Hawaii Airman helps to volunteer, strengthen partnership in Kyrgyzstan

Master Sgt. Jerome Baysmore

376th Air Expeditionary Wing

(Editor’s note: A Hawaii Air National Guardsman from Hickam is currently working with the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing.)

NIZNE-CHUISK VILLAGE, Kyrgyzstan – Manas Area Benefit Outreach Society representatives helped a local school prepare for an upcoming class here June 7.

Several Airmen volunteers from the transit center at Manas donated their time to help repaint the hallways and floors in “Niz Village” during the school summer break.

“Kids are my passion – I like kids, and I try to do what I can to help out,” said Master Sgt. Michael Dinneen, a Hawaii Air National Guardsman who is working with the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing as a chaplain assistant and is the Niz Village MABOS focus group leader. “We try to do what we can to help out the school,” he explained.

“We don’t speak the language, but kids really don’t care. They just want some attention and someone to hang out with; I can do that,”

Dinneen continued. “I think it helps our morale at the transit center to get the chance to get out, interact with the locals, and help where we can.”

Senior Airman Kelsey Liriano-Wilson, 22nd Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron aircrew flight equipment specialist, agreed.

“This is my second time at Manas, and I’ve always loved going to the orphanages helping out and playing with the kids,” she said. Liriano-Wilson is deployed from the 92nd Operations Support Squadron at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for us to help the community,” she said.

Although the children were out for their break, the volunteers didn’t mind.

“It didn’t matter much to me,” said Senior Airman Samantha Lewis, 728th Aircraft

Maintenance Squadron C-17 Supply technician deployed here from the 60th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. “It’s definitely an experience and I wanted to take the opportunity to come out and explore a little bit. I wanted to get out to see what it’s like here. It puts things in perspective as to why we help out where we can,” said Lewis.

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