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Team Mildenhall Airmen read to local school children

Senior Airman Andrew Shoemaker, 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron inspection apprentice, listens as a student reads a book at Houldsworth Primary School in Newmarket, England, Nov. 26, 2019. The purpose of the event was to build relations with the community while also focusing on the importance of reading for the children. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Milano)

Senior Airman Andrew Shoemaker, 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron inspection apprentice, listens as a student reads a book at Houldsworth Primary School in Newmarket, England, Nov. 26, 2019. The purpose of the event was to build relations with the community while also focusing on the importance of reading for the children. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Milano)

Airman 1st Class Antonia Herrera, 100th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs broadcast journalist, reads to children at Houldsworth Valley Primary School in Newmarket, England, Nov. 26, 2019. Airmen from Team Mildenhall volunteered their time to go to the school to read books with the children and talk about their jobs on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Milano)

Airman 1st Class Antonia Herrera, 100th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs broadcast journalist, reads to children at Houldsworth Valley Primary School in Newmarket, England, Nov. 26, 2019. Airmen from Team Mildenhall volunteered their time to go to the school to read books with the children and talk about their jobs on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Milano)

Airmen from the 100th Air Refueling Wing read to children at Houldsworth Valley Primary School in Newmarket, England, Nov. 26, 2019. The purpose of the event was to build relations with the community while also focusing on the importance of reading for the students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Milano)

Airmen from the 100th Air Refueling Wing read to children at Houldsworth Valley Primary School in Newmarket, England, Nov. 26, 2019. The purpose of the event was to build relations with the community while also focusing on the importance of reading for the students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Milano)

Airman 1st Class Janet Abilez, 100th Operations Support Squadron airfield management coordinator, reads a book to children at Houldsworth Valley Primary School in Newmarket, England, Nov. 26, 2019. Airmen from Team Mildenhall volunteered their time to go to the school to read books with the children and talk about their jobs on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Milano)

Airman 1st Class Janet Abilez, 100th Operations Support Squadron airfield management coordinator, reads a book to children at Houldsworth Valley Primary School in Newmarket, England, Nov. 26, 2019. Airmen from Team Mildenhall volunteered their time to go to the school to read books with the children and talk about their jobs on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Milano)

RAF MILDENHALL, England -- A group of Team Mildenhall Airmen volunteered their time to visit a primary school in Newmarket, England, Nov. 25, 2019.

The Airmen read to the children and answered their questions about what the Airmen do on base.

Airman 1st Class Janet Abilez, 100th Operations Support Squadron airfield management coordinator, said she enjoyed participating in the event and connecting with the children since she used to be an art teacher.

“I miss spending time with children, and it was a great way for us to connect and collaborate with the community,” said Abilez.

The school personnel were also grateful for the opportunity to meet and talk with the Airmen.

“It was important to have the Airmen come to the school because we want the children to have high aspirations of what they can do in the future,” said John Hollick, Houldsworth Valley Primary School assistant head teacher, “and we do that by getting them to meet and ask questions to people in the local community.”

Natalie Murphy, 100th Air Refueling Wing community relations advisor, said the visit was another successful way to build relations between the Airmen and their British neighbors.

“This gave the school and its children a better understanding of what Team Mildenhall does, and show that the Airmen are willing to give their time back to the community.”