Story by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (AW) Crystal M. Mullen
SAN DIEGO – Commander Tactical Air Control Group (COMTACGRU) One, along with active duty and reserve Sailors held the annual Friends and Family Fun Day at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado on Sunday.
The Air Control Group was joined by Tactical Air Control (TACRON) Squadron Eleven, Tactical Air Control (TACRON) Squadron Twelve, Tactical Air Control (TACRON) Squadron 1194, and Tactical Air Control (TACRON) Squadron 1294 at Turner Field.
The event was organized by the command Ombudsman and set up by the First Class Association. Prior to this year, the annual event was held separate for both active and reserve Sailors.
“I have been here for six years and this is the first time that we have done this event with both the active and reserve Sailors together,” said, Command Ombudsman. “This is our way of saying thank you to the family members for the sacrifices they make for the Sailors.”
Volunteers from the commands manned the grills that fed the people in attendance.
“I volunteered to do the grilling for this event,” said Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Roque Gonzales. “This is the first command that I have been to where the reservists and active duty work and integrate well together.”
COMTACGRU One and the TACRON Squadrons, through a variety of ways, integrate their active and reserve Sailors to meet their mission.
“I feel we have the best active and reserve integration,” said Cdr. Walter Schnell. “We integrate them in exercises and the missions that we do.”
Reserve Sailors felt that the event was a great way to meet with the Active Sailors outside of the working environment.
“This is a great opportunity for the active and reserve Sailors of the command to interact together,” said Air Traffic Controller 3rd Class (AW/SW/DV) Michael Niederlander. “It is a great event with a positive atmosphere.”
Along with the barbeque there were activities for everyone in attendance to enjoy such as a dunk tank, softball game and volleyball to count a few.
“This is the first time that I have attended this event and it has exceeded my expectations,” said Information Systems Technician 1st Class (SW) Anthony L. Ogburn. “The kids are really happy and there are a lot of events for both the kids and adults to participate in.”
The event is held annually and is a way to give back to the families of the Sailors who serve at the command.