Kunsan base newspaper offers forum for Father's Day messages
June 17, 2005
PYONGTAEK, South Korea — Being a self-described “daddy’s girl” helped Airman 1st Class Juanika Glover hit on a Father’s Day idea for airmen stationed at Kunsan Air Base in South Korea.
Glover, 27, edits Kunsan’s Wolf Pack Warrior, base paper for the 8th Fighter Wing, which is called the Wolf Pack. Wolf Pack airmen mostly are on one-year tours without their families.
So wouldn’t it be great, she thought, if Wolf Pack fathers could pick up Friday’s paper and see Father’s Day messages from their loved ones stateside, and on the paper’s Web site, too? And why not also give the airmen a chance to write a Father’s Day message to their own dads for the paper and the Web?
“We’re here for a year and a lot of times we start to feel detached from our families,” said Glover, who’s from Raleigh, N.C. “And seeing a message from them can sometimes make you feel closer to home. And in the States, if they can see a message from their son or daughter here, it helps them feel closer.”
The public affairs staff talked it over at the paper’s weekly news meeting.
“First there was a little fear that we’d be bombarded with tons of messages, so we had to come up with a limit,” said Glover. They decided they’d run the first 45 messages they received.
Then they sent an e-mail to the wing’s first sergeants and chief master sergeants asking them to let the troops know of the opportunity.
And they ran a small item in the June 10 Warrior and on its Web site at www.kunsan.af.mil, inviting family members to send messages to their fathers at Kunsan.
They’d received 30 submissions as of Tuesday. The deadline was 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The messages weren’t only to biological fathers, she said. “Some of them are going to foster parents, some of them are going to mentors, some are going to teachers that they consider fatherly figures and some are going to step-fathers.”
“It was a great idea she had,” said Capt. Richard D. Komurek, the wing’s public affairs chief.
“A card is nice,” said Glover, “but seeing your name in the newspaper, coming from your family member, is special.”