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National Night Out a Going Away Party for Drugs and Crime

Fairbanks, AK. – August 14, 2012 – North Haven was pleased to present the fourth annual Fort Greely National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the North Haven picnic pavilion. National Night Out is a nationwide initiative by the National Association of Town Watch to encourage families to take action against drugs and crime in their communities.   This year, North Haven partnered with many fantastic local organizations, Garrison departments and community volunteers to coordinate and present this important annual event:   the Fort Greely Directorate of Emergency Services Department of the Army Police and Fort Greely Fire Department and EMS, the Alaska State Troopers, Fort Greely Military Family Life Consultants, Army Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program (ASAP), the 49th Missile Defense Battalion Family Readiness Group, Fairbanks Chapter of the American Red Cross, Delta/Greely School District, Alaska Army National Guard Family Programs, Army Community Services, the 49th Missile Defense Agency, the Lions Club, Fort Greely Safety, CRTC, the 49th Missile Defense Battalion, Fort Greely Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation , Fort Greely Child and Youth Services and the Youth Center.

On a beautiful Tuesday afternoon, over 250 people gathered to celebrate the event.  The event began with a special presentation of the colors by an honor guard provided by the 49th Missile Defense Battalion NCOs.   DJ Jack Carlson kept the party going with a great selection of tunes and fun commentary. National Night Out participants were treated to great family entertainment such as a huge blowup obstacle course brought in from Recruiting and Retention command in Anchorage, a kids bounce house, fun activities and games, and interesting static displays of a fire truck, smokehouse and police vehicles provided by Fort Greely Directorate of Emergency Services and Alaska State Troopers and a CRTC vehicles and weapons display and vehicles from the 49th Missile Defense Battalion.

A special highlight to this year’s event was the landing a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, piloted by Warrant Officer Nyle Harrison and crew of the Alaska Army National Guard aviation detachment of Fairbanks, in the field behind Fort Greely Middle School.   Everyone was invited to check out the aircraft while crew and pilot explained all of the buttons and straps and levers - many kids returned to view the helicopter quite a few times to learn more about it!

Another highlight of National Night Out was the outdoor barbeque, provided by North Haven.  Attendees were treated to free hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, snow cones and popcorn.  Door prizes were donated by Mt. McKinley Bank, Buffalo Center Drive-In and Acacia Floral along with goodie bags from North Haven.  This event was made possible through the partnership and cooperation of many businesses and organizations, and through the hard work of many volunteers

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