Family, friends, neighbors get inside look at Air Station Detroit

Guest post by Lt. Jason Neiman of Air Station Detroit

Photo of Air Station Detroit family day

DETROIT - Family, friends and neighbors of members of Coast Guard Air Station Detroit gather in front of a helicopter during Family Day at the Air Station Sept. 15, 2011. The event was an opportunity for those with family, friends and neighbors to witness what the Coast Guardsmen of Air Station Detroit do on a daily basis. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

DETROIT – Family, friends and neighbors of members of Coast Guard Air Station Detroit gather in front of a helicopter during Family Day at the Air Station Sept. 15, 2011. The event was an opportunity for attendees to witness what the Coast Guardsmen of Air Station Detroit do on a daily basis. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Air Station Detroit hosted a Family Day Sept. 15, so family, friends and neighbors could check out the unit up close and personal.

The event kicked off with the loud cry of the search and rescue alarm and a mock launch of one of the air station’s helicopters.

“It’s important for the families to see how busy the crews are when they are getting ready to launch on a search and rescue case,” said Lt. Tasha Hood, a duty pilot at the air station.

Cmdr. Michael Platt, the commanding officer, made opening remarks followed by each department head discussing their respective areas of responsibility at the unit. Family and friends were given a tour of the facility, where they had the chance to look, touch and try on gear the air crewmen use while on the hangar deck and in the aircraft.

After lunch there was a live helicopter search and rescue demonstration on the ramp, and the day concluded with medical, morale, ombudsman and educational representatives on hand to answer questions.

“It was a great way to showcase to our families the typical day at Air Station Detroit but an even greater opportunity to ensure we are taking care of our shipmates at home,” said Lt. Jason Neiman, the air station’s public affairs officer.

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