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Hampton Looking for More Families to 'Adopt an Airman'

An F/A-22 Raptor and an F-15 Eagle fly over Langley Air Force Base, Va., Jan. 7, 2005. It was the Raptor's final flight before landing at its new home at Langley. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Keith Reed
An F/A-22 Raptor and an F-15 Eagle fly over Langley Air Force Base, Va., Jan. 7, 2005. It was the Raptor's final flight before landing at its new home at Langley. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Keith Reed

A Hampton program that pairs a young, single airman with a local family for a kind of "exchange program" is seeking more families to participate.

The "Adopt an Airman" program has linked 14 airmen from Langley Air Force Base with host families, according to its coordinator, Bruce Sturk, Hampton's director of federal facilities. But he said six more airmen have applied for the program.

"The challenge is the bank of host family applicants is empty," Sturk said in an email.

Airmen live in dormitories on base -- not with host families -- and like most young adults, this might be their first time away from home. Families are encouraged to provide them a "home away from home," hosting them at dinners or game nights. The idea is to get them off base and into the community, Sturk has said.

They will be matched based on interests indicated in an application questionnaire. It could be anything from sports, occupation or religion.

The city has prepared guides for both the airmen and families with tips about the program, which can be found online.

To apply or get a guide, visit hampton.gov/mac/adopt or langleycivicleaders.org, or contact Bruce Sturk at 757-727-6102 or bsturk@hampton.gov.

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