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Andersen holds annual Freedom Fest celebration

The 36th Force Support Squadron serve free hot dogs, hanbugers, and chips during Freedom Fest at Arc Light Park here July 3. Freedom Fest is hosted by the 36th Force Support Squadron and held annually to recognize and celebrate our Independence Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nichelle Griffiths)

The 36th Force Support Squadron serve free hot dogs, hambugers, and chips during Freedom Fest at Arc Light Park here July 3. Freedom Fest is hosted by the 36th Force Support Squadron and held annually to recognize and celebrate our Independence Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nichelle Griffiths)

People from around the base line up to buy a frozen treat from the ice cream man during freedom fest at Arc Light Park here July 3. Freedom Fest is hosted by the 36th Force Support Squadron and held annually to recognize and celebrate our Independence Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nichelle Griffiths)

People from around the base line up to buy a frozen treat from the ice cream man during Freedom Fest at Arc Light Park here July 3. Freedom Fest is hosted by the 36th Force Support Squadron and held annually to recognize and celebrate our Independence Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nichelle Griffiths)

Brenden Paradis slides down the inflatable water slide into a pool or water during Freedom Fest at Arc Light Park here July 3. The water slide was one of many activities for the children to enjoy at Freedom Fest. Freedom Fest is hosted by the 36th Force Support Squadron and held annually to recognize and celebrate our Independence Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nichelle Griffiths)

Brenden Paradis slides down the inflatable water slide into a pool or water during Freedom Fest at Arc Light Park here July 3. The water slide was one of many activities for the children to enjoy at Freedom Fest. Freedom Fest is hosted by the 36th Force Support Squadron and held annually to recognize and celebrate our Independence Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nichelle Griffiths)

Shalon Royer and son Jaelin Royer make necklaces at one of the many arts and crafts stations during Freedom Fest at Arc Light Park here July 3. Freedom Fest is hosted by the 36th Force Support Squadron and held annually to recognize and celebrate our Independence Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nichelle Griffiths)

Shalon Royer and son Jaelin Royer make necklaces at one of the many arts and crafts stations during Freedom Fest at Arc Light Park here July 3. Freedom Fest is hosted by the 36th Force Support Squadron and held annually to recognize and celebrate our Independence Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nichelle Griffiths)

Joe Radosevich of the 36th Munitions Squadron, introduces 13 month old son Hadyn to horses during Freedom Fest at Arc Light Park here July 3. Freedom Fest is hosted by the 36th Force Support Squadron and held annually to recognize and celebrate our Independence Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nichelle Griffiths)

Staff Sgt. Joe Radosevich of the 36th Munitions Squadron, introduces 13 month old son Hadyn to horses during Freedom Fest at Arc Light Park here July 3. Freedom Fest is hosted by the 36th Force Support Squadron and held annually to recognize and celebrate our Independence Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nichelle Griffiths)

Linda McClung, wife of TSgt Lewis McClung of the 734th Air Mobility Squadron and William Loahan of the 36th Medical Group won the grand prize trips for two to Cairnas, Australia and Palau during Freedom Fest at Arc Light Park here July 3. Freedom Fest is hosted by the 36th Force Support Squadron and held annually to recognize and celebrate our Independence Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nichelle Griffiths)

Linda McClung, wife of Tech. Sgt. Lewis McClung of the 734th Air Mobility Squadron and Capt. William Lujan of the 36th Medical Group won the grand prize trips for two to Cairns, Australia, and Palau during Freedom Fest at Arc Light Park here July 3. Freedom Fest is hosted by the 36th Force Support Squadron and held annually to recognize and celebrate our Independence Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nichelle Griffiths)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Team Andersen celebrated Independence Day one day early this year, July 3, during the annual Freedom Festival held from 3 to 6 p.m. at Arc Light Park. Nearly a thousand Team Andersen residents and their families took part in the festivities that were provided by the 36th Force Support Squadron. 

Everyone enjoyed a perfect afternoon filled with lots of fun, food and entertainment. The Top of the Rock and Magellan Inn Dining Facility staffs worked non-stop, grilling more than 1,000 hot dogs and 1,000 hamburgers for the hungry crowd. 

Some children cooled off on the popular water slide, while others headed for the bouncy castle and the other activities that included ring toss, hula hoop, face painting, hair spraying and craft tables. The highlight of the youth activities was the free horseback rides. Three very accommodating and even-tempered horses provided kids the opportunity to ride a horse. For many of them, it was their first equine experience and they enjoyed every minute of it.

Entertainment was provided by the band "The Electric Boonie Dogs," playing some great nostalgic rock music from groups such as the Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival and many more of the groups you either grew up with, or your parents told you about.

The day was highlighted by more than $10,000 in prize drawings conducted throughout the afternoon. The 36th Force Support Squadron Marketing Office gave away iPods, digital cameras, karaoke systems, music system, tons of gift certificates and even an Xbox. The highly anticipated Grand Prize drawings for roundtrip airfare for two to Cairns, Australia and Palau were held at the conclusion of the event. Linda McClung, spouse of Tech. Sgt. Lewis McClung of the 734th Air Mobility Squadron, was the lucky winner of the Australia tickets, while Capt. William Lujan from the 36th Medical Group won tickets to Palau.

Also, debuting at this event, was "The Ice Cream Truck," serving up great ice cream and other frosty treats for both youth and adults. The Ice Cream Truck will be making its rounds in base housing Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons starting in a couple weeks so keep your ears open for the familiar sound of music signaling the ice cream man is in your neighborhood.

As always, this event couldn't have happened without the hard work of many 36th Force Support Squadron personnel and volunteers, and our sponsors who provided all the prizes for this fun event.