Fort Belvoir families came out for National Night Out Tuesday evening on Pullen Field. NNO focuses on building relationships between first responders and their local communities, with the goal to establish a sense of community.
Ten-year-old Anastasia Hupp and her mom, Crystal Hupp, a military spouse, decided to check out National Night Out after Anastasia’s dad told her about it.
Anastasia, donning a kid’s fireman hat, said she was excited to be at the event to see the first responders.
“It shows how involved they are with the community. Otherwise, it’s just nameless faces inside the cars,” Crystal said about the importance of National Night Out for the community. “Or, with the fire stations, we never really see them unless it’s an emergency.”
Sgt. William Epps from DLA’s Police Department said the event was a chance for the community to see what law enforcement is like.
“You want to show that you support the community, and you also want to show young people that law enforcement is there for them,” he said. “We’re not something to be afraid of.”
NNO allows people to see how law enforcement equipment works and ask questions about what they do, he said.
Those who attended were able to see demonstrations from Fort Belvoir’s Military Police K-9 demonstrations, sit in fire trucks and police cars, and interact with first responders.
Col. Michael Greenberg, Fort Belvoir Garrison commander, thought it was a great community event.
“This is what we’re all about — allowing the community to meet and greet the police officers, the security guards, the firefighters, and building that relationship, because we are all about security on our installation,” he said, adding it was a great event they were fortunate to have.