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Military Ocean Terminal Concord partners with local law enforcement for National Night Out.

In a recent partnership with area law enforcement, Soldiers and emergency personnel at Military Ocean Terminal Concord, Calif., helped show that an alert neighborhood is the first step in detecting and preventing crime, even on or near a military installation.

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Soldiers and emergency personnel from MOTCO helped the citizens of Clyde, Calif. enjoy their National Night Out Aug. 3. The National Night Out is an annual event in which communities partner with local law enforcement to create an atmosphere of cooperation in fighting crime.

MOTCO's Office of Emergency Services brought a fire truck and crew and police vehicle and crew to the event as a symbol of their continuing support to the community and to help generate awareness for Antiterrorism Month.

August is the Army's Antiterrorism Awareness month, and MOTCO personnel introduced the Army's iWatch program as a way for citizens of Clyde to get involved and help combat potential threats to the installation and its personnel.

MOTCO also provides assistance to local communities through their mutual aid agreement. For example, the terminal's firefighters responded to a potentially devastating house fire in Clyde two years ago. The firefighters extinguished the fire and prevented it from spreading to adjacent homes.

In addition to the crews of the two vehicles, 15 personnel from the Department of the Army Civilian Police and MOTCO's fire stations voluntarily attended to show support for the event.

MOTCO's Director of Emergency Services personnel created pamphlets, posters and bookmarks to teach Clyde's citizens how to spot and report suspicious activities. This will help protect both the community and MOTCO from dangerous people and activities.

"In the end, the most important thing is that we reaffirmed our commitment to them under the mutual aid agreement with the county," said Lt. Col. Chris Hart, commander, 834th Trans. Bn. "They, in turn, were receptive to the iWatch program and pledged to help us whenever possible."

According to Clyde community leadership, National Night Out was the community's first partnership with MOTCO in at least ten years and helped citizens and Soldiers alike get to know each other as more than just the people on the other side of the fence.

"What we found was that Clyde residents are largely supportive of the military and our presence here," said Hart. "All in all, it was a great event that will reap benefits for MOTCO for the foreseeable future."

By Erik Johnson

SDDC Command Affairs

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Date:Sep 22, 2010
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