Military families take hike to Cheyenne Mountain for dinner

Members of the 21st Security Forces Squadron prepare to demonstrate apprehension tactics with one of their military working dogs for guests at the Deployed Families Dinner, hosted by Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station Aug. 6. The event brought out nearly 120 guests despite thunderstorms and heavy rains, which cleared up as the event kicked off. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Members of the 21st Security Forces Squadron prepare to demonstrate apprehension tactics with one of their military working dogs for guests at the Deployed Families Dinner, hosted by Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station Aug. 6. The event brought out nearly 120 guests despite thunderstorms and heavy rains, which cleared up as the event kicked off. (U.S. Air Force photo)

A young girl pets a miniature horse brought to the Deployed Families Dinner hosted by Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station Aug. 6. Jackie Brusseau, 721st Mission Support Group contractor, along with her daughter, brought their two miniature horses for guests to pet and photograph. This was the first time the DFD was held at CMAFS. (U.S. Air Force photo)

A young girl pets a miniature horse brought to the Deployed Families Dinner hosted by Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station Aug. 6. Jackie Brusseau, 721st Mission Support Group contractor, along with her daughter, brought their two miniature horses for guests to pet and photograph. This was the first time the DFD was held at CMAFS. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Event guests take part in free food at the Deployed Families Dinner, hosted by Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station for the first time at Mountain Man Park Aug. 6. Families enjoyed free food, prizes, activities children and transportation to and from the event from Peterson Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Event guests take part in free food at the Deployed Families Dinner, hosted by Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station for the first time at Mountain Man Park Aug. 6. Families enjoyed free food, prizes, activities children and transportation to and from the event from Peterson Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The Deployed Families Dinner, held on the first Friday of each month at Peterson AFB, has become a staple with local military families that have a loved one deployed.

On Aug. 6, Col. Russell Wilson, 721st Mission Support Group commander at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, together with Col. Stephen N. Whiting, 21st Space Wing commander, welcomed nearly 120 military families to the first Deployed Families Dinner at Cheyenne Mountain AFS Mountain Man Park.

As thunderstorms parted before the event kicked off, there was free food, prizes and events for children. The event featured food donated by volunteers including 40 pounds of salt water taffy from a local family-owned candy store. In addition, a 21st Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dogs demonstration entertained guests.

As a special bonus, Jackie Brusseau, 721st Mission Support Group contractor, along with her daughter, brought their two miniature horses for guests to pet and photograph. The CMAFS fire department also had a fire truck on display along with an appearance by Smokey Bear for children.

Typically held at the Peterson AFB Chapel, families received free transportation to and from the mountain park for the event with the help of the 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron at Peterson AFB.

For information about the DFD, contact your first sergeant or the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 556-6141.