Spouses receive awards at Family Day Picnic

Leslie Wade (right), wife of Maj. Gen. William H. Wade, the California Adjutant General, and Carolann Wunderlin (left), the 129th Rescue Wing Family Readiness Program coordinator, present a gift to Elaine Vindiola, 129th Mission Support Group Spouse of the Year award winner Oct. 4 at the annual Family Day Picnic at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Ray Aquino)

Leslie Wade (right), wife of Maj. Gen. William H. Wade, the California Adjutant General, and Carolann Wunderlin (left), the 129th Rescue Wing Family Readiness Program coordinator, present a gift to Elaine Vindiola, 129th Mission Support Group Spouse of the Year award winner Oct. 4 at the annual Family Day Picnic at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Ray Aquino)

Command Chief Master Sgt. Kristina Keck and Master Sgt. Kenneth Warwick, the NCOIC telephone technician from the 129th Communications Flight, wait with fellow prisoners to make bail in the makeshift jail at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif. controlled by the 129th Security Forces Squadron Oct. 3 during the 129th Rescue Wing’s annual Family Day Picnic. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Dan Kacir)

Command Chief Master Sgt. Kristina Keck and Master Sgt. Kenneth Warwick, the NCOIC telephone technician from the 129th Communications Flight, wait with fellow prisoners to make bail in the makeshift jail at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif. controlled by the 129th Security Forces Squadron Oct. 3 during the 129th Rescue Wing’s annual Family Day Picnic. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Dan Kacir)

Members of the 561st Band of the West Coast from the 129th Rescue Wing perform for family and friends at the annual Family Day Picnic hosted Oct. 4 at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Dan Kacir)

Members of the 561st Band of the West Coast from the 129th Rescue Wing perform for family and friends at the annual Family Day Picnic hosted Oct. 3 at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Dan Kacir)

129th Rescue Wing Guardsmen, friends and family members play a game of pickup basketball while at the annual Family Day Picnic hosted Oct. 3 at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Ray Aquino)

129th Rescue Wing Guardsmen, friends and family members play a game of pickup basketball while at the annual Family Day Picnic hosted Oct. 3 at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Ray Aquino)

Retired 129th Rescue Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Liliana Ramos and husband Domingo Ramos, snuggle up under the 129th RQW’s Alumni Association hospitality tent Oct. 3 at the annual Family Day Picnic hosted Oct. 4 at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Dan Kacir)

Retired 129th Rescue Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Liliana Ramos and husband Domingo Ramos, snuggle up under the 129th RQW’s Alumni Association hospitality tent Oct. 3 at the annual Family Day Picnic hosted Oct. 3 at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Dan Kacir)

Molly Mae Theodoroff, daughter of Master Sgt. Timothy Theodoroff, a satellite technician with the 129th Communications Flight, takes a time out from the bounce houses to admire her arts and crafts pumpkin at the 129th Rescue Wing’s annual Family Day Picnic hosted Oct. 3 at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Ray Aquino)

Molly Mae Theodoroff, daughter of Master Sgt. Timothy Theodoroff, a satellite technician with the 129th Communications Flight, takes a time out from the bounce houses to admire her arts and crafts pumpkin at the 129th Rescue Wing’s annual Family Day Picnic hosted Oct. 3 at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Ray Aquino)

Maj. Gen. William H. Wade, the California Adjutant General, congratulates Senior Airman James Parmentier, a guidance and control systems avionics technician with the 129th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, at the 129th Rescue Wing’s annual Family Day Picnic hosted Oct. 3 at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif. for winning the John L. Levitow award for his accomplishments at Airman Leadership School. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Ray Aquino)

Maj. Gen. William H. Wade, the California Adjutant General, congratulates Senior Airman James Parmentier, a guidance and control systems avionics technician with the 129th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, at the 129th Rescue Wing’s annual Family Day Picnic hosted Oct. 3 at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif. for winning the John L. Levitow award for his accomplishments at Airman Leadership School. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Ray Aquino)

MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. -- Servicemembers handcuffed and tossed in a mock jail and commanders thrown in the dunk tank, all while the 561st Band of the West Coast serenades family and friends to classic pop tunes. These are all typical scenes at the 129th Rescue Wing's annual Family Day Picnic hosted here.

A not-so-typical scene at the Oct. 3 picnic was a special awards ceremony recognizing wing spouses.

Carolann Wunderlin, 129th Rescue Wing Family Readiness Program coordinator, took advantage of the National Guard Bureau's Year of the Military Family and added the awards ceremony to this year's picnic schedule, she said. She plans to continue the honor as an annual event.

"The unit's multiple deployments this year have been very intense for families," said Mrs. Wunderlin. "I felt that this would be a perfect time to introduce the Spouse of the Year award to showcase what they have been through."

Guard members were asked to submit a one-page testament describing how their spouse demonstrates their independence and resiliency. Leslie Wade, wife of Maj. Gen. William H. Wade, the California Adjutant General, presented the spouse awards alongside Mrs. Wunderlin. The spouses recognized included: 

- Mrs. Stacy Griffiths, wife of Maj. William Griffiths, 129th Rescue Wing
- Mrs. Kathryn St Clair, wife of Master Sgt. William St Clair, 129th Maintenance Group
- Mrs. Marilou Matias Cabugoa, wife of Staff Sgt. Roderick Cabugao, 129th Medical Group
- Mrs. Elaine Vindiola, wife of Tech. Sgt. Mark Vindiola, 129th Mission Support Group
- Mrs. Brynn Wagle, wife of Maj. Michael Wagle, 129th Operations Group


With such a great turn out this year, Mrs. Wunderlin hopes to further involve the children of 129th guardsmen next year.

"I want to have interactive learning activities, tangible for the kids to understand what their families are doing in the military," she said. "I would like representatives from each section to promote their mission with equipment and displays to describe their job."

Arrested servicemembers made bail due to fundraising and were released from the jail controlled by the 129th Security Forces Squadron. Commanders were toweled off and continued to mingle with co-workers. Thanks to these morale activities, hospitality booths, the Mobile Veteran Affairs Center and the attendance of friends and family, the event was a stunning success Mrs. Wunderlin added.