The National Association of Town Watch has chosen Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes as winners of the 2013 National Night Out award in the Military category.
Selection is based on key components included in their campaign, such as community part- icipation, law enforcement involvement and long-term impact of safety programs. The Military category specifically honors military installations throughout the country that embody the National Night Out ideals of safety and awareness.
National Night Out 2013 was unlike any previous event for Mountain Community Homes. Its success was due in large part to the partnerships and support of Fort Drum Directorate of Emergency Services personnel.
Committee members began the daunting task of planning for their largest event of the year in January. They coordinated with a variety of emergency services on post, including the Fort Drum Fire Department, Fort Drum Military Police, Fort Drum Safety Office and Army Substance Abuse Program. Each organization contributed to creating long-term goals with Mountain Community Homes to continue safety practices after the night was over.
“It is truly an honor to be recognized for participating in such an amazing, nationally recognized program,” said Megan Klosner, director of property management. “Countless hours go into the planning of just one evening, and it would not be possible without the continued support from our Fort Drum agencies. It’s all about bringing the community together for a night of education and safety awareness, while having fun at the same time.”
The evening began with a parade led by the 10th Mountain Division Band and a color guard. Attendees participated in activities that included the first Safety Town bicycle obstacle course, child ID kit stations by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and a Summer Safety booth. A live band performed while participants enjoyed free food, bounce houses, a rock wall and face painting.
National Night Out, held on the first Tuesday in August for the past 30 years, celebrates crime and drug prevention awareness. The goal is to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. The event brings residents together with members of local fire department and law enforcement agencies to foster a commitment to safety in communities across the nation.
“Of all of the events Mountain Community Homes hosts for our Soldiers and Families, National Night Out is the premier event,” said Charity Tripp, resident events coordinator. “It is an enjoyable evening that brings together our Fort Drum community with the goal of increasing awareness of safety issues in a very fun and festive atmosphere.”
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