Adopt An Airman WYO program helps community connect with local military

Published: Oct. 12, 2020 at 6:44 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Local residents know that Cheyenne is a military community. For many members of the military community, moving out to Cheyenne is a brand new adventure to start their careers. The Adopt An Airman WYO program is a way for the local community to make the airmen feel at home.

In the program, families give airmen a place to go when they want to get off base. The application process tries to match airmen with families that have similar interests. Just having a place to go can mean a lot to local airmen who are not close to home.

“When you’re engrained in it too much, you come off base and you feel weird being off base. You feel like you always need to be saluting, you always have to be impeccable with your walk and everything. But you can kind of let your guard down when you’re with a family off base and you can relax more,” said local airman, Masis Aposhian.

“Family is one of the things that I cherish the most. Whether it’s my blood family or just family that I’ve known a long time, so it definitely means a lot. It helps me, it brings up my morale, when I’m having a bad day I go talk to them or I call them, they give me words of wisdom, advice," said local airman, Devonte Brown.

“It brings back memories of being back home and having that home setting as well. Being able to hang out with Matt, he does hunting and stuff which I like to do as well. Being able to go over there whenever I’m in a down mood or anything, it’s just having that call there cause I can’t just go to my mom and dad’s house down the block," said local airman, Demitrius Samora.

“Many of the families have talked about how they feel the airman just demonstrate to their kids, respect, responsibility, just really going for things and they’re also a lot of fun,” said Adopt An Airman WYO chairman, Carolyn Ritschard.

The airmen said the program helps the community connect with the men and women in our military, while also learning something about themselves.

“You’ll learn something about yourself that you didn’t know, you’ll learn about other airmen, and think of it this way, you’re helping someone else who is fighting for your country. So it’s an amazing opportunity to get to know another individual, it’s like bringing in another son or daughter into your life," said Brown.

Ritschard said as the holidays approach, the program is looking for more families to get involved. She said a family having an airman over for dinner for the holidays, could be a great start.

For more information about Adopt An Airman WYO, you can visit its Facebook here. If you would like to get involved with the program, you can email for an application.

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