First Shirts: Showing appreciation for Airmen

Operation Warm Heart sponsored a free meal event for Airmen of the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing in an effort to raise awareness about the program July 15, 2016 at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. OWH is an organization that has helped local Airmen and their families by providing quick, crisis averting support in times of emergency and financial strife. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James Thompson/Released)

Operation Warm Heart sponsored a free meal event for Airmen of the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing in an effort to raise awareness about the program July 15, 2016 at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. OWH is an organization that has helped local Airmen and their families by providing quick, crisis averting support in times of emergency and financial strife. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James Thompson/Released)

Master Sgt. Nathaniel, 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing first sergeant, explains the importance of Operation Warm Heart to other Airmen July 15, 2016 at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada.  Operation Warm Heart is a nonprofit organization created to help Airmen and their families of the community in times of emergency and financial crisis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James Thompson/Released)

Master Sgt. Nathaniel, 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing first sergeant, explains the importance of Operation Warm Heart to other Airmen July 15, 2016 at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. Operation Warm Heart is a nonprofit organization created to help Airmen and their families of the community in times of emergency and financial crisis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James Thompson/Released)

Airmen from 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing enjoy a free meal sponsored by Operation Warm Heart July 15, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada.  The Nellis and Creech First Sergeants Association maintain and support OWH since they uphold a high degree of integrity and responsibility in supporting Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James Thompson/Released)

Airmen from 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing enjoy a free meal sponsored by Operation Warm Heart July 15, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. The Nellis and Creech First Sergeants Association maintain and support OWH since they uphold a high degree of integrity and responsibility in supporting Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James Thompson/Released)

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada --

Recently, Airmen of the 432nd Wing and 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing received a big ‘thank you’ for their contributions to the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper community from the Creech Air Force Base First Sergeants Association with an Operation Warm Heart sponsored event, July 15, 2016.

Approximately 45 Airmen received a free lunch from the nonprofit organization established to receive, manage and distribute charitable funds to all service members and their families of the Nellis and Creech AFB community in times of emergency and financial crisis. 

 

“The purpose of this event was to take care of the Airmen and raise morale,” said Master Sgt. Nathaniel, 432nd WG/432nd AEW first sergeant. “It also served as an opportunity to raise awareness of what Operation Warm Heart is and what they do for our Airmen.”

Through the efforts of the Combined Federal Campaign and other major sponsors within the local community, funds are raised to provide support to those who work hard to serve the United States. 

 

“We ensure Airmen are not alone and offset emergency expenses for out of town family member’s lodging, food and transportation during emergency situations,” said Nathaniel.

 

Since many Airmen were unaware of the OWH Program, the event offered time for both education and socialization while allowing others the chance to donate to support their fellow Airmen.

 

“I think this is a good experience that builds morale,” said Senior Airman Lindsay. “This is especially true for the younger Airmen.”

The event, which was open to all ranks, provided a much needed break from operations, support and maintenance operations.

 

“Since there aren’t many restaurants on base, it was nice to get out and bring people together in a different way,” Lindsay said. “Everyone was excited to hang out with their co-workers and enjoy free lunch.”

Still the importance of the program wasn’t overshadowed as Airmen were reminded that in 2015, Operation Warm Heart distributed $73,014.31 in charitable funds to more than 90 Airmen and their families.

An average of approximately $776.75 was issued to each family to help lessen the impact of emergency situations. 

“It’s nice to give back to the Airmen of Creech with something everyone enjoys,” said Master Sgt. Vidal, 432nd WG/432nd AEW first sergeant.

This is the second event held on Creech Air Force Base by OWH in 2016.

“We will continue to build working relationships with our community partners to ensure the availability and service of the program,” said an OWH spokesperson.  “Airmen taking care of Airmen is our main goal.”