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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. on June 27, 2014.

The day started with a military working dog demonstration. Volunteers then gathered the children into three groups and moved through the stations.

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. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michelle Piehl)
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. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michelle Piehl)

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, Calif., 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.”

By U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Michelle Piehl
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Copyright 2014

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