By S.C. Air National Guard Public Affairs
Special to South Carolina Military News
Operation Homefront joined forces with the SCANG’s Airmen and Family Readiness Program to distribute backpacks full of school supplies during August UTA.
Operation Homefront is a national non-profit organization provides emergency financial and other assistance to families of military members and wounded warriors. The state chapter of the organization helped the South Carolina Air National Guard equip its families for the coming school year, as part of the national Back-to-School Brigade initiative
In addition to the backpacks (loaded with calculators, pens, pencils, erasers, glue, loose-leaf paper, composition books, binders and more), nine participating families took home Lexmark printers through a drawing. The printers were also donated by Operation Homefront. More than 200 families received school supplies and each backpack was valued at about $15.
Children of McEntire service members who attended the event and SCANG airmen also experienced a rare, up-close look at a pair of beams from World Trade Center Tower One. This educational display was a timely reminder of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11terrorist attacks. The World Trade Center beams will become a permanent part of the First Responders Memorial under construction at the Columbia Convention Center.
Dan Hennigan, U.S. Army retired, brought the beams to McEntire. He answered questions about the beams to SCANG members who stopped to see them outside the dining facility. He was accompanied by Chris Lange, an Air Force veteran and current Lexington County firefighter.
Shane Clark, 11, called the back-to-school giveaway “pretty cool. I got paper, folders, pencils and a lot of other stuff,” said Shane, son of Senior Master Sgt. William Clark. “We got supplies so we don’t have to go shopping at the stores.”