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Cavalier AFS opens doors to local community

Lt. Col. John Koehler, 10th Space Warning Squadron commander, left, and Col. Rodney Lewis, 319th Air Base Wing commander, right, examine an electrical monitoring system June 11, 2016, on Cavalier Air Force Station, N.D. Community members were given the opportunity to tour the Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System during the Cavalier AFS open house. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks/Released)

Lt. Col. John Koehler, 10th Space Warning Squadron commander, left, and Col. Rodney Lewis, 319th Air Base Wing commander, right, examine an electrical monitoring system June 11, 2016, on Cavalier Air Force Station, N.D. Community members were given the opportunity to tour the Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System during the Cavalier AFS open house. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks/Released)

319th Air Base Wing leadership speaks with the crew of an UH-1N Huey helicopter June 11, 2016, on Cavalier Air Force Station, N.D. The crew belongs to the 54th Helicopter Squadron from Minot Air Force Base, N.D. They flew to Cavalier AFS to support an open house for the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks/Released)

319th Air Base Wing leadership speaks with the crew of an UH-1N Huey helicopter June 11, 2016, on Cavalier Air Force Station, N.D. The crew belongs to the 54th Helicopter Squadron from Minot Air Force Base, N.D. They flew to Cavalier AFS to support an open house for the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks/Released)

Zumba, 319th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, tears into Staff Sgt. Richard Lynn, 319th SFS military working dog trainer, June 11, 2016, on Cavalier Air Force Station, N.D. The 319th SFS MWD Unit provided a demonstration during the Cavalier AFS Open House. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks/Released)

Zumba, 319th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, tears into Staff Sgt. Richard Lynn, 319th SFS military working dog trainer, June 11, 2016, on Cavalier Air Force Station, N.D. The 319th SFS MWD Unit provided a demonstration during the Cavalier AFS Open House. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks/Released)

Leadership from the 319th Air Base Wing and 10th Space Warning Squadron walk up the exit ramp June 11, 2016, on Cavalier Air Force Station, N.D. Community members were given the opportunity to tour the Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System during the Cavalier AFS open house. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks/Released)

Leadership from the 319th Air Base Wing and 10th Space Warning Squadron walk up the exit ramp June 11, 2016, on Cavalier Air Force Station, N.D. Community members were given the opportunity to tour the Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System during the Cavalier AFS open house. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks/Released)

Combat arms instructors from the 319th Security Forces Squadron show local community members a variety of weapons June 11, 2016, on Cavalier Air Force Station, N.D. The 10th Space Warning Squadron hosted an open house to allow the community to see what the installation does on a regular basis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks/Released)

Combat arms instructors from the 319th Security Forces Squadron show local community members a variety of weapons June 11, 2016, on Cavalier Air Force Station, N.D. The 10th Space Warning Squadron hosted an open house to allow the community to see what the installation does on a regular basis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks/Released)

The 319th Air Base Wing Honor Guard presents the colors June 11, 2016, on Cavalier Air Force Station, N.D. The presentation of the colors marked the official beginning of the Cavalier AFS Open House. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks/Released)

The 319th Air Base Wing Honor Guard presents the colors June 11, 2016, on Cavalier Air Force Station, N.D. The presentation of the colors marked the official beginning of the Cavalier AFS Open House. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks/Released)

CAVALIER AIR FORCE STATION, N.D. --

The 10th Space Warning Squadron hosted an open house June 11, 2016, on Cavalier Air Force Station, North Dakota.

Members of the surrounding communities were given the opportunity to tour the facility and participate in activities hosted by a variety of units.

“Our ability to open our doors and show the surrounding community what Cavalier Air Force Station does helps solidify the relationship we already work at cultivating every day,” said Tech. Sgt. Richard Swank, 10th SWS security forces operations NCO-in-charge.

The 319th Security Force Squadron from Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota, provided a military working dog demonstration and weapons display. The United States Customs and Border Protection brought a helicopter and all-terrain vehicles. Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, provided a UH-1N Huey from the 54th Helicopter Squadron and provided an explosive ordnance disposal demonstration courtesy of the 5th Civil Engineer Squadron.

Community support is a vital part of a successful military base.

“Cavalier, Walhalla, Mountain, Langdon, Edinburg, and Park River provide invaluable support to our people, which helps us accomplish our mission,” said Swank. “This is a small gesture to show our gratitude for their support.”