Airmen and their families celebrated the unofficial end of summer with an afternoon picnic on Friday at Malmstrom Air Force Base.
"Picnics like today and other events we do here on base throughout the year, is the base's way to say thank you to the family. And thank you to the community for helping host us and participating," said Lieutenant Colonel Michael Epper, 341st Force Support Squadron commander.
It's also a time to for families to check out Security Forces vehicles, helicopters, and even fire trucks.
Booths were set up with information about different programs offered on and off base.
The Military Affairs Committee helped cook and serve food to the families to help say thanks to Malmstrom.
"Malmstrom has been doing this mission now for 60 years, with keeping us safe. Those Minuteman missiles deter the enemy every single day. So number one we need to say thanks for that. Number two the volunteers out here, we have a lot of fun with helping these folks out here," said Joe Briggs, Military Affairs Committee vice-chairman.
The picnic also allowed Malmstrom to say thank you to the next group of airmen who are scheduled to deploy this fall.