Last week LCC staff and volunteers enjoyed visiting the 128th Air Refueling Wing of the Wisconsin Air National Guard in Milwaukee. It was a chance to show our appreciation to the firemen and women assigned to this location and those deployed abroad, including Jordan and Kuwait, with the presence of LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Charity (Brookfield - Brookfield, Wisconsin) and LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dog Mary (St. Paul - Janesville, Wisconsin).
LCC staff members presented seventy-five Hearts of Mercy & Compassion for all personnel of the 128th Air Refueling Wing , thirty of which are being sent to the teams in Jordan and Kuwait this week). The message on each Heart of Mercy & Compassion (HMC) read, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, for the lord is with you." (Deuteronomy 31:6), and "Thank you for your service and sacrifice." Each of the thirty hearts being sent to their team in Jordan and Kuwait also included a personalized note of love and encouragement handwritten on HMC theme cards by numerous LCC volunteers, which meant a lot to SMSgt. Gumm, who oversees them.
We thank our host SMSgt. Brandon Gumm and his team for our time shared and for a tour of their fire station on the base. Lifting their entire team and their mission up in a group-wide prayer was certainly a highlight.
LCC staff and K-9 Affiliates were very impressed in learning how much this base supports their community in many positive ways and would like to partner with LCC in upcoming community events.
The Air National Guard as we know it today is a separate reserve component of the United States Air Force and has a unique dual-mission that consists of both Federal and State roles. This dual mission means being part of the nation's entire military force and responsible to their respective states during times of state or community emergencies.