the Davis Conference Center during an open house at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., August 9, 2019.

Airmen assigned to the 6th Communications Squadron and their families receive a briefing about the importance of the Davis Conference Center during an open house at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., August 9, 2019. During the open house, the families were able to learn more about what their loved ones do on a day-to-day basis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rito Smith)

Airmen assigned to the 6th Communications Squadron and their family member’s line up to eat at the Chapel following an open house at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., August 9, 2019.

Airmen assigned to the 6th Communications Squadron and their family member’s line up to eat at the Chapel following an open house at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., August 9, 2019. At the end of the day, Airmen and their loved ones gathered for food, games and fun. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rito Smith)

Airmen assigned to the 6th Communications Squadron and their families look at a manhole while learning about the mission of the cable team during an open house at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., August 9, 2019.

Airmen assigned to the 6th Communications Squadron and their families look at a manhole while learning about the mission of the cable team during an open house at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., August 9, 2019. The cable team demonstrated how they have to pump water from various manholes around the base in order to go in and maintain communications lines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rito Smith)

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

The 6th Communications Squadron hosted an open house August 9, 2019 at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida where they invited families to take a behind the scenes look at what it takes to keep communications on a base running.  

Senior Master Sgt. Felipe Perez, flight chief of plans and resources and MSgt Brandon McCall, section chief client systems, worked through coordinating approximately 50 family members attending the open house.

These families got a chance to immerse themselves in the cyber world to see how the 6th CS takes care of the 6th Air Mobility Wing and its mission partners through hard work each and every day.

 “This was a time for us to open our doors to showcase what we do and how we do it,” said Perez. “We wanted our families to know they are a part of the mission. With our families love, care, and support at home we can accomplish what we do for our unit, the wing, and the Air Force each and every day.”

During the tour, the families were taken through the various squadron buildings such as the communications focal point, client systems technical center, and mission defense team. Participants also received hands on demonstrations from the “cable dawgs” and satellite communications work centers before gathering at the chapel for food and group games. 

“Being prior service, I understood a little bit about the military but this event was enlightening for me to see some of the different pieces of the communications squadron that my wife is a part of,” said Bradley Keller. “My favorite part of the tour was learning some of the heritage of the different buildings and what these individuals had persevered.” 

This was the first time the 6th CS planned an open house event where families were able to see behind the scenes of what each Airman does.