154th Security Forces celebrate ohana day, and introduces support team

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The 154th Security Forces Squadron recently held a family day event here to introduce family members to the Key Ohana Team.

The Key Ohana Team is comprised of volunteer spouses and military unit representatives. Its goal is to be a strong support for the families during times of deployment.

The Key Ohana Team organized and sponsored the event in order to bring together 154th SF families in a fun atmosphere and to educate families on the unit's mission and the many programs and resources that are available when a member deploys.

According to U.S. Air Force Maj. Dane Minami, 154th SFS commander, the unit has one of the highest deployment rates in the Hawaii Air National Guard.

"Since September 11, 2001, we have consistently been tasked to send teams out the door and have members that already have between three to six deployments under their belts." Minami said.

During peacetime, the 154 SFS prepares for wartime tasking to augment active military forces.  In wartime, they provide and support forces to meet the needs of the combatant commander worldwide.

The family day event did unit briefings, Active Shooter Awareness Training and a "town-hall" type discussion with the Key Ohana Team and unit leadership. These were done to give the families more insight into what the members of the unit do.

The HIANG Airmen & Family Readiness Program Manager, Ms. Lorna Souza, was also on hand to answer questions and to provide valuable information and resources. 
"When our members deploy, it is the families that are left behind to fend for themselves and to keep things running back home," Minami said. "We want them to know that help and resources are available and that they are not alone...the Key Ohana Team will be there for them."

The family day event also featured static weapons displays, tours of the indoor firing range, school supply giveaways, games, food and even a chili cook-off.