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Families take train ride to Plains

Yvette Nunez and her children (clockwise) Noah, Teegan and Lola pause for a photo with President Jimmy Carter during the Airman and Family Readiness Center train trip to Plains. U.S. Air Force photo by  Tech. Sgt. Vann Miller

Yvette Nunez and her children (clockwise) Noah, Teegan and Lola pause for a photo with President Jimmy Carter during the Airman and Family Readiness Center train trip to Plains. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Vann Miller

The Airman and Family Readiness Center sponsored a deployed spouses train trip Saturday to Plains. The families were surprised by a visit with President Jimmy Carter.

The Airman and Family Readiness Center sponsored a deployed spouses train trip Saturday to Plains. The families were surprised by a visit with President Jimmy Carter.

Chief Master Sergeant Harold "Buddy" Hutchison, 78th Air Base Wing command chief, and his wife Tonya, meet  and talk with President Jimmy Carter during a stop in Plains on the Airman and Family Readiness Center train trip for Robins' deployed family members. U. S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Vann Miller

Chief Master Sergeant Harold "Buddy" Hutchison, 78th Air Base Wing command chief, and his wife Tonya, meet and talk with President Jimmy Carter during a stop in Plains on the Airman and Family Readiness Center train trip for Robins' deployed family members. U. S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Vann Miller

Robins' deployed family members get on board for the Airman and Family Readiness Center train trip to Plains. U. S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Vann Miller

Robins' deployed family members get on board for the Airman and Family Readiness Center train trip to Plains. U. S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Vann Miller

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.