JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, WA (Dec. 20, 2012) – Tommy McGraw, an 8-year-old from University Place, Wash., who is currently recovering from an operation to remove a brain tumor, got the opportunity to tour McChord Field Monday as a participant in the Pilot for a Day program.
The purpose of the program, run by the 4th Airlift Squadron, is to give local children with serious illnesses a day completely devoted to them and their interest in aviation.
“The Pilot for a Day program is something we all love,” said Lt. Col. T.J. O’Connell, 4th AS commander. “It a great opportunity to give the children a fun-filled day with some unique experiences, and give them a much needed break.”
Fitted with his own flight suit, complete with official patches, nametag and ascot, Tommy was treated to a host of hands-on activities and demonstrations around base. Maj. Michael Masuda, 313th Airlift Squadron pilot, guided Tommy through his adventures.