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December 24, 2006

An Armed Forces Christmas, 2006

First up - we honor those who give up Christmas...

Senior Airman Matt Hodges is assigned to the 52nd Operation Support Squadron at Spanghdahlem Air Base, Germany. He volunteered to serve through the season on Christmas Day so that his fellow air traffic controllers can enjoy some holiday fun with their families. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Szu-Moy Ruiz)

Senior Airman Matt Hodges is assigned to the 52nd Operation Support Squadron at Spanghdahlem Air Base, Germany. He volunteered to serve through the season on Christmas Day so that his fellow air traffic controllers can enjoy some holiday fun with their families. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Szu-Moy Ruiz)


Holiday spirit Photo by Sgt. Sarah Scully December 22, 2006 <br />
Soldiers at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait receive donated holiday presents.
Holiday spirit Photo by Sgt. Sarah Scully December 22, 2006
Soldiers at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait receive donated holiday presents.

Holiday spirit Photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Suzanne Day December 22, 2006 A paratrooper with the U.S. Army Golden Knights conducts a jump dressed as Santa Clause during the 9th Annual Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop at Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 16, 2006. Soldiers donate a toy in exchange for a chance to make a non-tactical parachute jump with German or Australian jumpmasters. Since its inception, the operation has collected and distributed more than 20,000 toys for families of Soldiers and for local orphanages.

Holiday spirit Photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Suzanne Day December 22, 2006
A paratrooper with the U.S. Army Golden Knights conducts a jump dressed as Santa Clause during the 9th Annual Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop at Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 16, 2006. Soldiers donate a toy in exchange for a chance to make a non-tactical parachute jump with German or Australian jumpmasters. Since its inception, the operation has collected and distributed more than 20,000 toys for families of Soldiers and for local orphanages.

Holiday lights shine from the Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) moored at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 20, 2006. Russell and other ships moored in Pearl Harbor will participate in the 2006 holiday light competition.   DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class James E. Foehl, U.S. Navy. (Released)

Holiday lights shine from the Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) moored at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 20, 2006. Russell and other ships moored in Pearl Harbor will participate in the 2006 holiday light competition. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class James E. Foehl, U.S. Navy. (Released)

061206-N-0490C-003 Arabian Sea (Dec. 6, 2006) - Clockwise, U.S. Navy Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Kevin Harper, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Anchel Klein, Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Nicole Singletary, and Ship’s Serviceman 3rd Class Christine Anderson decorate a Christmas tree aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Eisenhower is currently deployed in the Arabian Sea in support of maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Miguel Angel Contreras (RELEASED)

061206-N-0490C-003 Arabian Sea (Dec. 6, 2006) - Clockwise, U.S. Navy Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Kevin Harper, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Anchel Klein, Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Nicole Singletary, and Ship’s Serviceman 3rd Class Christine Anderson decorate a Christmas tree aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Eisenhower is currently deployed in the Arabian Sea in support of maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Miguel Angel Contreras (RELEASED)

ALI BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- Mrs. Claus (Staff Sgt. Melissa Farrell) tosses a bag of candy to an Airman who promised Santa (Lt. Col. Richard Houghton), he was good this year. Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Care Bear singers (carolers in truck behind Santa's sleigh) toured the base spreading cheer, Ho Ho Ho's and some sweet treats Christmas Eve to all servicemembers deployed here. Sergeant Farrell is in the 407th Expeditionary Services Squadron and Col. Houghton is in the 407th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Paul Dean)

ALI BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- Mrs. Claus (Staff Sgt. Melissa Farrell) tosses a bag of candy to an Airman who promised Santa (Lt. Col. Richard Houghton), he was good this year. Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Care Bear singers (carolers in truck behind Santa's sleigh) toured the base spreading cheer, Ho Ho Ho's and some sweet treats Christmas Eve to all servicemembers deployed here. Sergeant Farrell is in the 407th Expeditionary Services Squadron and Col. Houghton is in the 407th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Paul Dean)

Two-year-old William Figueroa holds up a piece of candy thrown out by Marines on a float in the Camp Kinser Christmas Parade Dec. 8.Photo by: Lance Cpl. David Rogers Photo ID: 2006121824535 Submitting Unit: MCB Camp Butler<br />
Photo Date:12/08/2006

Two-year-old William Figueroa holds up a piece of candy thrown out by Marines on a float in the Camp Kinser Christmas Parade Dec. 8. Photo by: Lance Cpl. David Rogers Photo ID: 2006121824535 Submitting Unit: MCB Camp Butler
Photo Date:12/08/2006

CHICAGO, Ill. (Dec. 5, 2003)--Coast Guard Mackinaw crew members carry christmas trees off the deck for delivery. Mackinaw came to Chicago with a load of Christmas trees for local families who would otherwise go without a tree this year. More than 1,000 trees were distributed with the help of the Salvation Army and Chicago's Christmas Ship Committee. USCG photo by PA1 Paul Roszkowski

CHICAGO, Ill. (Dec. 5, 2003)--Coast Guard Mackinaw crew members carry christmas trees off the deck for delivery. Mackinaw came to Chicago with a load of Christmas trees for local families who would otherwise go without a tree this year. More than 1,000 trees were distributed with the help of the Salvation Army and Chicago's Christmas Ship Committee. USCG photo by PA1 Paul Roszkowski

[I'm thinking the Coast Guard is getting their crew pretty young these days...]


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Comments on An Armed Forces Christmas, 2006
Cricket briefed on December 25, 2006 11:36 PM

We love this part of Christmas. For the True Believers still in childhood. Educational, harmless and totally fun.

Of course, John *sez* he and Beth are going to Donovan Family Central, but you think mebbe he wants us to find out who his and Beth's alter egos really are?

Hhhhhmmmmmmmmmmm?

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