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Breakers hosts deployed spouses Halloween party

Tech. Sgt. Sheila White, 30th Mission Support Squadron, passes out candy to  children at the deployed spouses halloween costume party on Oct. 26, at the Breakers Dinning Facility here. The party was sponsored by the Family Support Center and the 30th Services Squadron to help keep moral high and bring the families of deployed troops together. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Nichelle K. Griffiths)

Tech. Sgt. Sheila White, 30th Mission Support Squadron, passes out candy to children at the deployed spouses halloween costume party on Oct. 26, at the Breakers Dinning Facility here. The party was sponsored by the Family Support Center and the 30th Services Squadron to help keep moral high and bring the families of deployed troops together. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Nichelle K. Griffiths)

Col. Terry Djuric, 30th Space Wing vice commmander, spends some time with the families at the Deployed Spouses Halloween Costume Party Oct. 26 at the Breakers Dinning Facility here. The party was sponsored by the Family Support Center and the 30th Services Division to help keep moral high and bring the families of deployed Airmen together.  ( U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Nichelle K. Griffiths)

Col. Terry Djuric, 30th Space Wing vice commmander, spends some time with the families at the Deployed Spouses Halloween Costume Party Oct. 26 at the Breakers Dinning Facility here. The party was sponsored by the Family Support Center and the 30th Services Division to help keep moral high and bring the families of deployed Airmen together. ( U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Nichelle K. Griffiths)

Col. Terry Djuric, 30th Space Wings vice commmander, speaks with the children at the Deployed Spouses Halloween Costume Party Oct. 26 at the Breakers Dinning Facility here. The party was sponsored by the Family Support Center and the 30th Services Division to help keep moral high and bring the families of deployed Airmen together. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Nichelle K. Griffiths)

Col. Terry Djuric, 30th Space Wings vice commmander, speaks with the children at the Deployed Spouses Halloween Costume Party Oct. 26 at the Breakers Dinning Facility here. The party was sponsored by the Family Support Center and the 30th Services Division to help keep moral high and bring the families of deployed Airmen together. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Nichelle K. Griffiths)

Tech. Sgt. Sheila White, 30th Mission Support Squadron, passes out candy to children at the Deployed Spouses Halloween Costume Party Oct. 26 at the Breakers Dinning Facility here. The party was sponsored by the Family Support Center and the 30th Services Division to help keep moral high and bring the families of deployed Airmen together. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Nichelle K. Griffiths)

Tech. Sgt. Sheila White, 30th Mission Support Squadron, passes out candy to children at the Deployed Spouses Halloween Costume Party Oct. 26 at the Breakers Dinning Facility here. The party was sponsored by the Family Support Center and the 30th Services Division to help keep moral high and bring the families of deployed Airmen together. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Nichelle K. Griffiths)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Breaker's dining facility understands the importance of family time and support for the families of Vandenberg's deployed Airmen.

Every Thursday, Breaker's hosts dinner for the spouses and family members of Vandenberg's deployed Airmen.

"The deployed spouses' dinners give spouses of deployed Airmen here a break, a chance to eat for minimal cost and meet the spouses of other deployed Airmen," said Tech. Sgt. Sheila White, 30th Mission Support Squadron.

Sergeant White, coordinator of the deployed spouse's dinners, is grateful for the amount of teamwork given by Breaker's in support of the deployed spouse's dinner as well as other occasions.

"The men and women of Breaker's dining facility have been a great help with the deployed spouse's dinner by always being very helpful and open to suggestions," Sergeant White said.

Breaker's also plays host to many special occasion parties for the families of deployed Airmen on base.

"For the last holiday party, the Breaker's team decorated the entire dining facility for free and refused to take reimbursement for the decorations," Sergeant White said.

Breaker's management also changed the menu for Thursday nights to be more "kid friendly."

"We changed the menu on Thursday evening to foods like hot dogs, chicken nuggets and curly fries... things that the children like," said Ellen Weaver, Breaker's Dining Facility manager. "We sometimes set up an ice cream sundae station and we are trying to figure out a way to have some sort of "Kid's Meal" on Thursday evenings as well."

Through the deployed spouse's dinners, the Breaker's dining facility team has had the opportunity to develop unique relationships with the children.

"You really get to know these kids, seeing them every week," said Annie Slonaker, an evening manager of Breaker's dining facility. "It's amazing to see them walk through that door and come running to you."

The men and women of Breaker's dining facility understand the importance of family time and they exemplify that every Thursday night.

"This is a military dining facility, but families should feel welcome as well," said Ms. Slonaker. "Thursday night is their night. A night where kids can have food they like to eat, parents don't have to cook or clean up after dinner, kids can watch movies or play games, and spouses can catch a break."