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Fort Jackson hosts National Night Out, K-9 team demonstrations

Fort Jackson will host a National Night Out at 5:30 p.m., October 4, to promote safety within the community. Fort Jackson has won the “Military Award” from the National Association of Town Watch for its National Night Out event for three years.

The national awards program recognizes communities for participation in the National Night Out Campaign through competition between communities of a similar population. Fort Jackson’s event in 2021 was cancelled due to weather conditions.

National Night Out will kick off with an emergency vehicle parade from post headquarters to Hilton Field. Then the static displays and demonstrations, such as the K-9 team, start at 6 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. Law enforcement partners from off post will also have booths and displays. There will be giveaways and food trucks on the field and music from the 282nd Army Band (Rock Band).

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie across the United States. It enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing a sense of community.

Fort Jackson is conducting this event to bring the community together in a fun environment that builds relationships with neighbors. It will also create safer neighborhoods by showcasing the importance of safety through various demonstrations and provide resources for residents.

Although Fort Jackson will be one of many local areas hosting a National Night Out, everyone is encouraged to visit their local Army post to celebrate. Many soldiers, family members, friends, and future soldiers do not live on post and might wonder how this event is celebrated. The public is invited to come meet the Army to gain an understanding of Fort Jackson and its support services.

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