June 1, 2018

Livin’ it up on Irwin Island: Beach Bash celebration kicks off summer

Codi Kozacek
Kevin Brewster and his son, Blake, share a high-five after a trip down the water slide at Fort Irwin’s Island Beach Bash May 23.

FORT IRWIN, Calif. — It’s a common joke newcomers hear at Fort Irwin: “We’ve got all the beach…but no water.” That changed May 23 as Army Field transformed into “Irwin Island” for the installation’s summer beach bash, a community event organized by Fort Irwin Family and MWR. Water slides, live music, fire dancers and a catered luau dinner greeted residents as they celebrated the end of the school year and the beginning of the long Memorial Day weekend. A fireworks show, visible across post, capped off the warm desert evening.  – C. Kozacek

Codi Kozacek

Guests were greeted with flower leis as they entered “Irwin Island” at Army Field during Fort Irwin’s Island Beach Bash May 23.

Codi Kozacek

Anthony and Madelyn Hopper, and their son Braxton, enjoyed the sandy “beach” that supplanted the infield of Army Field at Fort Irwin’s Island Beach Bash May 23.

Codi Kozacek

The summer heat was on full blast during Fort Irwin’s Island Beach Bash May 23. The Holker family and friends – including Aaron Holker, Claire Holker, Gabriel Holker, Graham Holker and Jackson Welles — took advantage of the water slides to cool off.

Codi Kozacek

What’s a party without barbecue? Teriyaki chicken was on the menu for the catered luau dinner on offer at the Island Beach Bash May 23.

All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


Army photograph by Kathryn Bailey

Mobile command post advances set the course for survivability and overmatch

Army command post stakeholders recently attended a demonstration here that featured emerging expeditionary mission command technologies with one primary benchmark — mobility. Hosted by the U.S. Army Research, Development ...

Do Furniture Your Way

One of my favorite things about my husband being an active duty soldier is that we get to live in lots of different parts of the country. Seeing new towns, trying new restaurants and being exposed to unique cultures are adventu...

WACH behavioral health team strengthen relationships with civilian counterparts

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – To foster and strengthen relationships with our community partners a team of behavioral health providers, case managers and specialists from Weed Army Community Hospital toured Desert Parkway Behavioral Heal...