JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas - Joint Base San Antonio will be teeming with activities the evening of Oct. 3 as the installation celebrates the partnership between law enforcement and the community during National Night Out.
Events are planned 6-8 p.m. at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Resident Center, 2739 Dickman Road; 6-8 p.m. at JBSA-Lackland’s Balfour Beatty Housing Office/Community Center, 2254 Brian McElroy Drive; and 5-8 p.m. on the North Park median adjacent to the Parr Club at JBSA-Randolph.
“National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live,” said Tech. Sgt. Jacob See, 802nd Security Forces Squadron unit security manager. “It is a sponsored event by the National Association of Town Watch that occurs in every city, town and village in the United States and is meant to support neighborhood crime and drug prevention.”
JBSA-Fort Sam Houston’s National Night Out will start with a motorcade that visits Watkins Terrace Community Center, Harris Heights Community Center and Fort Sam Houston Resident Center, site of the event.
Demonstrations by first responders and vehicle and equipment displays from the armed services, 502nd SFS and San Antonio and Bexar County law enforcement agencies are planned. The JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Exchange, commissary and other entities will take part in the event with information booths. Lincoln Military Housing will provide food and drinks.
“National Night Out strengthens neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and sends a message to criminals, letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back,” said Police Lt. Steven Dews, 502nd SFS crime prevention manager.
Activities planned at JBSA-Lackland include a hands-on 802nd SFS vehicle and weapons display, an MWD demonstration and fingerprinting for child ID kits. Food and drinks will be provided at no cost.
“There will also be various tables and vendors set up with information about some of the many family support agencies we have on JBSA-Lackland such the Boy and Girl Scouts, fire department and family advocacy,” See said. “The San Antonio Police Explorers will also be in attendance for any young adults who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement.”
At JBSA-Randolph, National Night Out will feature a guest speaker, San Antonio Police Department Assistant Chief Anthony Trevino.
Activities will include taser, MWD and baton demonstrations by 902nd SFS members, a dunking booth provided by Randolph Family Housing, a bouncy castle provided by JBSA-Randolph Youth Programs and a martial arts display by Kung Jung Mul Sul of Schertz. Food and refreshments will include hamburgers, hot dogs and snow cones.
Organizations such as Green Dot, wing safety, the Air Force Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment program, the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocate program, JBSA-Randolph Fire Emergency Services, 902nd SFS and the Universal City Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics team will be represented at information booths.
Staff Sgt. Heath Conde, 902nd SFS NCO in charge of police services, said National Night Out gives law enforcement officers an opportunity to interact with the communities they serve in a positive way as well as display their capabilities.
“It also allows other organizations to spread awareness about major topics that are important every day in our Air Force,” he said. “Among these topics are sexual assault and domestic violence.”