Wednesday, November 16, 2011

North Country Lodge 934th Airlift Wing Air Force Reserve

Upon our arrival from Dallas to Minnesota, we spent the night at the Air Force base since my dad is retired Air Force. The kids LOVED it. Not only did they get to learn about some rich history of the Air Force, this base is also used for training personnel. They go to see our military training in action for different planes such as:  F-15 Eagle, the F-16 Fighting Falcon, the A-10C Thunderbolt II, B-2 Spirit, F-22 Raptor and the Rockwell B-1B Lancer and Boeing. The kids loved the Boeing since that is what AA uses as well. They also got to see how they load the cargo for planes and drills they take part in. The base is HUGE and recently renovated and absolutely gorgeous. I honestly think the kids favorite part though was getting through the security gate. They loved having armed guards come out and check out their grandfather. Plus, they thought the way the gate access is arranged kicked butt. You literally drive through a little cement obstacle course that you cannot go more than 2 mph through or you will crash your car/truck. So just to see the safety measures they have in place was pretty awesome to them. Since we were in for the night we decided to do some Air Force Trivia games with the kids. We walked around the base and asked them tons of questions about what each building houses, what they did, how important it was to the overall function of the Air Force, etc. They loved this, especially the Chow Hall, that seemed to be the most relevant. I have included another Air Force Trivia game that we played that challenged the kids. They answers they could not find, they had to go and ask the different personnel on the base and test their knowledge. The kids loved this, especially because they did not realize that some of the personnel are civilians!

Map of the Air Force Base and Buildings

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