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KAFB A&FRC hosts annual “Back to School Brigade”

An Airman hands out school supplies.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Kimberly E. Strong, 377th Force Support Squadron superintendent, gives an Airman a backpack at a Back to School Brigade on Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, July 29, 2020. The event allowed Airmen of all ranks, their dependents, and civilians working on base to receive school supplies for the upcoming school year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ireland Summers)

A display of backpacks.

The Kirtland Airmen and Family Readiness Center hosted the annual Back to School Brigade at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, July 29, 2020. More than 250 backpacks were distributed to Team Kirtland families to assist with back to school supplies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ireland Summers)

Members of FSS hand out back to school supplies.

Heather Nickel, left, and Will Couey, right, 377th Force Support Squadron community readiness consultants, distribute backpacks to Airmen on Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, July 29, 2020. The Kirtland Airmen and Family Readiness Center hosted a drive-through school supplies pick-up for the upcoming school year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ireland Summers)

A display of backpacks.

The Kirtland Airmen and Family Readiness Center hosted their annual Back to School Brigade at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, July 29, 2020. More than 250 backpacks were distributed to Team Kirtland families to assist with back to school supplies. Items such as loose leaf paper, folders, pens, pencils and rulers were included in the bags. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ireland Summers)

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The Kirtland Airmen and Family Readiness Center hosted a drive-through school supplies pick-up, July 29, 2020, at the Consolidated Support building on Kirtland Air Force Base. 

The annual event allowed Airmen of all ranks, their dependents, and civilians that work on base to receive school supplies for their children for the upcoming school year. 

“We received 250 backpacks from Sandia National Laboratories,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Kimberly E. Strong, 377th Force Support Squadron superintendent.

Members of the A&FRC bagged all of the school supplies for distribution. The backpacks accommodated all age groups, from elementary to high school students, with items such as loose leaf paper, folders, rulers, pens, pencils and more. 

By the end of the day, all supplies were distributed to more than 391 Team Kirtland members. 

“[This event] lets Airmen know they are cared for and valued,” said Strong. “We are here for them.”