Friday 19 Oct 2018

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SJAFB Starts ‘Adopt An Airman’ Program

Every year, hundreds of Airmen come to the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, often with no family or friends nearby.

A new program hopes to help Airmen adapt to their new home in Goldsboro.

Seymour Johnson is looking for local residents interested in serving as host families through the ‘Adopt an Airman’ program.

Maj. Tanya Hansen is the Director of the Commander’s Action Group at Seymour Johnson.  She says the effort is modeled after an Air Force Academy program.

Master Sgt. Harry Abplanalp is the 4th Fighter Wing’s Career Assistance Advisor. He says the idea is to help Airmen bond with their new community.  Abplanalp says they can even match Airmen and host families based on very specific characteristics.

Staff Sgt. Erin Holmquist can attest to the importance of having a family-like support system when coming to a new community.  Holmquist says she happened to bond with a local family while out riding her horse one day.

Those interested in taking part in the ‘Adopt an Airman’ program can get further details on the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base website.

 

(From left to right) Maj. Tanya Hansen , Staff Sgt. Erin Holmquist, and Master Sgt. Harry Abplanalp discuss the new Adopt an Airman program.

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