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Make-A-Wish® Washington Partners with 62nd Airlift Wing to Prepare Local Boy for His Wish


February 06, 2013


Seattle, WA

When 11-year-old Carl of Mill Creek closes his eyes at night, his dreams are far from what you would expect. He often imagines what it would be like to have been a World War II fighter pilot shot down at Pearl Harbor. With the support of the armed services, Make-A-Wish will help Carl to realize his wish February 15-20 with a series of elaborate adventures planned for him and his family in Hawaii. But, before he takes off, he will undergo survival training with the 62nd Airlift Wing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Monday, February 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Plans include:

  • 10 a.m. Carl and his step-dad, James, arrive at the McChord Field Visitors Center
  • 10:10 a.m. MSgt Pfennig gives Carl and his dad a base driving tour on the way to the Flight Simulator
  • 10:30 a.m. C-17 Flight Simulator with Capt Morgan (Carl will pilot the C-17 on a Pacific mission)
  • 11:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Travel to Bldg 1182 survival classroom for survival academics, MRE lunch, parachute training and issue equipment for field use.
  • 1 p.m. Travel to Back 40 survival training area
  • 1:15 p.m. Outdoor survival training (shelter building, fire craft, sustenance food/water, signaling and recovery)
  • 3 p.m. Travel back to Visitors Center and depart

Media wishing to cover this event at JBLM must RSVP to SSgt Frances Kriss, 62nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs, by close of business Feb. 8 at senaprf_naar.xevff@hf.ns.zvy or 253.982.5637.

About Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington:

Since 1986, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington has granted wishes to more than 5,200 children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. This year, the local chapter will grant more than 300 wishes. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can influence the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. For more information about Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington and how you can share the power of a wish® please call 800.304.9474, visit or connect with us on Facebook at or on Twitter at @MakeAWishAKWA.


Jeannette Tarcha
Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington or 206.623.5338
Day of: 206.300.4343

SSgt Frances Kriss
62nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
senaprf_naar.xevff@hf.ns.zvy or 253.982.5637

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Jeannette Tarcha
Vice President, Communications & Marketing
811 1st Ave #620
Seattle, WA  98104

Phone : (206) 623-5338
Fax : (206) 623-5333

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