701st MUNSS celebrates Belgian-American Friendship Day

Children pet Roskoe, a French Bulldog, during the Belgian-American Friendship Day at Kleine Brogel Air Base, Belgium, June 27, 2014. Belgian and American children had opportunities to get their faces painted, play in a bouncy castle and play with Frisbees during the complementary event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

Children pet Roskoe, a French Bulldog, during the Belgian-American Friendship Day at Kleine Brogel Air Base, Belgium, June 27, 2014. Belgian and American children had opportunities to get their faces painted, play in a bouncy castle and play with Frisbees during the complementary event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Evan McLelland, a 701st Munitions Support Squadron NCO and Boynton Beach, Fla., native, holds his son, Aiden, 5, as they watch a Belgian Air Component fire truck shoot its water cannon during the Belgian-American Friendship Day at Kleine Brogel Air Base, Belgium, June 27, 2014.  The Belgian Armed Forces maintain the installation which houses the Airmen of the 701st MUNSS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Evan McLelland, a 701st Munitions Support Squadron NCO and Boynton Beach, Fla., native, holds his son, Aiden, 5, as they watch a Belgian Air Component fire truck shoot its water cannon during the Belgian-American Friendship Day at Kleine Brogel Air Base, Belgium, June 27, 2014. The Belgian Armed Forces maintain the installation which houses the Airmen of the 701st MUNSS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Ryan VanArtsdalen, 701st Munitions Support Squadron maintenance flight commander and Hillsboro, Ore., native, falls in the dunk tank during the Belgian-American Friendship Day at Kleine Brogel Air Base, Belgium, June 27, 2014. Participants had the opportunity to dunk VanArtsdalen by either throwing a softball or kicking a soccer ball at a target connected to the booth.   (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Ryan VanArtsdalen, 701st Munitions Support Squadron maintenance flight commander and Hillsboro, Ore., native, falls in the dunk tank during the Belgian-American Friendship Day at Kleine Brogel Air Base, Belgium, June 27, 2014. Participants had the opportunity to dunk VanArtsdalen by either throwing a softball or kicking a soccer ball at a target connected to the booth. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

A child watches as David Cook, American Idol-winning musician, performs on the stage during the Belgian-American Friendship Day at Kleine Brogel Air Base, Belgium, June 27, 2014. Cook performed the free concert as part of his worldwide tour sponsored by Navy Entertainment and Armed Forces Entertainment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

A child watches as David Cook, American Idol-winning musician, performs on the stage during the Belgian-American Friendship Day at Kleine Brogel Air Base, Belgium, June 27, 2014. Cook performed the free concert as part of his worldwide tour sponsored by Navy Entertainment and Armed Forces Entertainment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

KLEINE BROGEL AIR BASE, Belgium -- Gray skies and cool sleet couldn't dissuade more than 200 U.S. Air Force and Belgian Armed Forces Air Component service members and families as they celebrated the 701st Munitions Support Squadron's Belgian-American Friendship day here June 27.

The tradition dates back more than six decades - a festivity commemorating less of a specific date and more about the two countries close ties stemming from the Allied liberation of the country in World War II.

"On behalf of the 701st MUNSS, we're proud to host this celebration in recognition of more than six decades of Belgian-American partnership here at Kleine Brogel Air Base," said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Kenneth Benton, 701st MUNSS commander. "We are honored to consider you not only as our brothers- and sisters-in-arms, but as our close friends and family."

The event is a result of the larger bilateral agreement between both countries as the Americans work on the installation provided and maintained by the Belgians.

"When people hear about Kleine-Brogel, the first thing they think about is 'Americans' - we haven't known anything else," said Jean Dreesen, 701st MUNSS interpreter and assistant housing officer from Kleine-Brogel. "As a kid, I remember GIs always being around. My best friends were American kids who played on our soccer team. The Americans are a part of our lives, and their presence here is a part of us."

The event included a performance from David Cook, American Idol-winning musician.

"We are completely honored to be here and come out and make some noise for you guys," Cook said. "I'm not sure this is the taste of home you're looking for, but we're still honored to be here."

To see more photos from the event, visit the photo set at Spangdahlem's Flickr page.