☷Honoring the Military Child
U.S. Army ( By Press Release office)
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Sgt . 1st Class John Stefanik , a UH - 60 Blackhawk helicopter repairer assigned to 404th Aviation Support Battalion , 4th Combat Aviation Brigade , 4th Infantry Division , sits in the cockpit of a Ch - 47 Chinook with his son , Aiden , April 6 , 2022 , at Fort Carson , Colorado . As a military child , Aiden loves visiting the hangar where his father works , but prefers to learn more about his favorite helicopter , the Chinook , than Blackhawks . ( U . S . Army photo by Sgt . Clara Harty ) Aiden Stefanik , a military child visiting his father’s workplace , pretends to inspect wires inside the body of his favorite helicopter , a CH - 47 Chinook , April 6 , 2022 , at Fort Carson , Colorado . During April , the Army recognizes the Month of the Military Child and thanks them for the support and contributions they make on behalf of their Soldiers . ( U . S . Army photo by Sgt . Clara Harty ) FORT CARSON , Colo . — If you ever talk with Soldiers in an aviation unit , you will quickly realize that everyone seems to have a favorite helicopter . This includes Sgt . 1st Class John Stefanik , a UH - 60 Black Hawk helicopter repairer assigned to 404th Aviation Support Battalion , 4th Combat Aviation Brigade , 4th Infantry Division , and his 9 - year - old son , Aiden . During April , the Army aims to show its support and appreciation for military kids , like Aiden , by showing them what we do . "My favorite part about coming here is that I get to see the helicopters and see inside of them , " said Aiden . "My favorite helicopter is the one behind me — the Chinook . " Stefanik said bringing his son to work with him doesn ' t just help Aiden , but it also shows his Soldiers he has a life outside of work — one where he is a father and a role model . "I think the benefit is that he gets to see what actually goes on behind the scenes and the things I deal with at work , " said Stefanik . "It gives him a better understanding when I explain to him what I was doing at work , and it shows the Soldiers that I ' m not just a platoon sergeant and supervisor . " Sgt . 1st Class John Stefanik , a UH - 60 Black Hawk helicopter repairer assigned to 404th Aviation Support Battalion , 4th Combat Aviation Brigade , 4th Infantry Division , poses with his son , Aiden , April 6 , 2022 , at Fort Carson , Colorado . Aiden is just one of many military children that helps to support the Army through the support he gives his family . ( U . S . Army photo by Spc . Tyler Brock ) Staff Sgt . James Harty , a CH - 47 Chinook helicopter repairer assigned to 404th Aviation Support Battalion , 4th Combat Aviation Brigade , 4th Infantry Division , shows Aiden Stefanik , a military child who loves chinooks , how to inspect repairs on the helicopter April 6 , 2022 , at Fort Carson , Colorado . During the Month of the Military Child , the Army aims to support our military children and show our appreciation for the sacrifices they make by showing the kids an up - close view of what their parents do . ( U . S . Army photo by Sgt . Clara Harty ) Right after Aiden was born , Stefanik said he spent a time supporting the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army and then moved to Korea , where he lived without his family for a year . Although his family was later able to stay with him in Korea for three months , they soon parted ways again . "It ' s not as easy as people would think , " said Stefanik . "It ' s tough not to be there and help raise your child . It makes it tough especially on the spouse . She ' s raising our son effectively by herself and that ' s tough on everybody . " Plenty of Families in the military go through similar situations , and yet these Families never cease to encourage and support their service members . The Month of the Military Child is at least one way the Army can show their appreciation and thanks . "Growing up , everyone in uniform was daddy ' s buddy , " said Stefanik . "Whether they be Marine Corps , Air Force or anyone in uniform , I think it ' s really important that he shows that respect and that kindness . I ' d really just like to thank my son for being there and loving what I do . "
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