Airmen in your community: D-M Dads stand-up AFRC program

2014-02-17T00:00:00Z Airmen in your community: D-M Dads stand-up AFRC programby Senior Airman Camilla Elizeu 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Arizona Daily Star

The D-M Dad's group will have its first gathering, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. at the Get Air Tucson Trampoline Park near downtown Tucson.

The group is a way for fathers to receive information on all the different services and assistance that is available for their families.

"We are trying to get as many fathers and their children out to this event," said MSgt Marcus Sydow, 923rd Aircraft Maintenance production superintendent. "We are planning on meeting up once a month. Once we grow we would like to make it biweekly, one meeting for advocacy and support and one meeting for a fun event."

The D-M's Dads Group is for all military fathers, whether active duty or dependents, no matter the age of their children.

"In most military families, the father is the military member, and with deployments, temporary duties and training it can be difficult to be a military dad," Sydow said. "So we came up with the idea to just get together, dads and kids only, and have fun events. Men seem to communicate better when being active and having fun as opposed to meetings, so this is a good way for fathers to learn from each other."

The group was formed in September of 2013 and is still under construction.

"We want to highlight the positives and get all fathers together so they can create a bond not only amongst each other but strengthen the bonds with their children." Sydow said.

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Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, known as “D-M” to our neighbors, is home to the 355th Fighter Wing, the premier air combat base for all Air Force A-10 C fighter aircraft training. Davis-Monthan is also home to other vital Department of Defense units including 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), 55th Electronic Combat Group, 563rd Rescue Group and the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, nicknamed “The Boneyard.”

Davis-Monthan is located within the city limits of Tucson, Ariz., and has been an integral part of the Tucson community since its dedication in 1927. In fiscal year 2012, Davis-Monthan circulated approximately $1.1 billion ($1.6 billion including retirees) into the local community and created 4,687 jobs in Tucson. The more than 10,800 personnel, who are assigned and employed at Davis-Monthan, live, work and educate their children in the Tucson metropolitan area. Nearly 75 percent of our 7,537 military service members live off base.

D-M Airmen are proud to serve their country, deploying to nearly every corner of the globe. At any given time 500 or more are deployed in support of worldwide operations. D-M Airmen are also proud to call Tucson home. The valuable relationship with the Tucson community and Southern Arizona supporters helps us achieve our missions.

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