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Patrick Atkins and his son Thomas, 4, enjoy a carnival ride at the Bayonet Brigade Blowout in Baumholder, Germany, Friday. Recently back from Afghanistan, the Baumholder-based 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team celebrated in style with kids activities, food, drinks, free rides and evening concerts by Taking Back Sunday and Nicole Frechette. Atkins, is a specialist with 3rd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment.
Patrick Atkins and his son Thomas, 4, enjoy a carnival ride at the Bayonet Brigade Blowout in Baumholder, Germany, Friday. Recently back from Afghanistan, the Baumholder-based 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team celebrated in style with kids activities, food, drinks, free rides and evening concerts by Taking Back Sunday and Nicole Frechette. Atkins, is a specialist with 3rd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
Patrick Atkins and his son Thomas, 4, enjoy a carnival ride at the Bayonet Brigade Blowout in Baumholder, Germany, Friday. Recently back from Afghanistan, the Baumholder-based 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team celebrated in style with kids activities, food, drinks, free rides and evening concerts by Taking Back Sunday and Nicole Frechette. Atkins, is a specialist with 3rd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment.
Patrick Atkins and his son Thomas, 4, enjoy a carnival ride at the Bayonet Brigade Blowout in Baumholder, Germany, Friday. Recently back from Afghanistan, the Baumholder-based 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team celebrated in style with kids activities, food, drinks, free rides and evening concerts by Taking Back Sunday and Nicole Frechette. Atkins, is a specialist with 3rd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
Dakota McCarty, 3, gets down on the dance floor with Darth Vader at the Bayonet Brigade Blowout in Baumholder, Germany, Friday. Recently back from Afghanistan, the Baumholder-based 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team celebrated in style with kids activities, food, drinks, free rides and evening concerts by Taking Back Sunday and Nicole Frechette. Darth was one of many "Star Wars" characters posing for photos at the bash.
Dakota McCarty, 3, gets down on the dance floor with Darth Vader at the Bayonet Brigade Blowout in Baumholder, Germany, Friday. Recently back from Afghanistan, the Baumholder-based 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team celebrated in style with kids activities, food, drinks, free rides and evening concerts by Taking Back Sunday and Nicole Frechette. Darth was one of many "Star Wars" characters posing for photos at the bash. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
Keyshana Richard, 8, is happy with her face-painting done by Sabine Guggemos, left, at the Bayonet Brigade Blowout in Baumholder, Germany, Friday. Recently back from Afghanistan, the Baumholder-based 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team celebrated in style with kids activities, food, drinks, free rides and evening concerts by Taking Back Sunday and Nicole Frechette.
Keyshana Richard, 8, is happy with her face-painting done by Sabine Guggemos, left, at the Bayonet Brigade Blowout in Baumholder, Germany, Friday. Recently back from Afghanistan, the Baumholder-based 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team celebrated in style with kids activities, food, drinks, free rides and evening concerts by Taking Back Sunday and Nicole Frechette. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
Not even a steady afternoon drizzle could spoil the fun at the Bayonet Brigade Blowout in Baumholder, Germany, Friday. Recently back from Afghanistan, the Baumholder-based 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team celebrated in style with kids activities, food, drinks, free rides and evening concerts by Taking Back Sunday and Nicole Frechette.
Not even a steady afternoon drizzle could spoil the fun at the Bayonet Brigade Blowout in Baumholder, Germany, Friday. Recently back from Afghanistan, the Baumholder-based 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team celebrated in style with kids activities, food, drinks, free rides and evening concerts by Taking Back Sunday and Nicole Frechette. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
The lines were long for rides and food, and not even a steady afternoon drizzle could spoil the fun at the Bayonet Brigade Blowout in Baumholder, Germany, Friday. Recently back from Afghanistan, the Baumholder-based 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team celebrated in style with kids activities, food, drinks, free rides and evening concerts by Taking Back Sunday and Nicole Frechette.
The lines were long for rides and food, and not even a steady afternoon drizzle could spoil the fun at the Bayonet Brigade Blowout in Baumholder, Germany, Friday. Recently back from Afghanistan, the Baumholder-based 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team celebrated in style with kids activities, food, drinks, free rides and evening concerts by Taking Back Sunday and Nicole Frechette. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
The Bumper cars were full and fun at the Bayonet Brigade Blowout in Baumholder, Germany, Friday. Recently back from Afghanistan, the Baumholder-based 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team celebrated in style with kids activities, food, drinks, free rides and evening concerts by Taking Back Sunday and Nicole Frechette.
The Bumper cars were full and fun at the Bayonet Brigade Blowout in Baumholder, Germany, Friday. Recently back from Afghanistan, the Baumholder-based 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team celebrated in style with kids activities, food, drinks, free rides and evening concerts by Taking Back Sunday and Nicole Frechette. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

BAUMHOLDER, Germany — Recently back from Afghanistan, the Baumholder, Germany-based 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team celebrated in style at the Bayonet Brigade Blowout, Friday, with kids’ activities, food, drinks, free rides and evening concerts by Taking Back Sunday and Nicole Frechette.

Intermittent rain that turned into a steady midafternoon drizzle did not do much to dampen the party spirit. Participants — protected by umbrellas — stood in long lines for food and rides, or took their turn at karaoke in the fest tent.

The brigade — one of two combat brigades that will depart Germany as part of a larger military restructuring — is scheduled to inactivate in October.

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