Australian, American Soldiers share Christmas spirit in Afghanistan
December 19, 2012
MULTINATIONAL BASE TARIN KOT, Afghanistan (Dec. 19, 2012) -- More than 11 years into the war in Afghanistan, care packages continue to be a pleasant reminder that Soldiers serving at Multinational Base Tarin Kot, or MNB-TK, are remembered during the holiday season.
More than 20 organizations have adopted coalition forces at MNB-TK, sending various items from festive stockings to live Christmas trees. This has not gone unnoticed by the command group.
"It is extremely humbling that these organizations have sent gifts for our Australian and U.S. Soldiers," said Command Sgt. Maj. Jefferson Moser, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.
BevAnn Brevig, an Operation Shoebox volunteer, sent more than 1,400 Christmas stockings with food, hygiene items, pens and paper to make the troops holiday a little more cheerful.
"We are pleased to bring you these stockings in hopes to bring you some enjoyment through the holidays," said Brevig, "God bless America; God bless you and your families."
Trees-4-Branches also helped Soldiers get in the Christmas spirit when they sent live Christmas trees in memory of their Australian friends who passed.
"I am dedicating these trees to pay tribute to Australians and the service that they provide," said Dave Kohler, Trees-4-Branches volunteer.
"We are honored to accept these gifts on behalf of the men and women who serve here," said Michael Landy, regimental sergeant major warrant officer class one, 7th Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment Task Group.