Friday, October 1, 2010
Col. James Crowhurst, 22nd Air Refueling Wing Commander, has released the following letter thanking nearly 100,000 guests for attending last weekend’s Open House. Col. Crowhurst also expressed regret at the long lines for parking and shuttle buses experienced by some visitors.
To the Wichita Metro Community:
Team McConnell is humbled and appreciative that nearly 100,000 visitors took time to join us last weekend in celebrating our 2010 Open House. It was a privilege to welcome the supportive community that stands beside us and our families year after year. Participants from the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard, along with the City of Wichita, helped us host one of the finest demonstrations of military and civilian aviation available anywhere.
We regret that some of you experienced long waits to get to and from base on Sunday. The rainstorm on Saturday afternoon rendered the adjacent field north of McConnell unusable for parking. The back-up plan implemented Sunday using Boeing and Spirit lots removed the option to walk and significantly increased passenger volume and shuttle times for buses. The alternative was risking thousands of pedestrians and the potential for cars getting mired in mud.
Our Airmen were highly impressed with the graciousness of all our guests. Despite repeated deployments and long hours demanded in waging overseas contingency operations, our Airmen worked tirelessly to bring Kansas this display reflecting what it means to be an American Soldier, Sailor, Airman, and Marine. I thank you for your warm and enthusiastic response and for demonstrating the values we have pledged our lives to defend.