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Team Seymour splashes into summer with grand re-opening

Col. Joseph Slavick (center left), 4th Mission Support Group commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Shane Wagner, 4th Fighter Wing command chief, cut the ribbon at the splash pad grand opening, May 24, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The splash pad is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Labor Day weekend. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes/Released)

Col. Joseph Slavick (center left), 4th Mission Support Group commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Shane Wagner, 4th Fighter Wing command chief, cut the ribbon at the splash pad grand opening, May 24, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The splash pad is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Labor Day weekend. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes/Released)

A child of Team Seymour uses a water cannon at the slash park, May 24, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The splash pad color theme of red, blue, green and yellow reflects the four fighter squadrons located at Seymour Johnson AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes/Released)

A child of Team Seymour uses a water cannon at the slash park, May 24, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The splash pad color theme of red, blue, green and yellow reflects the four fighter squadrons located at Seymour Johnson AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes/Released)

Children of Team Seymour get doused with a bucket of water at the splash pad grand opening, May 24, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Airmen and their families attended the grand re-opening of Debden Park which now features the splash pad. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes/Released)

Children of Team Seymour get doused with a bucket of water at the splash pad grand opening, May 24, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Airmen and their families attended the grand re-opening of Debden Park which now features the splash pad. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes/Released)

Members of Team Seymour play in the splash pad during the grand re-opening of Debden Park, May 24, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. More than 300 Airmen and their families attended the re-opening event that featured Debden Park’s newest addition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes/Released)

Members of Team Seymour play in the splash pad during the grand re-opening of Debden Park, May 24, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. More than 300 Airmen and their families attended the re-opening event that featured Debden Park’s newest addition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes/Released)

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. --

Team Seymour kick-started the summer with the grand re-opening of Debden Park, featuring a brand new splash pad, May 24, 2016.

More than 300 Airmen and their families attended the event. Col. Joseph Slavick, 4th Mission Support Group commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Shane Wagner, 4th Fighter Wing command chief, officially opened the splash pad where shenanigans followed the ceremony as parents and children partook in the park’s new addition. 

“We wanted to make Seymour Johnson [Air Force Base] a better place to be and this splash pad is just another addition to that,” said 1st Lt. Liz Vaughan, 4th Force Support Squadron action officer. “The splash pad is a great opportunity for kids who can’t spend a lot of time in the pool, or maybe someone has a wide age range of kids; they can play in the park, the splash pad or have a barbecue.”

Through the Make It Better initiative with support from wing leadership, Airmen from the 4th Civil Engineer Squadron and 4th FSS expedited the more than $453K splash pad project through completion, according to Vaughan, and meet the May deadline of opening before the summer months.

“Having three kids and having the splash pad here is going to be amazing during the summer because we found last summer there just wasn’t a lot of stuff to do,” said Joanne Miller, wife of Staff Sgt. Benjamin Miller, 4th Logistic Readiness Squadron operator records and licensing manager. “It’s a great way for them to cool down during the summer right here on base, I’m really excited to be able to bring my kids here and enjoy the splash pad.” 

The splash pad is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Labor Day weekend. 
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