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Back to School Brigade prepares MHAFB families

Backpacks filled with back to school supplies line the floor of the Youth Center at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Aug. 4, 2018. 200 backpacks were packed with supplies and handed out to school age military children.

Backpacks filled with back to school supplies line the floor of the Youth Center at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Aug. 4, 2018. 200 backpacks were packed with supplies and handed out to school age military children. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy L. Mosier)

A child receives information from a Bureau of Land Management representative during the Back to School Brigade Aug. 4, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The Back to School Brigade event provided backpacks filled with supplies to 200 military children.

A child receives information from a Bureau of Land Management representative during the Back to School Brigade Aug. 4, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The Back to School Brigade event provided backpacks filled with supplies to 200 military children. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy L. Mosier)

Children shut off an oven during a fire safety training Aug. 4, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The base firefighters brought their fire prevention trailer to teach children and families what to do during kitchen and bedroom fires.

Children shut off an oven during a fire safety training Aug. 4, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The base firefighters brought their fire prevention trailer to teach children and families what to do during kitchen and bedroom fires. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy L. Mosier)

A child poses for a photo with her certificate after completing the bicycle safety course Aug. 4, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The bicycle safety course gave children the opportunity to practice handsignals and that they should walk their bikes across the road when using a crosswalk.

A child poses for a photo with her certificate after completing the bicycle safety course Aug. 4, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The bicycle safety course gave children the opportunity to practice handsignals and that they should walk their bikes across the road when using a crosswalk. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy L. Mosier)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Service members and their families gathered at the base youth center for the Back to School Brigade hosted by the Airman and Family Readiness Center, August 4, 2018.

The event provided military families school supplies, information on afterschool programs and other educational and family support opportunities around the area. 

"The appreciation and support for our military community by our civilian communities all over Idaho is awesome," said Allen Niksich, 366th Fighter Wing school liaison officer. "Their appreciation is definitely represented in the massive amounts of school supplies we received."

Organizations from across the state of Idaho teamed up with the base and Operation Homefront to pull their resources together and support more than 200 military children this year.

"The added help for school supplies is a huge deal for us," said Alexis Baumgartner, military spouse. "My kids love a chance to see how to interact with the community and get outdoors, they loved the (Bureau of Land Management) table."

After receiving school supplies, children tested their knowledge of fire safety and their ability to navigate through a bicycle safety course hosted by on-base personnel. 

The event also provided an opportunity for service members and spouses, community members and retirees to give back to children and ensure their readiness for school.

"It's not so much about the stuff they get, it's about the feeling that the community supports them and appreciates what they are doing for our nation," said Sara Rizzo, Operation Homefront area manager and military spouse. "It's a heartfelt thing to give back to the community that you are a part of."


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