Retired Army Lt. Gen. Joseph E. DeFrancisco (background), Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, Virginia North, speaks to other guests during Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall holiday reception at the Fort Myer Officers Club Dec. 12. In the foreground, JBM-HH Command Sgt. Maj. Earlene Y. Lavender (right) talks with JBM--HH Deputy Installation Chap. (Maj.) Gerald Jacobs (center) and his wife Jennifer Jacobs at the gathering.

Joint Base Commander Col. Fern O. Sumpter hosted community guests from Arlington County and Washington D.C. at a holiday reception at the Fort Myer Officers Club Dec. 12 to celebrate the season. Guests representing the municipal governments, area businesses, and civic and service organizations were greeted, as they entered the club, by a festive array of holiday lights, Christmas trees and glittering ornaments.

Department of Defense leaders and partners were also in attendance, including the commander of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command, Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter and his wife, Margie, and Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, Virginia North, retired Army Lt. Gen. Joseph E. DeFrancisco and his wife, Lynne. Even Santa Claus made an appearance.

Sumpter toasted her guests thanking them for their attendance and asking them to remember our service men and women, as well as their children, over the holidays. "Keep them in your hearts and prayers," she said. "Where you can, if you can make a difference, make sure a child experiences the magic of the season."

One guest, Janell Hancock, with Dominion Virginia Power, made the trip from Richmond, Va., for the event. "I just had to be here," she said. "I always come for business during the day. I had to see the installation and the club at night -- all decorated for the holidays." She concluded by saying she was overwhelmed "by the overall splendor."

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