For the holiday season, Airmen of the Maryland Air National Guard adopted a local military family to support and delivered gifts for other families in the community around Warfield Air National Guard Base.

The Top 3 Council of the 175th Wing hosted the Chavez family, who currently live in Rockville, Maryland, on base at Martin State Airport, December 20, 2022. During the visit, the family received gifts from Santa, had a catered lunch, visited the base fire department, and learned about the A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft assigned to the 104th Fighter Squadron.

“When we started discussing within the Top 3 what we were going to do for the holiday, many members felt like I did and wanted to do something for someone in the community,” said U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Monica Aragon, the senior enlisted leader for the 175th Logistics Readiness Squadron. “For that reason, I suggested Operation Ward 57 because they support wounded, injured, and ill service members and Gold Star Families.”

Operation Ward 57, a non-profit organization provides assistance and outreach to service members and their families during their recovery through advocacy, education, and promotion of their circumstances.