MacDill families receive support through deployed family nights

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  • By Senior Airman Vernon L. Fowler Jr.
  • 6th Air Mobility Wing public affairs
Deployments affect everyone from military personnel, to their spouses and children. It is always important to provide the necessary support to help Airmen and their families cope with the difficulties of being separated.

Specifically, the 6th Force Support Squadron's Youth Programs at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, has recently implemented quarterly Deployed Family Nights. These family nights began with a Canvas and Cupcakes event on Nov. 4, 2015.

"The purpose of the deployed family nights is for families to socialize, provide support for them and their children, and have fun," said Chris Hug, Youth Programs director.

The first event was focused on painting family portraits. Future events will include activities such as pottery, kickball and bingo.

"We want activities that allow our families to be engaged," said Hug.

Additionally, each event will have an Airman and Family Readiness Center representative, as well as a Military Family Life consultant, to assist with any issues or questions that families may have.

The next scheduled Deployed Family Night is on Feb. 19, 2016, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Youth Center. The theme will be "Pottery and Pizza."

For more information contact Chris Hug at 813-828-7438 or