ELLERBE, N.C-- Soldiers and Airmen of the North National Guard (NCNG) visited children and staff at Millstone 4-H Camp here today.
The campers were sponsored by Golden Corral Corporation’s ‘Camp Corral’, a series of one week summer camps for children of military families.
“It is incredible when you think about what our military does and we have the chance to do something for military families,” said Lance Trenary, chief operating officer for Golden Corral.
Children explored a NCNG Blackhawk UH-60 helicopter as aviators explained their mission, both state and worldwide, to the excited campers. A North Carolina Air National crew brought a ‘mini C-130’, a truck-sized large scale model of the Guard’s Hercules cargo aircraft.
“The kids and staff love it when the local units come here, everyone gets into it,” said Jessica Young, Millstone camp director.
It is not just fun but a chance to honor these children, many of whom have lost a family member in the war.
“It makes me feel better, they know what I am going through here,” said the daughter of Staff Sgt. Michael S. Voss, who was killed in action in Iraq.
The camps are part of nationwide program sponsored across the nation by Golden Corral.
“Anything that can help them come together, make friends and just be normal kids is very important,” said Brig. Gen. Tony McMillan, commander of the North Carolina Air National Guard's 145th Airlift Wing.
Camp Millstone is hosting Camp Corral for three weeks this year.