National Guard members and their families celebrated on base Thursday. Alaska National Guard Day is officially July 30. The legislature passed an act a few years ago declaring the day as a way to show their appreciation.

Thursday’s event included food and fun for families, as well as National Guard displays. Organizers say it’s a chance for the Air and Army Guard components, which are spread out on base, to meet up and celebrate.

“Any chance we have to come together, have a communal message, and then also just share our community with food and sundaes and some briefings and some training, it’s very worthwhile for us and it makes us all better,” said brigade Gen. Karen Mansfield, commander of the Air National Guard.

The day also featured safety-planning tips because National Guardsmen are sometimes called on as emergency responders.

“They’re the folks the community relies on if there’s an emergency,” said Mansfield. “We rely on them to be able to come in and respond to it so we’re giving them some information on family preparedness, home preparedness, things like that.”

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