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Positively Milwaukee: Saying thank you to the 128th Air Refueling Wing

Posted at 5:56 PM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-17 18:57:00-04

MILWAUKEE — The 128th Air Refueling Wing's base is right by Mitchell International Airport. The servicemen and women support the communities in more ways than one. And there's one organization that has made it its mission to support them.

The 128th Community Council's goal is to show how valuable the 128th Air Refueling Wing is to the community.

Through partnerships and lunches, the more than 70 volunteer members of the Community Council provide much more than a full stomach.

"It's awesome that we have people outside of the unit that have, really, like maybe retirees or people that really have no obligation to us. They're volunteering and wanting to help us and support us and I think that's really awesome," said Technical Sergeant Kaela Simono of the 128th Air Refueling Wing.

During this particular lunch, the men and women got a special visit from Wisconsin's Adjutant General, Major General Paul Knapp.

He asked each member to tell him something good. One told him how happy she was to see her nieces, friends, and family.

A positive line of questioning for a group of military members who support not only the base but also serve as first responders to surrounding communities.

"We're here to support whatever mission comes to the state of Wisconsin," said Master Sergeant Ronald Simon, who's also the fire chief at the base's new fire facility.

And the 128th Community Council is there to provide a small thank you to the men and women who do so much with little to no recognition.

"We always appreciate you guys coming on our base and supporting us and just making sure you know you are here to support us and are always so kind whenever you come in," said Tech Sgt. Simono.

And Master Sgt. Simon added, "It's really nice to have strong support, and it's greatly appreciated.

For more information about the 128th Community Council, click here.

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