Story by MC3 Albert Sanchez, Naval Special Warfare Group THREE
KANEOHE, Hawaii (NNS) – The smell of teriyaki Spam sizzling on the grill fills the air as fathers and their children collaborate together to make breakfast. All around the kitchen, smiles and laughter are shared as the fathers patiently teach their young ones how to properly cook a homemade breakfast. However, this is not your average weekend breakfast with family and friends, it is much more.
The “All Pro Dads Breakfast” event is an invitation to all Naval Special Warfare Group THREE (NSWG-THREE) fathers to spend one Saturday morning with their children preparing and eating breakfast together; a luxury that many Sailors do not have a chance to be a part of every weekend.
“The operational tempo of our diverse career fields makes it hard to be able to share these moments with our kids regularly at times, so I try and take advantage of every opportunity that I have to attend this breakfast,” said Lt. Cmdr. Ryan B. Bareng, NSWG-THREE’s Chaplain. “I hope that when my children get older that they can look back and cherish these little moments that we shared together as much as I do.”
The event is not only geared to help develop strong relationships between the dads and their children, it also gives the mothers a break from watching the kids and provides them with a Saturday morning to relax.
“My wife looks forward to the All Pro Dads Breakfast just as much as I do,” said Fire Control Technician 2nd Class Douglas C. Newton, a regular event participant. “It is a great opportunity for me and the kids to spend time with each other while mom goes shopping for herself.”
The All Pro Dads Breakfast is held monthly at a NSWG-THREE Sailor’s house and was originally established in early 2014.
“I love that the breakfast is held at a fellow teammate’s house and not at any random restaurant out in town, said Bareng. “It gives it a more intimate, relaxed feeling that I believe most people enjoy.”
The guests enjoy a balanced meal of a variety of foods, which may include fruit, Spam, eggs, and animal shaped waffles. Before the dads have a chance to sit down and enjoy their meal they first served the children their plates of food, a practice that Chaplain Bareng believes to be an important one.
“Overall it is about the bonding between the father and their children,” said Bareng. “Whatever the setting may be, if we are able to just take a moment and share in the joy of being in each other’s presence then we will be able to hold onto those moments when we are away from them.”
All Pro Dads Breakfast was developed by a collaborative effort between NSWG-THREE’s Preservation of the Force and Family Cell and the Chaplain department.