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

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.

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