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A ‘Military Morning’ for local Tampa elementary

Members of Team MacDill and Roosevelt Elementary faculty take a group photo in Tampa, Fla., Oct. 15, 2020.

Members of Team MacDill and Roosevelt Elementary faculty take a group photo in Tampa, Fla., Oct. 15, 2020. The event, dubbed “Military Morning” was coordinated by Roosevelt Elementary faculty and members of the 6th Air Refueling Wing to demonstrate the mutual support between MacDill’s service members and the Tampa Bay community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam R. Shanks)

Members of Team MacDill greet students on their way to school at Roosevelt Elementary in Tampa, Fla., Oct. 15, 2020.

Members of Team MacDill greet students on their way to school at Roosevelt Elementary in Tampa, Fla., Oct. 15, 2020. The event, dubbed “Military Morning” was coordinated by Roosevelt Elementary faculty and members of the 6th Air Refueling Wing to demonstrate the mutual support between MacDill’s service members and the Tampa Bay community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam R. Shanks)

Members of Team MacDill greet students on their way to school at Roosevelt Elementary in Tampa, Fla., Oct. 15, 2020.

Members of Team MacDill greet students on their way to school at Roosevelt Elementary in Tampa, Fla., Oct. 15, 2020. The event, dubbed “Military Morning” was coordinated by Roosevelt Elementary faculty and members of the 6th Air Refueling Wing to demonstrate the mutual support between MacDill’s service members and the Tampa Bay community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam R. Shanks)

Members of Team MacDill greet students on their way to school at Roosevelt Elementary in Tampa, Fla., Oct. 15, 2020.

Members of Team MacDill greet students on their way to school at Roosevelt Elementary in Tampa, Fla., Oct. 15, 2020. The event, dubbed “Military Morning” was coordinated by Roosevelt Elementary faculty and members of the 6th Air Refueling Wing to demonstrate the mutual support between MacDill’s service members and the Tampa Bay community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam R. Shanks)

Members of Team MacDill greet students on their way to school at Roosevelt Elementary in Tampa, Fla., Oct. 15, 2020.

Members of Team MacDill greet students on their way to school at Roosevelt Elementary in Tampa, Fla., Oct. 15, 2020. The event, dubbed “Military Morning” was coordinated by Roosevelt Elementary faculty and members of the 6th Air Refueling Wing to demonstrate the mutual support between MacDill’s service members and the Tampa Bay community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam R. Shanks)

Members of Team MacDill salute students on their way to school at Roosevelt Elementary in Tampa, Fla., Oct. 15, 2020.

Members of Team MacDill salute students on their way to school at Roosevelt Elementary in Tampa, Fla., Oct. 15, 2020. The event, dubbed “Military Morning” was coordinated by Roosevelt Elementary faculty and members of the 6th Air Refueling Wing to demonstrate the mutual support between MacDill’s service members and the Tampa Bay community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam R. Shanks)

Members of Team MacDill greet students on their way to school at Roosevelt Elementary in Tampa, Fla., Oct. 15, 2020.

Members of Team MacDill greet students on their way to school at Roosevelt Elementary in Tampa, Fla., Oct. 15, 2020. The event, dubbed “Military Morning” was coordinated by Roosevelt Elementary faculty and members of the 6th Air Refueling Wing to demonstrate the mutual support between MacDill’s service members and the Tampa Bay community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam R. Shanks)

Members of Team MacDill stand in front of Roosevelt Elementary to greet students on their way to school in Tampa, Fla., Oct. 15, 2020.

Members of Team MacDill stand in front of Roosevelt Elementary to greet students on their way to school in Tampa, Fla., Oct. 15, 2020. The event, dubbed “Military Morning” was coordinated by Roosevelt Elementary faculty and members of the 6th Air Refueling Wing to demonstrate the mutual support between MacDill’s service members and the Tampa Bay community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam R. Shanks)

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

Service members from MacDill Air Force Base, Florida visited a local elementary school to show support to the students, Oct. 15, 2020 in Tampa.

More than 15 Airmen, Marines and Sailors greeted the elementary students as they made their way to Roosevelt Elementary to start the day with a warm greeting from MacDill’s military members.

“An event like this is just a heartwarming opportunity to show our support to the community and especially support the kids during this challenging year,” said Master Sgt. Wesley Walker, the 6th Operations Group first sergeant.

Walker stated that the last “Military Morning” was held in 2018 and received overwhelming praise from the children and their families.

This year, Bradley Thye, the school security officer at Roosevelt Elementary, who retired from MacDill and previously served as the 6th Communications Squadron first sergeant invited Airmen like Walker to rally up members to solidify the military partnership with the Tampa community.

"There's a lot of untapped love and appreciation for our military in this community and we wanted to do something simple that allows us to highlight the servant nature and kindness of our men and women in uniform,” said Thye. “On behalf of the Tampa community, I'd like to personally thank those who came out to our event.  Our goal is to make this an annual occurrence, and potentially include other schools in the Tampa community: a simple glimpse of these heroes in uniform goes a long way in building the kids up, and it's something they will always remember."