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April 18, 2014

Post presents SASH Dash, celebrates Month of the Military Child

Family members visit the sand art table to make colorful creations during the Month of the Military Child event at Thunder Mountain Activity Centre Saturday. In addition to arts and crafts activities, children participated in carnival-themed games for small prizes.

Staff Sgt. Rico Rico, Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers installation president, announces the route for the Sexual Assault Sexual Harassment Prevention Dash 5K Run/3K Walk. The event started and ended outside Thunder Mountain Activity Centre Saturday.

 
Fort Huachuca hosted two well-attended events Saturday— the Sexual Assault Sexual Harassment, or SASH, Prevention Dash and the Month of the Military Child celebration, or MOMC.

Better Opportunities for Single Soliders, or BOSS, kicked off the day’s activities with their 5K run/3K walk which started and ended outside Thunder Mountain Activity Centre, or TMAC. The SASH Prevention Dash supports the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program and commemorates April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

“I am impressed with the turnout,” said Staff Sgt. Rico Rico, Boss installation president.

While 200 people were projected to attend, the SASH Prevention Dash brought out 293 runners and walkers. Due to the unexpected attendance, only the first 200 participants to finish received ribbons. The event was open to all all authorized Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons and leashed pets were welcome.

The run/walk event led to the main festivities held at TMAC, the MOMC celebration. Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Child Youth School Services and Army Community Service served as the main hosts of the event, however, MOMC received support from a variety of installation organizations, military units and business sponsors.
 

Participants of the Sexual Assault Sexual Harassment Prevention Dash 5K Run/3K Walk advance from the starting Saturday in front of Thunder Mountain Activity Centre. The event, which took place before the Month of the Military Child activities, drew around 300 Soldiers, Civilians and Family members.

 
“Most events have different designations, but this one is for children and that’s what makes it stand out,” explained Angie Babcock, Parent Central Services Office outreach services director.

Approximately 1,000 people attended the youth-oriented afternoon. Children had the opportunity to play carnival-themed games for prizes and participate in arts and crafts.

“I like playing games,” said Serenity Dishman, 6. She explained her favorite activity had been the bowling set, which was sponsored by United States Bowling Congress members to promote the youth leagues at Desert Lanes.

Upon entering TMAC, Families visited ACS and FMWR tables adorned not only with take-home goodies for all ages, but with information about their programs and upcoming events.

“There’s no question too big or too small,” said Lois Sagmoe, ACS Exceptional Family Member Program system navigator. “We’ll make sure they get to the right place at the right time and get the services they need because we love nothing more than supporting our Soldiers and military Families.”
 

Army Community Service personnel welcome Families as they enter the Month of the Military Child event held at the Thunder Mountain Community Centre Saturday. ACS offered adults and children a variety of goodies, literature on programs they provide and gift bags to hold their items.

 
Some of the parties involved provided information on health and safety. Volunteers from Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center distributed information on children’s nutrition, sleep habits and other health tips. On display outside the facility, the Fort Huachuca Fire Department helped Families learn about fire safety in a mock fire and smoke demonstration. During the event parents could also have identification cards made for their children.

Families were introduced to several animal-related activities. A wildlife exhibit was presented by the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and took place next to the Huachuca Area Herpetological Association’s snake exhibition.

Outside TMAC, Buffalo Corral gave brief horse rides to those interested. The 18th Military Police Detachment K-9 Unit also set up and performed a K-9 demonstration early in the event.

Other outdoor displays included the 305th Military Intelligence Battalion’s tent containing geospatial intelligence equipment.

MOMC was completely free to all in attendance. In addition to the games, displays and other activities, popcorn, cotton candy and a lunch were served at no charge. MOMC patrons were also welcomed by live music provided by the Military Intelligence Corps Band and DJ Scott Dewar from SKIES Unlimited.
 

Beau, the barn owl from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, captures the interest of April Lee and son Colin, 7. The owl was part of the wildlife exhibit at the Month of the Military Child event Saturday at Thunder Mountain Activity Centre.

 

Rosalie Ortiz, Child, Youth and School Services, makes cotton candy during the Month of the Military Child event at Thunder Mountain Activity Centre Saturday. In addition to free cotton candy and popcorn, a free lunch was also provided for attendees.

 

Hudson Rutgers, 2, and Madelinn Williams, 4, visit with “Freddy,” the Fort Huachuca Fire Department’s remote control toy fire truck. The fire department was on hand at the Month of the Military Child event at Thunder Mountain Activity Centre Saturday to advocate fire safety to Families.

 

Gabriel Derrick, 2, holds a snake around his neck with the help of Tomas Miscione from the Huachuca Area Herpetological Association. The organization presented a local snake and reptile exhibit during the Month of the Military Child event at Thunder Mountain Activity Centre Saturday where Family members could hold a live snake.




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