Defenders patrol streets for Halloween

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  • By Staff Sgt. Caleb Pierce
  • 39th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
All across the world children dress up in costumes and anxiously await night fall to go door-to-door to collect tons of candy and have lots of scares on Halloween. Well, this is no different on Halloween night here at Incirlik Air Base, and our defenders make that possible.

More than 70 volunteers from the 39th Security Forces Squadron, including McGruff the Crime Dog, came together on Halloween night to patrol the streets throughout base housing, Oct. 31, for Pumpkin Patrol.

Pumpkin Patrol is an event held by security forces, and is traditional across most bases, to provide candy and glow sticks to children while maintaining a safe and secure environment for those who participate in trick or treating.

Not only does Pumpkin Patrol allow children to have an enjoyable time and get a bunch of candy, but it also helps the community and security forces members communicate and connect with the base populace.

"The mission of security forces is to protect others," said Senior Airman Jessica Varian, 39th Security Forces Squadron police services and event coordinator. "The greatest part of the event is that it is a face-to-face interaction with people in the community.  On an average day, we all do not get to see the affect of what we do and who we protect, so it's great for everyone involved to get this opportunity."

Families also appreciated and were glad to see the 39th SFS out patrolling and giving candy and glow sticks to their children.

"I think it is great," said Tech. Sgt. David Delgado, 39th Contracting Squadron noncommissioned officer in-charge of base support. "I was surprised to see them come out here, it's nice to see.  It's also a good opportunity for pictures with the (McGruff the Crime) dog and the kids. It's a great time."

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