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Holloman Airmen celebrate 25th annual Day of Caring

Members of the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron team up to beautify a disabled resident’s front lawn and backyard as part of the annual Day of Caring volunteer event in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 9, 2016. Hollomen Airmen account for a majority of the Day of Caring volunteer event taskforce. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alexis P. Docherty)

Members of the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron team up to beautify a disabled resident’s front lawn and backyard as part of the annual Day of Caring volunteer event in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 9, 2016. Hollomen Airmen account for a majority of the Day of Caring volunteer event taskforce. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alexis P. Docherty)

Col. Houston R. Cantwell, the 49th Wing commander, gives an opening speech at the 25th annual Day of Caring volunteer event at Alameda Park in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 9, 2016. The Day of Caring offers support to families, disabled individuals and senior citizens within Otero County communities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alexis P. Docherty)

Col. Houston R. Cantwell, the 49th Wing commander, gives an opening speech at the 25th annual Day of Caring volunteer event at Alameda Park in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 9, 2016. The Day of Caring offers support to families, disabled individuals and senior citizens within Otero County communities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alexis P. Docherty)

Day of Caring volunteers pose for a group photo at Alameda Park in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 9, 2016. The annual Day of Caring volunteer event, hosted by The United Way of Otero County, helps disabled individuals and senior citizens. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alexis P. Docherty)

Day of Caring volunteers pose for a group photo at Alameda Park in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 9, 2016. The annual Day of Caring volunteer event, hosted by The United Way of Otero County, helps disabled individuals and senior citizens. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alexis P. Docherty)

Airmen 1st Class Michael and Michael, Day of Caring volunteers, who are both heating, ventilation and air conditioning technicians with the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron here, pose for a photo before doing yard work at a disabled resident’s home in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 9, 2016. Day of Caring volunteers perform a variety of tasks from window washing to lawn mowing, for those in need. (Last names are being withheld due to operational requirements. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alexis P. Docherty)

Airmen 1st Class Michael and Michael, Day of Caring volunteers, who are both heating, ventilation and air conditioning technicians with the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron here, pose for a photo before doing yard work at a disabled resident’s home in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 9, 2016. Day of Caring volunteers perform a variety of tasks from window washing to lawn mowing, for those in need. (Last names are being withheld due to operational requirements. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alexis P. Docherty)

Two Day of Caring volunteers fix a disabled resident’s watering hose in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 9, 2016. Day of Caring volunteers perform daily tasks that may prove difficult for disabled individuals and senior citizens. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alexis P. Docherty)

Two Day of Caring volunteers fix a disabled resident’s watering hose in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 9, 2016. Day of Caring volunteers perform daily tasks that may prove difficult for disabled individuals and senior citizens. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alexis P. Docherty)

Airmen 1st Class Michael and Shawndell, Day of Caring volunteers, who are both heating, ventilation and air conditioning technicians with the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron here, fix a disabled resident’s faulty watering hose in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 9, 2016. Hundreds of Holloman Airmen volunteered for the 25th annual Day of Caring. (Last names are being withheld due to operational requirements. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alexis P. Docherty)

Airmen 1st Class Michael and Shawndell, Day of Caring volunteers, who are both heating, ventilation and air conditioning technicians with the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron here, fix a disabled resident’s faulty watering hose in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 9, 2016. Hundreds of Holloman Airmen volunteered for the 25th annual Day of Caring. (Last names are being withheld due to operational requirements. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alexis P. Docherty)

Airmen 1st Class Brandon, Michael and Shawndell, Day of Caring volunteers, who are heating, ventilation and air conditioning technicians with the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron here, laugh with Donna, a disabled resident, in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 9, 2016. The Airmen helped to beautify Donna’s front lawn and backyard, and also helped her to move some furniture. (Last names are being withheld due to operational requirements. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alexis P. Docherty)

Airmen 1st Class Brandon, Michael and Shawndell, Day of Caring volunteers, who are heating, ventilation and air conditioning technicians with the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron here, laugh with Donna, a disabled resident, in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 9, 2016. The Airmen helped to beautify Donna’s front lawn and backyard, and also helped her to move some furniture. (Last names are being withheld due to operational requirements. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alexis P. Docherty)

Senior Airman Ervin, a Day of Caring volunteer, and a heating, ventilation and air conditioning technician with the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron here, removes two flower pots from a disabled resident’s front lawn in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 9, 2016. The annual Day of Caring was an all-day volunteer event and employed the help of hundreds of Holloman Airmen. (Last names are being withheld due to operational requirements. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alexis P. Docherty)

Senior Airman Ervin, a Day of Caring volunteer, and a heating, ventilation and air conditioning technician with the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron here, removes two flower pots from a disabled resident’s front lawn in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 9, 2016. The annual Day of Caring was an all-day volunteer event and employed the help of hundreds of Holloman Airmen. (Last names are being withheld due to operational requirements. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alexis P. Docherty)

Airman 1st Class Brandon, a heating, ventilation and air conditioning technician with the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron and a Day of Caring volunteer, cleans an elderly resident’s windows in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 9, 2016. Day of Caring volunteers are given materials and yard working tools to clean the homes of disabled individuals and senior citizens. (Last names are being withheld due to operational requirements. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alexis P. Docherty)

Airman 1st Class Brandon, a heating, ventilation and air conditioning technician with the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron and a Day of Caring volunteer, cleans an elderly resident’s windows in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 9, 2016. Day of Caring volunteers are given materials and yard working tools to clean the homes of disabled individuals and senior citizens. (Last names are being withheld due to operational requirements. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alexis P. Docherty)

Airmen 1st Class Michael and Michael, Day of Caring volunteers, who are both heating, ventilation and air conditioning technicians with the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron here, gather pine needles from a disabled resident’s front lawn in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 9, 2016. The annual Day of Caring volunteer event helps disabled individuals and senior citizens within the Otero County community. (Last names are being withheld due to operational requirements. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alexis P. Docherty)
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Airmen 1st Class Michael and Michael, Day of Caring volunteers, who are both heating, ventilation and air conditioning technicians with the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron here, gather pine needles from a disabled resident’s front lawn in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 9, 2016. The annual Day of Caring volunteer event helps disabled individuals and senior citizens within the Otero County community. (Last names are being withheld due to operational requirements. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alexis P. Docherty)

Day of Caring volunteers pose for a group photo at Alameda Park in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 9, 2016. The annual Day of Caring volunteer event serves several Otero County communities, such as Cloudcroft, N.M. and Tularosa, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alexis P. Docherty)
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Day of Caring volunteers pose for a group photo at Alameda Park in Alamogordo, N.M. on Sept. 9, 2016. The annual Day of Caring volunteer event serves several Otero County communities, such as Cloudcroft, N.M. and Tularosa, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alexis P. Docherty)

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(Editor's note: Last names are being withheld due to operational requirements.)

Hundreds of people dressed in neon T-shirts are situated across a field of green, holding white signs with bright red lettering high in the air.  A group of Airmen, donning vibrant green tops, huddle together within several feet of a sign that reads “Zone 2.”

Volunteers veer in-and-out of the large crowd, searching for their zone leaders or friends.

Pages, scribed with home addresses from Alamogordo, N.M. to Tularosa, N.M., are passed between members of each zone. Within several minutes the cluttered field turns barren. The volunteers pile into small sedans and trucks yielding bright smiles and yard working tools, and speed off to help those in need, as part of Otero County’s 25th annual Day of Caring volunteer event Sept. 10, 2016.

The Day of Caring is hosted by The United Way of Otero County. The annual volunteer event aims to help disabled individuals and senior citizens within several communities including Alamogordo, Cloudcroft, N.M. and Tularosa, by providing assistance with household projects. Hundreds of Holloman Airmen and community members showed their support through cash donations or lending a helping hand, such as cutting wood, mowing lawns and moving furniture.

“I really want to show my appreciation to the community, letting them know that, ‘Hey, we do care about you, and we appreciate all of the support that the city gives to us,’” said Senior Airman Ervin, a Day of Caring volunteer, and a heating, ventilation and air conditioning technician with the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron. “Nothing beats seeing their smile. We come in the house, and they automatically light up with joy. They’re constantly saying, ‘Thank you.’ (They) don’t have to thank us. It’s what we came here to do.”

Holloman Airmen account for a majority of the Day of Caring volunteer event’s taskforce. Their involvement helps Holloman maintain a healthy relationship with the greater Otero County community, while also promoting the welfare of its citizens.  

“(We) come together to do something good for people who can’t do it for themselves,” said Master Sgt. Greg, a Day of Caring volunteer, and the airmen dorm leader superintendent with the 49th CES. “That’s where the true power comes in. Look into yourself. Ask why you’re actually doing this. Let that be your drive. It reflects not only in us who show up in our event T-shirts, but also in the folks who we’re helping. That’s what’s most important.”