DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Soaring Heights Communities hosted its 9th annual National Night Out event Oct. 7, 2015. The event helped educate residents about local first emergency responders.
The event was intended to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime efforts and strengthen neighborhood spirit and security organizations.
“On base and off base organizations generously donated their time to provide demonstrations, safety tips, refreshments and more,” said Amara Comeau, Soaring Heights Communities marketing and communications manager.
During the event the 355th Security Forces Squadron performed a military working dog demonstration, where Staff Sgt. Lori Lemay, 355th Security Forces Squadron MWD handler, showcased the attack capabilities of Emor, 355th SFS MWD.
The 355th Civil Engineer Squadron displayed a fire engine for children to climb into and observe. 355th CES explosive ordnance disposal technicians piloted a micro tactical ground robot around their display area to showcase its abilities. Other agencies from base who attended were 355th Aerospace Medical Squadron Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight and the U.S. Border Patrol.
“Through participation in National Night Out we are able to enhance the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community,” Comeau said. “It provided a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under a positive circumstance.”
This was the 9th year that D-M has participated in the event; however the event has been going on for 34 years around the world. Neighbors in 16,124 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canada, and military bases worldwide participate in this event. While most communities host the night out on the first Tuesday in August, Soaring Heights holds its event during October due to Tucson’s extreme heat in August.
“We look forward to doing this every year,” said Carolyn Decker, Soaring Heights Communities event coordinator. “We usually get between three to five hundred people, it’s our biggest event.”