Airmen in your community: Patients from Steele Children's Research Center tour D-M

2014-06-23T00:00:00Z Airmen in your community: Patients from Steele Children's Research Center tour D-MAirman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Arizona Daily Star

Pediatric patients from the University of Arizona Steele Children's Research Center and their families attended a tour of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 12, 2014.

Steele Children's Research Center specializes in better treatments for pediatric illnesses such as Type 1 diabetes, cancer and cystic fibrosis.

The tour was hosted by the 41st Electronic Combat Squadron and its purpose was to give the children and their families a chance to get away from their daily medical ordeals by interacting with D-M personnel and equipment.

"The tour was intended to give the kids a day to be a kid free from the struggles of their illness," said Capt. Joshua Palochak, 41st ECS weapons and tactics flight commander. "The only rule was to have fun."

Palochak learned about Steele Children's Research Center and their mission to combat pediatric illness after being honored by Father's Day Council Tucson as one of 2014's six Fathers of the Year. Father's Day Council Tucson's mission is to honor exceptional fathers in the community as well as raise money for Type 1 diabetes research.

"The research they are doing to find a cure for juvenile diabetes is nothing short of awe-inspiring," Palochak said. "As one of the parents told me, dealing with Type 1 diabetes is a life-long fight and there is often no outlet for these children and their families."

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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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