BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- More than 400 family members and friends visited the 548th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group here for the 2019 Friends and Family Open House, April 3.
Tours, briefings and demonstrations during the event provided attendees with an inside look at the important work their Airmen perform daily to protect the safety and security of the nation.
“It’s nice seeing where my husband works on a daily basis,” said Melinda May, whose husband works in the 9th Intelligence Squadron. “It’s great to learn first-hand about what he does at work.”
In addition to workplace tours, 548th ISRG Airmen hosted other activities, including a balloon room, a photo booth, and a virtual reality station.
“The annual open house is a fun event and highlights our mission to our families, friends, and community supporters,” said Col. Scott Nahrgang, 548th ISRG commander. “It gives me and the chief another occasion to speak directly to family members and let them know we’re really proud of their Airmen.”
Senior Master Sgt. Craig Hawthorne, 13th Intelligence Squadron signals intelligence operations superintendent and lead coordinator for the event, said the open house was a great opportunity for family members to see a bit behind the curtain, as well as the mission the unit conducts.
“I was proud to take lead for this year’s event because my family came in and I was able to give them a bit of information and insight about my job,” said Hawthorne. “I wanted everyone else to have that same experience.”
While family members were touring exhibits, they were also able to enjoy food and spend time getting to meet their Airman’s wingmen.
Hawthorne was very pleased with the turn out and said the event was an all-around success.
“If I can show my job to my six-year-old and see him smile, it’s all worth it to me,” said Hawthorne.