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  • By Staff Sgt. Josh Moshier
  • 934th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Fifty business owners, managers and supervisors from greater Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois converged on the 934th Airlift Wing Aug. 2 to take part in the wing's annual Employers Day orientation activities. 

The group, all civilian employers for members of the 934th AW, was treated to a day of following around their employees at their various Air Force Reserve duty locations, learning about the roles and responsibilities of their employees while on Reserve duty, and a familiarization flight aboard one of the wing's C-130 Hercules aircraft.
The flight, which took employers over the north harbor of Lake Superior, was among the highlights of the event for many. 

"Flying in the C-130 was an incredible experience," said Ruth Howell, Allianz Life Insurance. "It helped me better understand what the Air Force does here, and it makes me proud to know we help support this organization."
Employers from Wisconsin and Illinois were flown to and from the base on a C-130 out of Milwaukee. 

"The flight was fantastic," said Patrick Litke, Town and Country Electric, Stevens Point, Wis., and civilian employer for Staff Sgt. Mitchell Haraldson, 934th Mission Support Flight. "I got to see the landing from the cockpit, and it really lends another aspect to the air travel experience." 

Other employers took pride in being able to see what their employees get to do for work during their Unit Training Assembly weekends.
Brandy Laack, J.C. Morgan Chase, Milwaukee, and civilian employer for Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Haydock, 27th Aerial Port Squadron, was amazed by the technology and technical expertise her employee works with and exhibits in his duties.
"Jeff was showing me a computer program regarding how they balance the load weights on the plane," she said. "It was amazing to see them move one little bit on the computer and how it affects the dynamics of the whole plane. That was really cool." 

Overall, the event was a success, said Col. Tim Tarchick, 934 AW commander.
"Employers play an important role in the success of our mission in the Air Force Reserve," Colonel Tarchick said. "An event like this is important to help them better understand what their people are doing when they leave home every month, and just to say thank you to them for allowing their people to serve."