LIFE SUPPORT AREA, Kuwait -- Sheila Casey, an honorary board member of United Service Organizations and wife of Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., toured the Life Support Area in Kuwait on Christmas Eve to greet servicemembers and spread holiday cheer.

While Gen. Casey spent time with Soldiers at nearby Camp Arifjan, Sheila Casey met volunteers at the LSA USO tent, checked out the Morale Welfare Recreation spots, and walked through the passenger customs points and terminals. Designed to sustain personnel who are in transit, the LSA is a busy desert travel hub where military personnel and civilians await their flights for Rest and Recuperation leave.

"It's nice to see the whole process," said Casey as she toured the phases of the customs and travel processes.

Sheila Casey, an advocate for military families, ate lunch with Airmen, Marines, Soldiers, and Sailors at the LSA dining facility. During the meal, she chatted with the servicemembers about winter sports and the accompanying broken bones, sports, and travel.

Sheila Casey's tour concluded with a round of caroling with Soldiers (some in Santa hats) who were awaiting their departing flights in the Freedom Yard on the LSA. In her address to the group, she thanked Soldiers for their service and dedication.

"I wish you all a safe trip home [and that] you will be surrounded by people who love you," she said, adding, "and a special thanks to your families who have sacrificed so much while all of you are away."

Leaders with the 197th Fires Brigade and the 651st Regional Support Group joined Brig. Gen. Nick Tooliatos, deputy commanding general, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, to host Sheila Casey at the LSA.

Sheila Casey's visit to the LSA was part of her and Gen. Casey's around the world holiday tour, in which the couple has been visiting servicemembers in the Central Command Area during the past week.

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