• Jakob Coombes, 13, performs push-ups during the Child, Youth and School Services Spring Olympics at Fort Irwin April 9.  Coombes completed 54 push-ups.

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    Jakob Coombes, 13, performs push-ups during the Child, Youth and School Services Spring Olympics at Fort Irwin April 9. Coombes completed 54 push-ups.

  • Fort Irwin karate students demonstrate martial arts moves during the post's Children's Fitness Fair and Presidential Fitness Challenge April 9 at Army Field.

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    Fort Irwin karate students demonstrate martial arts moves during the post's Children's Fitness Fair and Presidential Fitness Challenge April 9 at Army Field.

  • Three-year-old Isabelle Fuller pets a rooster during Fort Irwin's Children's Fitness Fair and Presidential Fitness Challenge April 9 at Army Field.

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    Three-year-old Isabelle Fuller pets a rooster during Fort Irwin's Children's Fitness Fair and Presidential Fitness Challenge April 9 at Army Field.

  • Two-year-old Georgie Cook completes the tunnel crawl part of an obstacle course during Fort Irwin's Children's Fitness Fair and Presidential Fitness Challenge April 9 at Army Field.

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    Two-year-old Georgie Cook completes the tunnel crawl part of an obstacle course during Fort Irwin's Children's Fitness Fair and Presidential Fitness Challenge April 9 at Army Field.

  • Justin Lewis, 6, tries to catch bubbles coming out of bubble machines during Fort Irwin's Children's Fitness Fair and Presidential Fitness Challenge April 9 at Army Field.

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    Justin Lewis, 6, tries to catch bubbles coming out of bubble machines during Fort Irwin's Children's Fitness Fair and Presidential Fitness Challenge April 9 at Army Field.

  • Mariana Andreu, 6, slides down an inflatable bounce house during Fort Irwin's Children's Fitness Fair and Presidential Fitness Challenge April 9 at Army Field.

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    Mariana Andreu, 6, slides down an inflatable bounce house during Fort Irwin's Children's Fitness Fair and Presidential Fitness Challenge April 9 at Army Field.

  • Six-year-old Mariana Andreu jogs around Fort Irwin's multi-purpose field with her dad, Sgt. 1st Class William Andreu, Bronco Team, Operations Group, during the Child, Youth and School Services Spring Olympics April 9.

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    Six-year-old Mariana Andreu jogs around Fort Irwin's multi-purpose field with her dad, Sgt. 1st Class William Andreu, Bronco Team, Operations Group, during the Child, Youth and School Services Spring Olympics April 9.

  • Three-year-old Vincent Larson pets a goat at the petting zoo area of Fort Irwin's Children's Fitness Fair and Presidential Fitness Challenge April 9 at Army Field.

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    Three-year-old Vincent Larson pets a goat at the petting zoo area of Fort Irwin's Children's Fitness Fair and Presidential Fitness Challenge April 9 at Army Field.

The sacrifices and contributions of children to the military community were highlighted April 9 when Fort Irwin came together to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Month of the Military Child.

More than 400 community members attended three events that were held concurrently at Army Field and at the multi-purpose field - Child, Youth and School Services Spring Olympics, the Children's Fair, and the Presidential Fitness Challenge. The Spring Olympics featured athletic and sport competitions for children ages eight to 18, including running, jump rope, pushups, sit-ups, and a soccer ball kick. The Olympics kicked off with 12-year-old Derrick Farmer leading a torch run from the post headquarters building.

The Children's Fair was open to all children and included a variety of events designed to get kids moving, such as sack races and an obstacle course, as well as other activities such as a petting zoo face painting. Information on healthy eating was available, and one table provided fruit for kids to snack on.

Seven-year-old Mary Fleener had a difficult time deciding which Children's Fair activity was her favorite after completing an event that required rolling a large plastic ball across the grass at Army Field.

"I liked everything," she said. "It was fun."

Jakob Coombes, 13, participated in the Spring Olympics.

"This is only my first event so far, but I'm having fun," Coombes said after completing the pushup event.

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