SFS to host National Night Out

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  • By Mark Wyatt
  • 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – The 66th Security Forces Squadron here will host National Night Out Aug. 7 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Memorial Park to promote police and community partnerships as well as neighborhood camaraderie.

According to the National Night Out website, thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide will take part on the first Tuesday in August.

“National Night Out seeks to bring the community together to make our neighborhoods safer and more caring places to live,” said Senior Airman Keith Keen, an investigator with the 66th Security Forces Squadron and organizer of the event. “We would like to bring members of the community, law enforcement and first responders together.”

Activities at Hanscom include a military working dog and weapon demonstration, dunk tank, scavenger hunt, inflatable bounce house, outdoor movie and much more. Local vendors will also be on hand selling food.

“Law enforcement agencies from the local communities surrounding Hanscom Air Force Base will attend with vehicles, motorcycles and mobile operation centers,” Keen said. “In addition, Boston Med Flight will have a static display of their operational helicopter.”

The first National Night Out was held in 1984. The event involved 2.5 million neighbors across 400 communities in 23 states. However, the event soon grew to a celebration beyond just front porch vigils, according to the organization’s website.

For further information, contact Keen at 781-225-5624 or by email at keith.keen@us.af.mil or Tech. Sgt. Don San Juan at 781-225-5618 or by email at don.sanjuan@us.af.mil.