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Tea time with senior master sergeant Dad

Minnesota National Guard WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn- Helping Airmen, preparing for inspections and endless mandatory training are just some of the responsibilities that can take up a lot of time for any senior enlisted member within the Minnesota Air National Guard

All of this requires time and attention, but can also equal a lot of time away from family for one senior master sergeant at the 133rd Airlift Wing Communications Flight in St Paul, Minn

Maintaining a healthy balance between home, work and family life takes work and effort After returning from another long separation from his family and two young children last year, Senior Master Sgt Greg Wohlfeil, plans and resources chief, had an idea to help rekindle the bond between him and every one of his family members

"I wanted to schedule individual dates and have a special time with each of them," said Wohlfeil "When I asked my 7-year old daughter where she wanted to go, it was her idea to go to tea"

The daddy-daughter duo dressed up, Wohlfeil in his Air Force Blues and young daughter, Annalise, in her 'prettiest princess dress' They had a great time having tea at the Avalon Tearoom & Pastry Shoppe in White Bear Lake, Minn

"After seeing what this meant to my daughter, I thought this should be a growing annual event," said Wohlfeil, "I challenged other military dads to step up, get dressed in their service dress and invite their daughters to join us"

For the second year, his daughter loved getting on her favorite "princess dress," tiara and other adornments fitting for a special day out Prancing proud and so gracefully in the shoppe, his daughter caught the eye of many passersby before realizing the sentimental moment for the pair "How incredibly precious," remarked an onlooker when noticing the "daddy-daughter date" through the tearoom window

Master Sgt Jason Thompson and his daughter, Ellie, joined Wolhfeil for their now annual tradition this year

"We had a great time," said Thompson, wing information assurance manager, "I always look for quality time to spend with my daughter"

Military members often rely and need the support of the entire family to make the demands of training and deployment less stressful

"As military members, we spend a lot of time away from our families," said Wolhfeil "It is so important to be intentional about reconnecting individually with our family members"

November 18, 2013
by Tech Sgt Lynette Olivares
133rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs



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