'Bring a Friend to Drill Day' July 12 for Delaware Air National Guard Airmen to invite friends to base

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Currently serving members of the Delaware Air National Guard have an opportunity to invite friends in the community between the ages 17 and 39 to visit the base for a special event named "Bring a Friend to Drill Day' on Saturday morning, July 12 from 9 a.m. to Noon, held during the unit's once-a-month weekend drill. The base address is 2600 Spruance Drive, New Castle, Del.

Activities will include a base tour, a tour of a C-130 Hercules aircraft, and a lunch in the base pavilion.

The point of contact for registration is Senior Master Sgt. Mike Davis, superintendent, Delaware Air National Guard Recruiting, (302) 323-3359. Airmen who invite a friend must fill out a registration form available on the unit website, www.166aw.ang.af.mil (direct link http://www.166aw.ang.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123416450), or the unit Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/166thAirliftWing.

"This event is designed to introduce potential recruits to the organization," said Davis. "It is an opportunity for our Airmen to bring a friend to drill, and that friend could be a high school or college classmate, a sports teammate, neighbor or relative. We give guests a short formal presentation, but most of their time will be spent enjoying a guided tour of the facility and talking with various Airmen about their careers and duties."

This is the second year in a row that the unit has reached out to interested community members in this manner.

"Our 'Bring a Friend to Drill Day' on July 12 is a vital event for our wing to connect with prospective new recruits in our community," said Col. Mike Feeley, wing commander. "Last year's event brought in 25 recruits, and we gave dozens of potential recruiting prospects a positive impression of our unit. We have our strongest unit manning in decades, but we are still hiring, and have openings that may prove attractive for new enlistees."

Members of the press may attend. Please call ahead to confirm attendance. This release is in the public domain, and any part may be used as written.

The Delaware Air National Guard was founded in 1946, and has grown to over 1,170 members. The mission of the 166th Airlift Wing is to provide tactical airlift and airdrop of troops, cargo and passengers using C-130 aircraft, plus aeromedical evacuation, civil engineer and network warfare functions. Our ready, relevant, and reliable Airmen are highly trained and motivated to aid the state and nation.

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