(Via Ho’okele News)
Navy Operational Support Center Pearl Harbor (NOSC PH) and the First Class Petty Officer Association (FCPOA) hosted a family day picnic during its scheduled drill weekend on June 8 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
The annual event gives families and friends an opportunity to see how their loved ones support the mission of the Navy/Marine Corps team.
“Family day is a great opportunity for us to reach out to our deploying Sailors and their families. We are also doing some readiness training here today by offering information about services which are available to our Sailors that are deploying and the family that they are leaving behind,” said Neil McCown, NOSC Pearl Harbor commanding officer.
“We are also happy to see that everyone is having a good time here today. We wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to have a little fun, relax and enjoy the nice afternoon.”
The family day picnic acknowledges the sacrifices and support of family members for Reserve component Sailors where lengthy mobilizations and individual augmentations have become the norm.
“I think family day is important for the families to get together because this is not just for the families. It’s also readiness, to have training and to have our sponsored here to help out to get the Reservist mobilization-ready,” said Senior Chief Navy Counselor Andrea Russell, command senior chief, NOSC Pearl Harbor.
Many of the service members present had already deployed in support of Operations Enduring Freedom or Iraqi Freedom and the global war on terrorism.
“It’s also to let the families be assured that when we do have Sailors that are mobilized, that they have a lot of outreach programs that they can tap into to support them while their Sailors are away,” said Russell. “It’s important. This is huge because we don’t make it without our families.”
On view at the event were vehicles displayed by the Navy Seabees, Federal Fire Department, base security, a demonstration by Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam K-9 unit, and information booths.
“Throughout this whole year, we’ve raised funds between MWR and the First Class Petty Officer Association to raise money to have this event for the NOSC staff members, Reservists and their families to come out and enjoy a free event,” said Naval Aircrewman 1st Class Philip Digregorio.
“It’s good for the kids, families and the appreciation for them supporting what the Navy does and the NOSC staff do. It’s a really good time, and I’m glad that it was a great turnout.”
Over the course of the day, more than 200 men, women and children took advantage of the sun and warm temperatures by enjoying the entertainment, food and games.
“Family day to me is important because it brings all the family together; it involves the spouses and kids. It shows the Navy cares, not only for the service member but the entire family,” said Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Steven Unpingco. “It boosts morale within the family and it also shows appreciation.”
NOSC PH’s mission is to ensure that their Reservists are always ready to be fully integrated into the active force and rapidly deploy in support of the fleet.
Currently, NOSC PH has more than 50 Sailors on active duty orders assigned to various locations throughout the world.