Families take train ride to Plains
By Tech. Sgt. Vann Miller, 78 ABW/PA
/ Published March 19, 2010
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Taking a train ride may not seem like a typical family diversion, but for more than 60 family members of deployed Robins Airmen it was just the distraction they needed.
An early morning departure by bus took the family members to the local commuter train station in Cordele.
Three hours later, the Sam Shortline engine pulled into the Plains train station, where the children and parents had time to visit with the town's most notable resident, President Jimmy Carter.
Master Sgt. Michelle Main, Readiness NCO at the Airman and Family Readiness Center, helped coordinate the trip and traveled with the families.
"It helps with the morale," the sergeant said. "These events help spouses meet other spouses. They get to share experiences with others who are going through the same things."
The train trip was made possible by an Air Force grant in honor of the Year of the Military Family. For more information about local programs offered to families, call the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 926-1256.