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Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

Lil’ Leathernecks learn about military lifestyle

By Cpl. Michelle Piehl | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar | June 30, 2014

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Cpl. Andrew Martinez, a crew chief with Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting, helps children operate a fire hose during a Lil’ Leatherneck day aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 27. The Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron event served as an interactive tool for children to gain understanding about their parents’ military life.

Cpl. Andrew Martinez, a crew chief with Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting, helps children operate a fire hose during a Lil’ Leatherneck day aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 27. The Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron event served as an interactive tool for children to gain understanding about their parents’ military life. (Photo by Cpl. Michelle Piehl)


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Pfc. Sergio Guillen, a rescueman with Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting, shows off tools on a fire truck during a Lil’ Leatherneck Day aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 27. The Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron event promoted understanding between military families and the military lifestyle in an interactive way.

Pfc. Sergio Guillen, a rescueman with Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting, shows off tools on a fire truck during a Lil’ Leatherneck Day aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 27. The Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron event promoted understanding between military families and the military lifestyle in an interactive way. (Photo by Cpl. Michelle Piehl)


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Jaden Brown, 5, plays with Sparky, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting mascot, during a Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron Lil’ Leatherneck Day aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 27. In addition to a demonstration by ARFF, the children explored other aspects of military life, such as military police, military working dogs, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer and air traffic control.

Jaden Brown, 5, plays with Sparky, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting mascot, during a Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron Lil’ Leatherneck Day aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 27. In addition to a demonstration by ARFF, the children explored other aspects of military life, such as military police, military working dogs, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer and air traffic control. (Photo by Cpl. Michelle Piehl)


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Jaden Brown, 5, takes a look at the flight line from the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting building during a Lil’ Leatherneck Day aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 27. Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron hosted the event as an opportunity for military children to understand what their parents do as Marines and Sailors.

Jaden Brown, 5, takes a look at the flight line from the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting building during a Lil’ Leatherneck Day aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 27. Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron hosted the event as an opportunity for military children to understand what their parents do as Marines and Sailors. (Photo by Cpl. Michelle Piehl)


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Cpl. Cody Pfister, a traffic investigator with the Provost Marshal’s Office and an Augusta, Ga., native, introduces Aidan Blackburn, 8, to the controls within a military police car during a Lil’ Leatherneck Day aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 27. The event, hosted by Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, introduced children of military parents to different aspects of the air station.

Cpl. Cody Pfister, a traffic investigator with the Provost Marshal’s Office and an Augusta, Ga., native, introduces Aidan Blackburn, 8, to the controls within a military police car during a Lil’ Leatherneck Day aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 27. The event, hosted by Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, introduced children of military parents to different aspects of the air station. (Photo by Cpl. Michelle Piehl)


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Sgt. Nicholas Aguirre, a military working dog handler with the Provost Marshal’s Office, demonstrates the power of a military working dog bite during a Lil’ Leatherneck Day aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 27. More than 50 children of Marines and Sailors with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron participated in the event, featuring stations for military police, military working dogs, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, air traffic control, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting and the Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer.

Sgt. Nicholas Aguirre, a military working dog handler with the Provost Marshal’s Office, demonstrates the power of a military working dog bite during a Lil’ Leatherneck Day aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 27. More than 50 children of Marines and Sailors with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron participated in the event, featuring stations for military police, military working dogs, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, air traffic control, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting and the Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer. (Photo by Cpl. Michelle Piehl)


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MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. --

Children of Marines and sailors with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron participated in a Lil’ Leatherneck Day aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 27.

More than 50 children, between 5-17 years old, explored different stations representing units within the air station. Forty-five Marine volunteers led the children through several locations to learn more about the Marine Corps.

The day started with a military working dog demonstration. Volunteers then gathered the children into three groups and moved through the stations.
The children toured the air traffic control tower, followed by a demonstration from aircraft rescue and firefighting. From there, the groups moved to the indoor simulated marksmanship trainer, explored police vehicles, and looked at some of the tools and equipment used by explosive ordnance disposal.

“The kids are having a blast,” said Shondra Jerabek, H&HS family readiness officer. “Today is our favorite day of the year.”

The event serves as a chance to foster a greater understanding of what a military child’s parent does at work, she explained. As a family readiness officer, Jerabek works to develop events, such as this, to increase unit moral through family support.

“It’s nice for them to experience this,” said Sgt. Tony Orejel, a logistics and supply warehouse chief with H&HS and a Sacramento, California native, who brought his 6-year-old daughter to the event.

The military lifestyle often presents a challenge in the time spent away from family, he explained.

“Stuff like this really gives her a chance to really enjoy the moment with her dad,” said Orejel. “We appreciate that the military does stuff like this.”

“Yes!” said a grinning Trinity Orejel, in response to the question: ‘Are you having fun?’ She explained one of her favorite parts of the visit was using the fire hose at ARFF.

 “She’s [going to] talk about it all night,” said Tony Orejel, with a laugh. “She’s probably not going to sleep.”

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