Holidays with the Air Force
Retired fighter pilot Jay Waitte looks back to past year’s holidays with the Air Force family:
This is a rough year for the Holidays. By being forced to social distance, we lose the chance to celebrate with members of our personal and military families. But here are some past moments that will help remind us of the spirit of the season as we look forward to better and safer days.
(Photos courtesy of the United States Air Force)
Staff Sgt. Sarah Meadows, a 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, writes a holiday greeting on a box of humanitarian aid during Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.
The missions carry on this tradition of international goodwill after nearly seven decades and more than one million pounds of charitable goods delivered. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Brooks, 2019)
These bags of holiday cookies are destined for single servicemembers living in the dormitories on Vogelweh Military Complex and Ramstein Air Base.
Chaplain (Capt.) Andrew Cohen leads the Sabbath evening worship during the sixth day of Hanukkah at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. Chaplain Cohen is a rabbi with the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing Chapel. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jason Epley, 2008)
Santa Claus waves from a C-130 Hercules as it taxis along the flight line at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Santa, aka Lt. Col. Lance Avery, assistant director of operations, made the early visit to the base for the 62nd Airlift Squadron children's holiday party. (2009)