• Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler Jr., commanding general, 412th Theater Engineer Command, wishes Happy Holidays to a Soldier and his son during the unit's Family Day-Christmas celebration at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt. Maryjane Porter)

    Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler Jr., commanding...

    Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler Jr., commanding general, 412th Theater Engineer Command, wishes Happy Holidays to a Soldier and his son during the unit's Family Day-Christmas celebration at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in...

  • Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler Jr., commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Flubacher and Chaplain Timothy Samorajski share a moment with Lt. Col. John Breland, Staff Judge Advocate Section Chief, and his family during the unit's Family Day/Christmas celebration Dec. 11, 2011 at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt. Maryjane Porter)

    Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler Jr., commander...

    Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler Jr., commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Flubacher and Chaplain Timothy Samorajski share a moment with Lt. Col. John Breland, Staff Judge Advocate Section Chief, and his family during the...

  • 412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers and family members celebrated the Holidays at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Lt. Col. Doril Sanders)

    412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers and...

    412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers and family members celebrated the Holidays at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Lt. Col. Doril Sanders)

  • Lt. Col. Steven Hardy, 412th Theater Engineer Command, celebrates Christmas during Chapel Service at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt Maryjane Porter)

    Lt. Col. Steven Hardy, 412th Theater Engineer...

    Lt. Col. Steven Hardy, 412th Theater Engineer Command, celebrates Christmas during Chapel Service at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt Maryjane Porter)

  • Master Sgt. Christopher Tillman and Sgt. 1st Class Kerry Blackman, 412th Theather Engineer Command, wait their turn to be served during the Family Day Christmas luncheon Dec. 11, 2011 at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Lt. Col. Doril Sanders)

    Master Sgt. Christopher Tillman and Sgt. 1st...

    Master Sgt. Christopher Tillman and Sgt. 1st Class Kerry Blackman, 412th Theather Engineer Command, wait their turn to be served during the Family Day Christmas luncheon Dec. 11, 2011 at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center in Vicksburg, Miss...

  • 412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers and family members celebrate the Christmas during Family Day at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt Maryjane Porter)

    412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers and...

    412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers and family members celebrate the Christmas during Family Day at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt Maryjane Porter)

  • Lt. Col. Felipe Lara Jr and Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Flubacher, 412th Theater Engineer Command, enjoy Christmas dinner during Family Day Dec. 11, 2011 at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt. Maryjane Porter)

    Lt. Col. Felipe Lara Jr and Command Sgt. Maj...

    Lt. Col. Felipe Lara Jr and Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Flubacher, 412th Theater Engineer Command, enjoy Christmas dinner during Family Day Dec. 11, 2011 at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt. Maryjane Porter)

  • 412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers and family members celebrate the Christmas during Family Day at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt Maryjane Porter)

    412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers and...

    412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers and family members celebrate the Christmas during Family Day at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt Maryjane Porter)

  • Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Flubacher, 412th Theater Engineer Command, shares his Christmas wish list with Santa during Family Day at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Lt. Col. Doril Sanders)

    Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Flubacher, 412th...

    Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Flubacher, 412th Theater Engineer Command, shares his Christmas wish list with Santa during Family Day at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Lt. Col. Doril Sanders)

  • Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler Jr, commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, celebrates Christmas during Chapel Service at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt. Maryjane Porter)

    Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler Jr, commander...

    Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler Jr, commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, celebrates Christmas during Chapel Service at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt. Maryjane Porter)

  • Col. Richard Ott, Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler Jr, commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Flubacher, and Col. Richard Mayes serve up Christmas dinner to more than 200 Soldiers and family members during Family Day at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Lt. Col. Doril Sanders)

    Col. Richard Ott, Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler...

    Col. Richard Ott, Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler Jr, commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Flubacher, and Col. Richard Mayes serve up Christmas dinner to more than 200 Soldiers and family members during Family Day at the...

  • Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler, commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, celebrates Christmas during Chapel Service at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt. Maryjane Porter)

    Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler, commander, 412th...

    Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler, commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, celebrates Christmas during Chapel Service at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt. Maryjane Porter)

  • Col. Gerald P. Coleman celebrates Christmas during Chapel Service at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt Maryjane Porter)

    Col. Gerald P. Coleman celebrates Christmas...

    Col. Gerald P. Coleman celebrates Christmas during Chapel Service at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt Maryjane Porter)

  • 412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers and family members celebrate Christmas during Family Day at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt Maryjane Porter)

    412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers and...

    412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers and family members celebrate Christmas during Family Day at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt Maryjane Porter)

  • Sgt. 1st Class Jessica Harvey, 412th Theater Engineer Command, tends to 5-month old daughter Madisyn while supervising the Christmas dinner sign-in station on Family Day Dec. 11, 2011 at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt. Maryjane Porter)

    Sgt. 1st Class Jessica Harvey, 412th Theater...

    Sgt. 1st Class Jessica Harvey, 412th Theater Engineer Command, tends to 5-month old daughter Madisyn while supervising the Christmas dinner sign-in station on Family Day Dec. 11, 2011 at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center in Vicksburg, Miss...

  • Maj. Jaime Birmingham and Lt. Col. Felipe Lara Jr, 412th Theater Engineer Command, enjoy a Christmas meal during Family Day Dec. 11, 2011 at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Lt. Col. Doril Sanders)

    Maj. Jaime Birmingham and Lt. Col. Felipe Lara...

    Maj. Jaime Birmingham and Lt. Col. Felipe Lara Jr, 412th Theater Engineer Command, enjoy a Christmas meal during Family Day Dec. 11, 2011 at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Lt. Col. Doril Sanders)

  • Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler, commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Flubacher and family members check out  the Christmas Silent Auction during Family Day at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt Maryjane Porter)

    Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler, commander, 412th...

    Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler, commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Flubacher and family members check out the Christmas Silent Auction during Family Day at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in...

  • 412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers and family members celebrate the Christmas during Chapel Service at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt Maryjane Porter)

    412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers and...

    412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers and family members celebrate the Christmas during Chapel Service at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt Maryjane Porter)

  • 412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers and family members celebrate Christmas during Chapel Service at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt Maryjane Porter)

    412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers and...

    412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers and family members celebrate Christmas during Chapel Service at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt Maryjane Porter)

  • Staff Sgt. Jason Thomas checks out the Christmas Silent Auction during Family Day at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt Maryjane Porter)

    Staff Sgt. Jason Thomas checks out the...

    Staff Sgt. Jason Thomas checks out the Christmas Silent Auction during Family Day at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt Maryjane Porter)

  • 412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers and family members celebrate the Holidays during Family Day at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt Maryjane Porter)

    412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers and...

    412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers and family members celebrate the Holidays during Family Day at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt Maryjane Porter)

  • Sgt. Casey Miller, 412th Theater Engineer Command, escorts daughter Delanie and son Holden to see Santa during the unit's Family Holiday celebration at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt Maryjane Porter)

    Sgt. Casey Miller, 412th Theater Engineer...

    Sgt. Casey Miller, 412th Theater Engineer Command, escorts daughter Delanie and son Holden to see Santa during the unit's Family Holiday celebration at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt Maryjane...

  • 412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers and family members celebrate the Christmas during Family Holiday celebration at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt Maryjane Porter)

    412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers and...

    412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers and family members celebrate the Christmas during Family Holiday celebration at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt Maryjane Porter)

  • 412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers and family members celebrate the Christmas during Family Day at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Lt. Col. Doril Sanders)

    412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers and...

    412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers and family members celebrate the Christmas during Family Day at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Lt. Col. Doril Sanders)

  • Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler Jr, commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, gives 'high five' during Christmas/Family Day celebration at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt. Maryjane Porter)

    Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler Jr, commander...

    Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler Jr, commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, gives 'high five' during Christmas/Family Day celebration at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Capt. Maryjane Porter)

  • 412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers and family members celebrate Christmas during Family Day at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Lt. Col. Doril Sanders)

    412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers and...

    412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers and family members celebrate Christmas during Family Day at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (Photo: Lt. Col. Doril Sanders)

VICKSBURG, Miss. -- The 412th Theater Engineer Command gathered to reflect, to give thanks and to celebrate the Holidays during Family Day at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center Dec. 11, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss.

The event was held in conjunction with the unit's last Battle Assembly for the calendar year.

Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler Jr, commander, 412th TEC, took the opportunity to thank the Soldiers for their endless contribution to the command's success each year. He emphasized the philosophy of 'one team, one fight' and urged everyone to always look after and take care of each other.

The 412 TEC's motto of 'Build to Serve' reinforces the importance to build strong, working relationships to better serve Country and Family.

It was also a welcoming opportunity for Soldiers from all sections to relax and catch up on each other's work, to share with Families and friends, and to reflect on the experiences of 2011 and the possibilities of 2012.

The commander also acknowledged the continued support of Family members and their outstanding job each year. "Soldiers can't do it without them," he said to an applauding audience.

And with the aroma of homecooking and surrounding Christmas decor, it was hard not to ignore the folks behind the scenes who helped made it all possible.

Col. Timothy Samorajski for the Chapel Service, Lt. Col. John Breland as organist, the Family Readiness Group for the Silent Auction, CW5 Kenneth Wiley in full gear as Santa Claus, and Staff Sgt. Cedric Douglas and the Food Service team for the great meal and the endless smiles while serving over 200 people.

Food shortage was surely not an issue, as there was plenty of it to satisfy everyone's appetite.

Douglas and his dedicated team worked long hours to make sure there was enough turkey, dressing, ham, dessert, salad and all the necessary trimmings.

Their passion and commitment to taking care of Soldiers was evident on show day.

"We've been working since Friday to make sure there are no disappointments. Yes, we work long hours but it's rewarding when you see satisfied Soldiers and Families in the end," said Douglas.

Santa Wiley added to the ambiance and patiently listened to a number of children and their share of Christmas wishes.

Sgt. Casey Miller, who brought along daughter Delanie and son Holden, said he was impressed with the turnout and appreciated the smiles and effort of everyone involved. He also recognized the cooks "for an awesome job considering the the time and energy they have to put in to make all this happen."

And in the end when the commander thanked Douglas and his team for the excellent meal, Douglas simply smiled and said it was all in a day's work. "It's our job, it's what we do, and we're happy as long as everyone's happy," he said.

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