California Air National Guardsmen of the 129th Rescue Wing
What: Senator Jerry Hill joins South San Francisco seniors for their fifth annual valentine crafts project – making valentines for locally based units of the armed forces. This year recently deployed California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing, based at Moffett Federal Airfield, will receive the valentines. About 165 airmen from the 129th Rescue Wing were deployed on January 25 in support of missions in Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa. Wing members plan to join Hill and the South City seniors on Friday to receive the valentines and ensure their transport to their colleagues overseas.
When: 2 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2013
Where: Magnolia Center
South San Francisco Senior Services
601 Grand Avenue, 3rd Floor
South San Francisco
Background: Jerry Hill began the valentine crafts project with the South San Francisco seniors as an assemblymember in 2009, during his first term as a member of the California Legislature. The annual activity with the city of South San Francisco’s Senior Services program continued throughout Hill’s four-year tenure in the Assembly. This year will mark Hill’s fifth valentine crafts project with South City seniors and his first as a senator.
Each year, the seniors’ handmade valentines are sent to deployed locally based units or to veterans of locally based units. This year, the valentines will go to deployed California Air National Guardsmen of the 129th Rescue Wing. The prospect of sending the seniors’ valentines to National Guardsmen holds special meaning for Hill, who served in the California Army National Guard as a staff sergeant from 1966 to 1972 in the Headquarters Company of the 233rd Engineering Group, which was based in San Francisco.
“I look forward to joining the South City seniors in their valentine crafts project each year,” said Hill, D-San Mateo. “Their handcrafted cards with messages of pride, gratitude and encouragement will make this coming Valentine’s Day extra special for those deployed with the 129th Rescue Wing.”