Fort Rucker celebrates holiday season
Destiny Harvey, 7, gets some help singing along with some Christmas tunes from Santa Claus during the annual Garrison Command Christmas Luncheon at The Landing Monday.

FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Soldiers, civilians and Family members rang in the holiday season with food, contests, prizes and a visit from Santa Claus Dec. 13 at The Landing.

The annual Garrison Command Holiday Luncheon gave those who usually work during post events a chance to relax and enjoy the festivities, said Justin Mitchell, deputy garrison commander.

"There aren't many things better for the human spirit than to laugh and have fun," he said. "We work hard, and usually when everybody else is having fun we're working, which is OK, that's what we do. But this allowed us in the garrison to get together and have a good time."

Mitchell also dressed as an elf for the event so he could help Santa Claus, who made his first appearance at the annual luncheon.

"They invited me and I said I'd love to be part of it," said Santa. "I've attended events here for nine years. I love being able to be here and have fun, and especially being able to make the children happy."

Col. James Muskopf, Fort Rucker garrison commander, wished everyone a happy holiday season and thanked the garrison team for its work over the years.

"Please make this a joyful and safe holiday season," he said. "Take some time with your Families, get some rest and come back safe after exodus."

Installation and Garrison Chaplain (Col.) Stephen Cook said the event was important for the garrison because it allowed people to come together for fellowship and to see old friends.

"Sometimes people working in the garrison haven't seen each other for a long time and this is a time to renew those friendships," he said. "It gets people's minds off work for a while and really helps with the stress in the workplace."

This was the last Christmas luncheon for Cook as he plans to retire next year. He said he's enjoyed working with all those in the garrison.

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