CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Families of Airmen were recently honored for their sacrifices and contributions to the mission with a special event here Oct. 24.
The United Service Organization of Las Vegas, along with various agencies around Creech Air Force Base, Nevada — to include the chaplain corps, Creech Human Performance Team, and the Airman and Family Readiness Center — partnered together to create Creech CARES.
“We focus on sending a positive message about the culture and community of Creech AFB as it relates to care of families, specifically spouses,’’ said Maj. Mark Williams, 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing chaplain “We capitalize on the location and attractions of Las Vegas and work with the USO to provide opportunities that model excellence.”
The Creech CARES initiative gives families a way to interact with each other through events like the “Spoil Our Spouses” event. Although the group is new, there are plans to host events every month not only to show appreciation but also to give families social interaction with others — which is sometimes difficult due to Creech’s remote location.
“Spoil the Spouse events are recurring, monthly, fun, and appealing events with several objectives,” said Williams. “Providing opportunities for spouses to connect with one another, feel valued and appreciated for their military contributions, and helping them to focus on and increase resiliency in their lives and families.”
Among the target objectives and goals for the Spoil the Spouses program can be seen in the acronym for Creech CARES: Create community, Appreciation, Resiliency, Encouragement/Education for spouses.
“(The 432nd WG/AEW commander) Col. Case Cunningham’s second priority is to take care of the Hunter Family,” said Williams. “So for the chapel, we take the commander’s priorities, match them with our core capabilities, and strive to create a culture where that happens every day.”
During the Oct. 24 event, spouses were spoiled with dinner and a magic show.
“This was absolutely a great way to connect with other Creech spouses, we never have the opportunity to meet due to the dynamic of the base,” said Joy Coppedge, wife of Tech. Sgt. Nolan Coppedge, 432nd WG/432nd AEW ground safety. “I met so many other mothers that I can relate to today.”
This event helped enhance the communication and awareness amongst the Creech spouses.
For more information on Creech CARES, contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 702-404-0864.