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Highlights from Boots & Brews

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 Did you come out to Boots & Brews, our Armed Forces Celebration? If you didn't make it, you should definitely check out our highlight reel. 

The AB picnic area was packed with activities. After the opening ceremony with our Honor Guard, national anthem, and remarks from 628th ABW Commander Col. Marc Greene, Youth Programs kicked off the celebration with the America's Kid's  Run (sponsored by Crews Subaru). America's Kids Run began in 1986, and was created to keep kids excited about running and encourage them to make ambitious goals. Typical races were too far of a distance for children to participate, so a kid's run with shorter distances was the solution and has been popular on military bases ever since. Joint Base Charleston had runners of all ages, as well as some stroller and carrier riders, too. We even had a couple of furry, four-legged runners. Kids and parents put on their tees and bibs and got blasted with colored powder, which you can see in our Flickr album! The pictures are terrific; if you were a runner, make sure you check them out! 

Children kept busy after the run, too. The mechanical bull had steady lines and Joint Base Charleston Fire & Emergency Services had the firetruck and bounce house out for exploration and enjoyment. Texas Roadhouse had sidewalk chalk and goodies for kids. The Little White Photo Box was offering silly, photo-booth style photos for free. Even Charlie the Riverdog made it out to see us, meeting and greeting kiddos with hugs and high fives. 

Many local organizations were there to support our Joint Base Charleston community, too. The US Coast Guard was giving tours of their boats nextdoor to the  mini C-17. The Boy Scouts from Troop 484 stood ready to teach knots and show off their fun adventures. Everyone had the opportunity to view the parade float used by the US Submarine Veterans Inc. Charleston Base. The Joint Base Libraries geared up for the Summer Reading Program and Military & Family Readiness had everyone laughing with games and fun prizes. Security Forces provided an awesome K9 

Crews Chevrolet sponsored our band, Zero to Never, which made for great entertainment as you enjoyed some food and a beer. Sponsors First Command and USAA had games and goodies for all the attendees who stopped by. 

The newest addition to our celebration was the Craft Beer Tasting. People interested in the craft beer tasting were able to buy advance tickets or tickets at the door and taste up to 20 different brews. The ticket included six tastings and a commemoritive beer glass and koozie. Craft beer fans enjoyed IPAs, sours, and other brews on hand. It was a terrific opportunity to try beers from several breweries in our area.

If you attended the Craft Beer Tasting, we want to hear from you!  Please fill out our survey here:

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