Night Stalkers host family safety day

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FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (Sine Pari, June 17, 2008) – Hundreds of Night Stalkers and their families braved the heat to attend the annual unit Family Safety Day event at Fort Campbell, Ky., June 12.

“We had a great turnout despite hot weather,” said Chief Warrant Officer Four Michael Tucker, the regiment safety officer. “This event has developed a reputation in the unit as being fun for everyone and more and more people take advantage of the day each year.”

The day was designed to provide an educational opportunity with a great deal of fun for attendees of all ages. Safety exhibits were chosen based off accident trends the unit has noticed over the previous 12 months.

“Safety stand down days are an opportunity for units to educate the troops on safety precautions and considerations,” said Sgt. 1st Class Lance Hoffman, the regiment safety non-commissioned officer, who plays a large role in the planning and execution of this event every year.

“Such events demonstrate the importance of safety in our everyday lives, both on and off duty,” he explained. “You cannot underestimate the importance of safety in everything we do. The health and well-being of our Soldiers and their Families depend on it.”

Exhibits included fire safety, power line safety, hunting safety, driving safety and drug prevention.

Sgt. Patrick Falkinburg was on hand with the Tennessee National Guard Drug Prevention Trailer. He said the display is designed to help parents be aware of what threats are facing their children today.

“Drugs are different today than when we were young,” he explained. In the trailer, parents could ask what the different items are and how they were being used by people in all age groups.

“Parents will have a clue of what to look for,” said Falkinburg. “They (gain) an understanding (that it’s) not just the latest craze…it could be something else.”

The trailer also provided an opportunity for parents to show their children how to identify different drugs and paraphernalia through numerous display cases of items that had been confiscated during drug operations and photos illustrating the effects of drug use.

There were also several entertainment options, including inflatable bouncies and water stations. Children received wrist bands for completing safety training which gained them access to these areas.

The unit documents the day into a DVD for distribution to families that were unable to attend in order to share the safety message as widely as possible.

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A teenager learns about the dangers of driving under the influence by wearing goggles that simulate vision after consuming alcohol and driving a golf cart through a designated route. This was part of a Montgomery Country Sherriff's Office traffic safety demonstration during the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment Family Safety Day at Fort Campbell, Ky., June 12, 2008. (Photo by Kimberly T. Laudano, 160th SOAR Public Affairs)
 
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