Soaring Heights hosts National Night Out

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Lori Lemay, 355th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and Emor, 355th SFS MWD demonstrate how a MWD can attack an aggressor, during a National Night Out event at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 7, 2015. The National Night Out event was held by the National Association of Town Watch and co- sponsored locally by Soaring Heights Communities. The night out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and security organization. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cheyenne A. Powers/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Lori Lemay, 355th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and Emor, 355th SFS MWD demonstrate how a MWD can attack an aggressor, during a National Night Out event at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 7, 2015. The National Night Out event was held by the National Association of Town Watch and co- sponsored locally by Soaring Heights Communities. The night out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and security organization. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cheyenne A. Powers/Released)

U.S. Air Force Jason Rice, 355th Civil Engineering Squadron Fire and Emergencies Services unit captain, passes out helmets and pamphlets to local children during a National Night Out event at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 7, 2015. The event is intended to educate the public about crime and drug prevention as well as strengthen neighborhood spirit and security-organization. Rice gave children and parents different items that would help teach them this in a fun way. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cheyenne A. Powers/Released)

U.S. Air Force Jason Rice, 355th Civil Engineering Squadron Fire and Emergencies Services unit captain, passes out helmets and pamphlets to local children during a National Night Out event at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 7, 2015. The event is intended to educate the public about crime and drug prevention as well as strengthen neighborhood spirit and security-organization. Rice gave children and parents different items that would help teach them this in a fun way. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cheyenne A. Powers/Released)

The family of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jamie Matekaitis, 355th Maintenance Group quality assurance inspector, family interacts with the 355th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposals’ micro tactical ground robot during a National Night Out event at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 7, 2015. The robot was part of the display EOD had for the event hosted by Soaring Heights Communities. The event was held to educate the public about all the emergency services, and featured displays by the 355th Security Forces Squadron, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron, 355th Aerospace Medical Squadron Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight and the U.S. Border Patrol. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cheyenne A. Powers/Released)

The family of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jamie Matekaitis, 355th Maintenance Group quality assurance inspector, family interacts with the 355th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposals’ micro tactical ground robot during a National Night Out event at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 7, 2015. The robot was part of the display EOD had for the event hosted by Soaring Heights Communities. The event was held to educate the public about all the emergency services, and featured displays by the 355th Security Forces Squadron, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron, 355th Aerospace Medical Squadron Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight and the U.S. Border Patrol. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cheyenne A. Powers/Released)

U.S. Border Patrol agent Arick Gerrish shows the son of Staff Sgt. Corey Strohmeyer, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of fire truck maintenance night vision goggles during a National Night Out event held at Davis-Monthan Air Force base, Ariz., Oct. 7, 2015. The event gave residents of Soaring Heights and anyone with base access an opportunity to meet and learn about D-M’s first responders and gain valuable information from local emergency services. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cheyenne A. Powers/Released)

U.S. Border Patrol agent Arick Gerrish shows the son of Staff Sgt. Corey Strohmeyer, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of fire truck maintenance night vision goggles during a National Night Out event held at Davis-Monthan Air Force base, Ariz., Oct. 7, 2015. The event gave residents of Soaring Heights and anyone with base access an opportunity to meet and learn about D-M’s first responders and gain valuable information from local emergency services. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cheyenne A. Powers/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Mathew Shoup, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, explains the capabilities of “Gertrude,” a F6A robot, to Chief Master Sgt. Jeremy Ravlin, 355th Fighter Wing command chief, during a National Night Out event held at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 7, 2015. This is the ninth year that D-M has participated in the event however, the event has been happening for 34 years around the world. Neighbors celebrate in 16,124 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. While most communities celebrate National Night Out on the first Tuesday in August, Soaring Heights holds its event during October due to Tucson’s extreme heat in August. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cheyenne A. Powers/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Mathew Shoup, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, explains the capabilities of “Gertrude,” a F6A robot, to Chief Master Sgt. Jeremy Ravlin, 355th Fighter Wing command chief, during a National Night Out event held at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 7, 2015. This is the ninth year that D-M has participated in the event however, the event has been happening for 34 years around the world. Neighbors celebrate in 16,124 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. While most communities celebrate National Night Out on the first Tuesday in August, Soaring Heights holds its event during October due to Tucson’s extreme heat in August. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cheyenne A. Powers/Released)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Soaring Heights Communities hosted its 9th annual National Night Out event Oct. 7, 2015. The event helped educate residents about local first emergency responders.

The event was intended to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime efforts and strengthen neighborhood spirit and security organizations.

"On base and off base organizations generously donated their time to provide demonstrations, safety tips, refreshments and more," said Amara Comeau, Soaring Heights Communities marketing and communications manager.

During the event the 355th Security Forces Squadron performed a military working dog demonstration, where Staff Sgt. Lori Lemay, 355th Security Forces Squadron MWD handler, showcased the attack capabilities of Emor, 355th SFS MWD.

The 355th Civil Engineer Squadron displayed a fire engine for children to climb into and observe. 355th CES explosive ordnance disposal technicians piloted a micro tactical ground robot around their display area to showcase its abilities. Other agencies from base who attended were 355th Aerospace Medical Squadron Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight and the U.S. Border Patrol.

"Through participation in National Night Out we are able to enhance the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community," Comeau said. "It provided a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under a positive circumstance."

This was the 9th year that D-M has participated in the event; however the event has been going on for 34 years around the world. Neighbors in 16,124 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canada, and military bases worldwide participate in this event. While most communities host the night out on the first Tuesday in August, Soaring Heights holds its event during October due to Tucson's extreme heat in August.

"We look forward to doing this every year," said Carolyn Decker, Soaring Heights Communities event coordinator. "We usually get between three to five hundred people, it's our biggest event."