NEW CUMBERLAND, Pennsylvania –
On Aug. 2, employees, installation residents, and community gathered for Defense Distribution Center Susquehanna’s annual National Night Out. This year’s theme, “Taking Safety to Victory Lane,” was presented through family-oriented activities with the goal of promoting community involvement in preventing crime and drug use, strengthening police and community relations, and encouraging neighborhood camaraderie.
DLA Installation Support at Susquehanna site director Rob Montefour kicked off the evening, saying, “It’s our goal here on the installation to keep everyone safe and foster a sense of community with all. We hope you take this opportunity to get to know your local law and emergency services personnel while having a great time.”
The installation opened its firehouse doors to showcase emergency equipment, while children participated in fire prevention activities. The children had an opportunity to ride tricycles, get their faces painted, ride a zip line, try their hand at a dunk tank, and have fun in bounce houses. Siblings competed for accuracy by spraying water from a fire hose to a target representing a burning building.
A picnic meal was provided to everyone in attendance, and several booths were available with information to learn about services the installation provides.
The event was hosted by the installation’s police department, with the fire department and security branch providing support.
The National Night Out program has been traditionally held by the National Association of Town Watch on the first Tuesday of August since 1984. Defense Distribution Center Susquehanna, home to over 4,000 employees and residents – made up of dozens of military organizations and families of active duty military members – has won the association’s military award seven times since the year 2005.