Hundreds of residents turned out for National Night Out 2015, a nationwide community effort to promote safe neighborhoods and vibrant communities. The event, held annually since 1984, hosted over 38 million people in 2014, from all fifty states. Through partnerships with local law enforcement agencies, our sites held festivities to enhance relationships between neighbors and those that keep the community safe.
Fairchild AFB welcomed over 400 residents to their celebration, partnering with the Sheriff Community Oriented Policing Effort (SCOPE), who greeted community members and offered tours of emergency vehicles. Residents enjoyed activities such as t-shirt making and field games, snacks and raffle prizes for all who attended.
It was the 32nd Annual National Night Out at Fort Gordon, and Fort Gordon Family Housing helped spearhead the anniversary effort. LifeWorks Coordinator Dana Wardell proudly accepted a proclamation from Garrison Commander Colonel Samuel G. Anderson for the team's efforts. In addition to Fort Gordon Family Housing, a dozen local agencies were present to meet and greet residents. Throughout the evening, families received vital information about personal safety, including bicycle safety and wildlife demonstrations. Families were invited to visit agency booths, where they collected giveaways such as child identification kits and met local patrolmen with K-9 military dogs.
At West Point, over 300 people attended the National Night Out bash, meeting with local military police and fire department as well as American Red Cross representatives. After enjoying dinner provided by West Point Family Housing, community members enjoyed the night out with a local DJ, fitness dance class demonstrations, dunk tank and bounce house.
The NAS Jacksonville team contributed to their installation's annual event by providing information and giveaways to attendees, and received a mention in the installation newspaper for their support. Residents enjoyed dinner and a special visit from McGruff the Crime Dog, along with outside activities such as water slides and sack races.
It's clear that this year's National Night Out was a huge hit for our communities across the nation! We look forward to featuring more acts of service enhancing the relationship between residents and local agencies to establish safety in all aspects of life.