Humphreys kicks off holiday season
Santa Claus waves to the crowd after arriving on a fire truck during the Camp Humphreys Community Tree Lighting in Transformation Park on Dec. 5. Besides Santa and the bagful of treats he arrived with, the event included a lighting of the centerpiece tree and trees from various units that were entered into a competition. The winning tree was decorated by Soldiers and Families of the 532nd Military Intelligence Battalion. There was also a baked goods contest, which was won by Christy Talbot. Following the tree lighting, the event moved the Community Activity Center for a holiday program featuring carols and a reading from a Charles Dickens novel. The holiday season remains in full swing Dec. 10-11, with free photos with Santa Claus at the Alaska Mining from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. both days. " U.S. Army photo by W. Wayne Marlow

CAMP HUMPHREYS - The holiday season got off to its bright, official start here during the Community Tree Lighting Dec. 5.

"This is a very important event in our community and I want to wish each of you a happy holiday season," said Command Sgt. Maj. Spencer L. Gray, United States Army Garrison Humphreys senior enlisted Soldier.

In addition to the large tree that served as the centerpiece of the event at Transformation Park, smaller trees from various units brightened the winding sidewalk. The trees weren't only for decoration, but were also part of a competition.

The winning trees received funds deposited into unit accounts. Taking first place and the $500 prize was the 532nd Military Intelligence Battalion tree. In second place was the 4th-2nd Aviation Battalion. Taking third was the 3rd-2nd Aviation Battalion, followed by the 194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and the 458th Airfield Operations Battalion.

"Thanks to the units and organizations that decorated the trees," said Col. Joseph P. Moore, United States Army Garrison Humphreys commander.

The festive crowd grew even more animated with the arrival of Santa Claus, who came in on a fire truck and proceeded to toss candy to appreciative youngsters.

As the temperature dropped, the event moved to the Community Activity Center for a holiday program and treats.

Christy Talbot submitted the winning entry in the holiday treats competition and won a $75 commissary gift certificate. In second place was Lauren Quackenbush, followed by Holly Hannum.

Attendees were also treated to an evening of holiday music and a recitation of part of a Charles Dickens novel. Songs from the program were "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" by the Girl Scout Daisies; "Jingle Bells" by the Girl Scout Brownies; "Deck the Halls" by the Girl Scout Juniors," "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" by the Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors; and five selections by the Humphreys American Middle School Band.

The holiday season remains in full swing Dec. 10-11, with free photos with Santa Claus at the Alaska Mining Company restaurant from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. both days.

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