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National Night Out event brings community together

By Airman 1st Class Lincoln Korver | Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Public Affairs | Sept. 27, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — National Night Out was established in 1981 to educate communities on how to fight against drugs and crime.

NNO is annually observed the first Tuesday of August. However, the Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph community has participated in NNO on Oct. 2 for the last two years because of extreme summer heat.

"I'm looking forward to National Night Out," Senior Airman Jesse Angulo III, 902nd Security Forces Squadron police services, said. "It's a very exciting event that allows our agencies to interact with the public and actually make personal contact with them."

This year, Randolph will celebrate NNO from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 2 near the housing area on North Park Street.

"We're going to have great things for people of all ages," Staff Sgt. Eric Simmons, 902nd SFS NCO in charge of police services, said. "The squadron is teaming up with a number of other Randolph organizations to include the 902nd Force Support Squadron, fire department and wing safety."

Some things participants will see at the celebration include a security forces crime prevention tips booth, McGruff the Crime Dog and a patrol car display, Simmons said. FSS will have activities for children, like three-legged races, a football throw, baseball throw and an obstacle course. Sparky the Fire Dog will also be in attendance along with a fire truck display sponsored by the 902nd Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Emergency Services.

To go with the wide variety of visual displays at the event, there will also be food, cotton candy, snow cones, beverages, a disc jockey and a live band provided by Hunt Housing.

"NNO is more than just a celebration or an event; it's a time when people can come together, have a good time and learn ways to keep their family and community safe," Simmons said.

"National Night Out is held nationwide and gives agencies the perfect opportunity to meet, educate others about crime and drug prevention, and for neighbors to meet and get to know one another."