Children to visit McConnell Air Force Base today

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.