Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Deployed Sabers reach out to Romanian community

by Senior Airman Benjamin Wilson
52nd Fighter Wing, Public Affairs

10/27/2009 - CAMPIA TURZII, Romania -- Members of the 52nd Fighter Wing deployed to Campia Turzii, Romania, recently donated their time and money to help renovate a children's community center dedicated to helping local children with their academic studies.

"I think it is awesome to come into an area and provide help for their people," said Master Sgt. Sheryl Monroe, 52nd Communications Squadron first sergeant. "It strengthens community relations and keeps them wanting us to come back and train."

The deployed members provided aesthetic upgrades and school supplies to center. They also hope to raise enough money to donate a computer before they leave.

The center has teachers on staff and works with about 250 families in the local community helping about 50 children with their school work.

Airmen deployed from Spangdahlem were glad to help with the community's efforts to improve their children's quality of life.

"I asked the first sergeant if there would be any special activities happening during the TDY and she told me about this project," said Staff Sgt. Dennis Sawyer, 52nd Equipment Maintenance Squadron. "No matter where you are in the world there are kids in need, and if helping this school out gives them a better future, I am more than happy to help."

The servicemembers are in Romania supporting Operation Dacian Thunder, a combined training exercise with the Romanian air force.

CAMPIA TURZII, Romania – Children from the town of Turda, Romania, smile in front of a static display of an A-10 Thunderbolt II while visiting the 71st Air Base Wing Oct. 26. Members of Spangdalem Air Base deployed in support of Operation Dacian Thunder 2009 explained the parts of the A-10 and let them operate the hose of a fire truck during their visit. The deployed units also donated money and time to help renovate a community center dedicated to helping local children with their academic studies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Wilson) Hi-res

Note: This is A-10C 82-0654, still with wrong serial number markings (AF 81 654).


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