More than 100 boys and girls in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program are scheduled to visit McConnell Air Force Base today.
The event, “Big For A Day,” is sponsored by the 349th Air Refueling Squadron and is an opportunity for the children to experience the base and develop long-lasting bonds with airmen stationed at McConnell.
Big Brothers Big Sisters helps boys and girls achieve their full potential through long-term relationships with carefully screened volunteers. Most of the children are considered at risk and live in single-parent homes.
While on McConnell, the “littles” will be matched with Air Force “bigs.” To start the day, the airmen and their littles will visit a hangar on the flightline to see Air Force equipment -- including a KC-135 Stratotanker air refueling aircraft, a robot the 22nd Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit operates to detect and disarm bombs, a military working dog demonstration by the 22nd Security Forces Squadron and other displays.
In the afternoon, they will go to the base fishing pond to participate one-on-one in a variety of activities including fishing, archery and paintball.