MISAWA, Japan - The Joint Tactical Ground Station Soldiers stationed at Misawa Air Base in Japan participated in a fundraiser and fun day shared with the local community called "American Day."
The Soldiers of Delta Detachment, 1st Space Company manned a booth representing Arkansas and sold "Arkansas Mud Pies" for the festivities. The Soldiers and spouses baked about 400 cakes, which sold out in less than three hours raising more than $2,000 for the unit.
Spc. Keith Prater became a main attraction in a Chewbacca costume.
"He had a line wrapping around the block to get a picture with him," said Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Johnson, Delta Detachment first sergeant. "When he teamed up with Darth Vader from another unit the crowd was uncontrollable."
Other attractions for the day included a parade; demonstrations by the fire department, explosive ordnance disposal unit, and the local security forces working dogs; several cover bands, topping off with a Journey cover band called Open Arms; bounce houses; carnival games; a motorcycle rally, and more.
The local Japanese citizens also participated with several people selling cuisine and crafts.
"All in all, I have to give credit to the Soldiers of Delta Detachment, 1st Space Company for their efforts in making this event successful at our level," Johnson said. "They spent an awful lot of hours out of their time off to plan, prepare, and execute this event."