Fort Riley hosts National Night Out

By The Mercury

Fort Riley’s National Night Out will be Wednesday from 5-8:30 p.m. at Ware Elementary School on post. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be postponed to Thursday.

The event includes a free barbecue dinner, 3-on-3 basketball tournament and static displays by Fort Riley Game Wardens, Fire and Emergency Services and the Special Reaction Team (similar to a SWAT team.) Attendees can also take photos with McGruff the Crime Dog and Daren the D.A.R.E. lion.

The goal is to strengthen the relationship between the Fort Riley community and DES personnel by providing various activities in a laid-back setting.

Soldiers, family members and retirees are welcome to the community event, which is hosted by the police department with support from USO Fort Riley, Corvias Military Living and Unified School District 475 Geary County Schools.

NNO, known as “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” began in 1984 as an initiative by the National Association of Town Watch, or NATW, to bring communities together across the nation in an effort to promote crime prevention and build camaraderie. For more information about NNO, visit

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