Fort Hood residents came together last week for fun and safety awareness as part of National Night Out.

Held Aug. 6 at Hood Stadium, Fort Hood Family Housing organized the event to bring neighbors together to learn about driving dangers, crime prevention and healthy living, in an environment filled with fun, family-friendly activities and free food.

“The idea for us was to encourage residents to be a part of something greater than just the house they live in,” said Marvin Williams, director of property management for family housing. “It’s all about coming out and having fun and emphasizing the importance of safety.”

Many of the presentations and displays centered around the six lifestyle enrichments family housing focuses on for its residents — live safely, have fun, be social, live healthy, live wise and live green.

“As much as we like cooking hot dogs and hamburgers, we want residents to walk away feeling like their lives were enriched by the programs we have provided,” Williams said.

Fort Hood’s fire and police departments were also at the event to answer any questions for residents.

“I hope people see it’s about all of us coming together and looking out for everyone,” said Shaunta Dunbar, Comanche III mayor. “I hope they see all of the great organizations here at Fort Hood that can help them with any questions or concerns they have.”

Crystal Ames, a military spouse and Fort Hood resident, attended the event with her husband and two sons, because it was something fun and affordable for the family.

“I’m glad they had it. The kids have really enjoyed it,” she said, adding the event was worth braving the hot weather.

Specifically for the kids, police were teaching about stranger danger and other back-to-school safety tips, said Jennifer Rounds, a patrol captain with Fort Hood police.

“For residents, the event puts a face with the police officers, so they feel comfortable calling for help when they need them,” she said.

Fort Hood is also encouraging residents to host block parties in October as part of a second post-wide crime prevention event.

“Our biggest asset is each other. If you see something, report it. If you have issues, tell somebody to take of it,” Dunbar said. “We can’t solve all the problems on post, but we can solve most by looking, listening and reporting.”

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