Spring Fling brings wing together

Jacob Stegall, child of Amie Stegall and U.S Air Force Tech Sgt. Robert Stegall, 52nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, receives face paint during the Exceptional Family Member Program Spring Fling at the Base Exchange at Spangdahlem Air Base, March 20, 2015. The Airman & Family Readiness Center hosted the event to raise awareness of the EFMP and the service it provides for families. Members of the base community volunteered to run various activities to ensure family members could experience the fair’s full potential. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

Jacob Stegall, child of Amie Stegall and U.S Air Force Tech Sgt. Robert Stegall, 52nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, receives face paint during the Exceptional Family Member Program Spring Fling at the Base Exchange at Spangdahlem Air Base, March 20, 2015. The Airman & Family Readiness Center hosted the event to raise awareness of the EFMP and the service it provides for families. Members of the base community volunteered to run various activities to ensure family members could experience the fair’s full potential. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

Base community members mingle during the Exceptional Family Member Program Spring Fling at the Base Exchange at Spangdahlem Air Base, March 20, 2015. The Airman & Family Readiness Center hosted the spring fling to raise awareness of the EFMP and the service it provides for families. Activities for the fair included a bouncy house, a rock-climbing wall, face-painting stations and other sensory activities that promoted exceptional family members awareness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

Base community members mingle during the Exceptional Family Member Program Spring Fling at the Base Exchange at Spangdahlem Air Base, March 20, 2015. The Airman & Family Readiness Center hosted the spring fling to raise awareness of the EFMP and the service it provides for families. Activities for the fair included a bouncy house, a rock-climbing wall, face-painting stations and other sensory activities that promoted exceptional family members awareness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

Joy-Nicole Smith, left, and Laurel-Elaine Valerie Smith, right, interact with a sensory activity tool during the Exceptional Family Member Program Spring Fling at the Base Exchange at Spangdahlem Air Base, March 20, 2015. The Airman & Family Readiness Center hosted the event to raise awareness of the EFMP and the service it provides for families. Sensory activities promoted awareness of Exceptional Family Members and educated parents of the resources and activities available to aid them in attending their children’s special needs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

Joy-Nicole Smith, left, and Laurel-Elaine Valerie Smith, right, interact with a sensory activity tool during the Exceptional Family Member Program Spring Fling at the Base Exchange at Spangdahlem Air Base, March 20, 2015. The Airman & Family Readiness Center hosted the event to raise awareness of the EFMP and the service it provides for families. Sensory activities promoted awareness of Exceptional Family Members and educated parents of the resources and activities available to aid them in attending their children’s special needs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

Laurel-Elaine Valerie Smith, child of Joy-Nicole Smith, crawls through a “Tickle-Me Tunnel,” one of the sensory activities available during the Exceptional Family Member Program Spring Fling at the Base Exchange at Spangdahlem Air Base, March 20, 2015. The Airman & Family Readiness Center hosted the event to raise awareness of the EFMP and the service it provides for families. The fair exposed families to the available resources and agencies available on base to aid special needs family members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

Laurel-Elaine Valerie Smith, child of Joy-Nicole Smith, crawls through a “Tickle-Me Tunnel,” one of the sensory activities available during the Exceptional Family Member Program Spring Fling at the Base Exchange at Spangdahlem Air Base, March 20, 2015. The Airman & Family Readiness Center hosted the event to raise awareness of the EFMP and the service it provides for families. The fair exposed families to the available resources and agencies available on base to aid special needs family members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

An Exceptional Family Member Program banner is displayed during the EFMP Spring Fling at the Base Exchange at Spangdahlem Air Base, March 20, 2015. The Airman & Family Readiness Center hosted the event to raise awareness of the EFMP and the service it provides for families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

An Exceptional Family Member Program banner is displayed during the EFMP Spring Fling at the Base Exchange at Spangdahlem Air Base, March 20, 2015. The Airman & Family Readiness Center hosted the event to raise awareness of the EFMP and the service it provides for families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- The Airman & Family Readiness Center hosted a Spring Fling March 20 at the Base Exchange here to raise awareness for the Exceptional Family Member Program.

The fair offered sensory activities that engaged the five human senses to introduce the community to the program that supports military families with a special needs.

April Lucas, A&FRC EFMP coordinator, organized the fair and ensured its activities would be well-provided and fellow agencies would be properly represented.

"I think it's important for families to know that we do have a lot of resources available and that we are here as support for them," Lucas said. "That way they know we exist, and they can come to us to get in touch with those resources."

The fair held various activities, including a bouncy house, rock-climbing wall and face-painting stations along with other base agencies such as the Red Cross, Education Development Intervention Services, Family Advocacy and New Parent Support.

Members of the Spangdahlem community volunteered at the fair to help with aiding and maintaining the activities.

"I just wanted to help out the community," said U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Jeremy Gegenhuber, 52nd Comptroller Squadron financial services officer and event volunteer who manned the rock-climbing station. "It's important for families of the base to come together on a nice day, especially when the kids are out of school."

For more information about the EFMP or other related services, contact the A&FRC at DSN: 452-6422 or 0656561-6422