Airmen with the 88th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and the 15th Airlift Squadron out of Joint Base Charleston, load humanitarian aid onto a C-17 Globemaster III at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Aug. 23. The humanitarian mission delivered 50 tons of food and water to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (U.S. Air Force photos/Michelle Gigante)

A look back at 2019 at Wright-Patterson AFB: A culture of caring

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base personnel, as individuals or team members, rose to many challenges during 2019. Here’s a look at the past 12 months of volunteering events and activities at Wright-Patt:

Volunteer and community outreach

• The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force celebrated its 37th annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet April 5 during which more than 600 volunteers were honored. David Hills of Miamisburg, Ohio, was selected as the Museum Volunteer of the Year for 2018 for his dedication and excellence in serving the museum and the U.S. Air Force.

• Airman 1st Class Morgan Reid, an air traffic controller, landed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for her first assignment. She hit the ground running and set out to find an opportunity to give back to the community. In her search she came across Chicktime, an all-women’s charity that serves local underprivileged children by teaching them valuable skills and providing them with love and support. Chicktime brings together like-minded women who empower each other and children to break the cycle of abuse. As the Dayton chapter leader, Reid has garnered a rotation of 60 volunteers who host monthly workshops.

• Celebrating its 75th year making a positive contribution to the quality of life within the WPAFB community, the Wright-Patterson Officers’ Spouses Club finished its 2018-2019 year with $50,000 in charitable donations to the base community, local surrounding communities, national organizations and academic scholarships.

• Officials from the Beavercreek Township and Beavercreek Fire Department visited Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Dec. 13 to thank the Wright-Patterson Fire Department for its assistance following the May 27-28 tornadoes.

• A series of tornadoes struck the Miami Valley region the night of May 27-28, ranging in strength from EF0 to EF4, according to the National Weather Service.

• One of the EF3 tornadoes left a 10-mile path that went through Beavercreek, causing extensive damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure along its path.

• The Wright-Patterson Fire Department came to the assistance of several local communities immediately following the tornadoes.

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