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128th Air Refueling Wing Serving Up Smiles at West Allis-West Milwaukee Schools

Airmen with Milwaukee's 128th Air Refueling Wing answering the call to show the youngest of citizens who is it that's protecting our country.

They fanned out to elementary schools in West Allis and West Milwaukee.

The Chief Master Sgt. Tom Fredrickson is a Milwaukee native.

"We want to make sure the link between the military and the community is a strong one," explained Master Sgt. Fredrickson. "Because we couldn't do what we do without the community."

The school district's food service provider Sodexo hosted the luncheon, complete with smiley potatoes.

For years they've hosted events like this.

Many times they invited local law enforcement. But this year decided to pursue members of the military since this year is the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor Bombing.

We wanted to get  the 128th involved," explained Gayle LaRoy of  Sodexo. "We were fortunate because my son is a member of the 128th. They provided more people than we ever expected."

For another native now serving in Milwaukee's hometown air force, 2nd Lieutenant Jenny Lenski, .this is a chance to melt away the intimidation the uniform can carry.

A rare opportunity at the most wonderful time of year.

"This may be the one time that children interact with the military," Lenski told CBS 58 News. "We want to be personable with them and show appreciation for the support they have for us."
 

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