JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD: Tacoma boy, family treated to day on base

A 9-year-old Tacoma boy participated in the 4th Airlift Squadron's "Pilot for a Day" program Friday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

According to a news release from the base:

The program lets young people who face challenges visit an Air Force base, becoming an honorary part of the team. Participants usually are selected through a partnership with a hospital or foster program.

Mark Moore Jr. and his foster mother, brother and grandfather took a ride in a firetruck at the McChord fire station. They tested the emergency-evacuation hanging harness and climbed to the top of the command tower. They also got a chance to visit the 62nd Security Forces Squadron military working dog unit and tour the inside of a C-17 Globemaster III plane.

Mark’s foster mother, Colleen Remaly, said he and her son Jaden had been excited about the day for a long time.

“Instead of counting down the days until Christmas, they’ve been counting down for this,” she said. “They have not stopped talking about how awesome today is going to be.”