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National Night Out

Email   Print   Share By Heather Graham-Ashley, Sentinel News Editor
August 4, 2011 | Living
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Steven Guauque, 9, cools off on the waterslide Tuesday during Fort Hood’s National Night Out at Bronco Youth Center. Heather Graham-Ashley, Sentinel News Editor
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Sergeant Jonathan Cantu and his canine partner Diesel meet Madison Barretta, 6, Tuesday following a Military Working Dog demonstration at Bronco Youth Center during Fort Hood’s annual National Night Out. Heather Graham-Ashley, Sentinel News Editor
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Specialist Robert Cox, 1st Cavalry Division, leads Jayda Sitler, 11, on a pony ride Tuesday during Fort Hood’s Naitonal Night Out at Smith Middle School. Heather Graham-Ashley, Sentinel News Editor
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Six Killer, a rock band from Kempner, provides live music Tuesday during National Night Out at Smith Middle School. Heather Graham-Ashley, Sentinel News Editor
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A small train provides rides around Fort Hood’s National Night Out event Tuesday at Smith Middle School. The train was just one of many activities offered for Fort Hood children. Heather Graham-Ashley, Sentinel News Editor
Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services and Fort Hood Family Housing collaborated with post and community agencies to take a stand against crime Tuesday during National Night Out at two locations on the installation.

National Night Out is a nationwide event held annually to increase crime prevention and strengthen neighborhoods.

This year marked Fort Hood’s 28th annual National Night Out.

Despite the intense heat, several hundred Fort Hood Families and community members came out to Smith Middle School and Bronco Youth Center for free food, games and demonstrations by Fort Hood first responders.

Pony rides, a mini train, bounce houses and other inflatables, a dunk booth and hands-on opportunities with law enforcement equipment provided more than enough to entertain Fort Hood youth.

It was all of the fun activities that prompted Cody McNeal, 9, to attend with his Family. McNeal’s parents said he has been asking them when National Night Out would be held again.

“It’s awesome,” he said. “I couldn’t wait to come back this year.”

For the adults, a rock band from Kempner, Six Killer, performed at Smith Middle School and post agencies provided information about their programs, such as the New Parent Support branch and iWatch, the Army’s anti-terrorism campaign.

And there was the free food, drinks and cooling stations that were enjoyed by all.

The night was more than just fun and games. It was about taking a stand against crime and encouraging community members to get to know their neighbors.

For Fort Hood DES agencies National Night Out was an opportunity for law enforcement agencies to get out and meet with members of the Fort Hood Family and the greater community and spread the message of involvement in one’s community.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to learn the needs of the community, and, also, let the community know what we do,” Capt. Jonathan Caylor, supervisor, Community Police, Fort Hood DES, said. “It’s a chance for those who support the community to all come together to form a partnership.”

Collaborative efforts among DES, Fort Hood Family Housing and community partners made for a successful event.

Community members also got a chance to check out some of law enforcement’s capabilities and meet those who watch over their safety. Officers from sections throughout DES answered questions and mingled with residents and the always popular Military Working Dogs demonstrated their abilities.
 
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