McNamara HQC employees celebrate Family and Diversity Day

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Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Garas 

McNamara Headquarters Complex employees and their families enjoyed a carnival-like atmosphere, including pony rides and funnel cakes, June 25 during the 2014 HQC Family and Diversity Day.

The theme for this year’s event, hosted by the Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Defense Technical Information Center and Defense Contract Audit Agency, was “One Big Happy Family.”

“This year’s theme is designed to help foster a sense of family,” said Gregory Cummings, the HQC’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation program manager. “I’ve been hosting this for the last nine years, and people always ask me when family day is.”

Booths scattered both inside and outside the building provided numerous events for families such as cartoon artists, paddle boats, bounce castles and a climbing wall. Vendors also included various food booths with items like crab cakes, chicken sandwiches and Italian ice.

“There’s a lot to do, so there’s really no plan for us,” said Jessica Donaldson, a consumer administrator at DTRA, as her sons bounced through one of three bounce castles. “My sons are both in the bounce house right now, and they’re very happy, so that’s all that matters.”

Donaldson said the event, with its carnival atmosphere, was a rare opportunity for employees to spend time with their families during working hours.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for spouses to come in and see where their families work,” she said. “I think it’s great that we can come and spend the day with our families and relax a little.”

Donaldson said it was a great chance for employees to show their families where they spend their days.

“My sons are always asking what I do all day,” she said. “It was really nice for them to be able to come in and see where I work.”

Cummings said that the event was also a way for the HQC’s leaders to thank employees and their family members for their dedication.

“Today is a gathering of all the employees and their families in recognition of all the hard work they do every day,” he said. “This gets them a chance to socialize and network.”

Carrie Smith, an office services assistant in DLA Director Navy Vice Adm. Mark Harnitchek’s office, said she thinks the extra effort is reflected in the event’s popularity.

“Events like this raise our morale like you wouldn’t believe,” she said. “I came from a command where we had family day, but it was low impact, with little initiative to participate.”

Smith said she thinks events like these help the organizations headquartered at the HQC stand apart from others.

“The amount of time and effort spent to produce this is incredible,” she said. “Things like this really make DLA a great choice to work for”

Photo: Paddle Boat
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McNamara Headquarters Complex employees ride in a paddle boat June 25 at the 2014 McNamara Headquarters Complex Family and Diversity Day. The event allowed employees and their families the opportunity to participate in various activities and bond with their family members. Photo by Avery Carter

Photo: Water fight
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Children of DLA employees squirt water guns at each other in an inflatable obstacle course June 25 at the 2014 McNamara Headquarters Complex Family and Diversity Day. The event allowed employees and their families the opportunity to participate in various activities and bond with their family members. Photo by Avery Carter

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Ana Alonso, daughter of Elisa Alonso, a strategic materials specialist for the Defense Logistics Agency, plays on a tethered bungee jumping machine June 25 at the 2014 McNamara Headquarters Complex Family and Diversity Day. The event allowed employees and their families the opportunity to participate in various activities and bond with their family members. Photo by Avery Carter
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