• Sgt. Richard Candelario, B Company, 96th Aviation Support Battalion electronics technician carries packages out of the Task Force Destiny mailroom for delivery to Soldiers at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan on Christmas Eve. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

    You've got mail

    Sgt. Richard Candelario, B Company, 96th Aviation Support Battalion electronics technician carries packages out of the Task Force Destiny mailroom for delivery to Soldiers at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan on Christmas Eve. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt...

  • Capt. J.D. Sauer, commander, D Company, 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Tim Evans, production control officer, D, 6-101 mark equipment in the production control office near the helicopter flight line on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan on Christmas day. More senior members of the company took over day-to-day operations so that Soldiers had time to enjoy Christmas and spend time with their Families. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

    The Commander Takes Over

    Capt. J.D. Sauer, commander, D Company, 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Tim Evans, production control officer, D, 6-101 mark equipment in the production control office near the helicopter flight line on Bagram...

  • Staff Sgt. Jason Coon, avionics maintenance supervisor dances while he and1st Sgt. Brad Smith, D Company, 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, first sergeant conduct pre-combat inspections and checks prior to assuming guard duty at the helicopter flight line on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan on Christmas day. More senior members of the company took over day-to-day operations so that Soldiers had time to enjoy Christmas and spend time with their Families. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

    Excited about Guard Duty

    Staff Sgt. Jason Coon, avionics maintenance supervisor dances while he and1st Sgt. Brad Smith, D Company, 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, first sergeant conduct pre-combat inspections and checks prior to assuming guard duty at the...

  • Members of the Armed Forces never leave. The table reserved for the prisoners of war and those missing in action is a reminder to us all that some gave all and all gave some. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

    Remembering During the Holidays

    Members of the Armed Forces never leave. The table reserved for the prisoners of war and those missing in action is a reminder to us all that some gave all and all gave some. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

  • Junior Soldiers from different units enjoy a meal together at the Kolle dining facility on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan on Christmas day. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

    Comrades Become Family

    Junior Soldiers from different units enjoy a meal together at the Kolle dining facility on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan on Christmas day. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

  • Warrant Officer 1 Roberto Bonilla, all source intelligence technician, Master Sgt. James Bushner, brigade human resources noncommissioned-officer-in-charge, and Master Sgt. Korey Carter, brigade automations noncommissioned-officer-in-charge Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade pose with one of the dining facility staff during a lull in the holiday meal at the Kolle dining facility on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan Christmas day. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

    Helping Hands

    Warrant Officer 1 Roberto Bonilla, all source intelligence technician, Master Sgt. James Bushner, brigade human resources noncommissioned-officer-in-charge, and Master Sgt. Korey Carter, brigade automations noncommissioned-officer-in-charge...

  • Sgt. Troy Cunningham, property book office noncommissioned-officer-in-charge, and Staff Sgt. Nelch Princivil, mobility noncommissioned-officer-in-charge with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade get served during the holiday meal at the Kolle dining facility on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan on Christmas day. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

    Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

    Sgt. Troy Cunningham, property book office noncommissioned-officer-in-charge, and Staff Sgt. Nelch Princivil, mobility noncommissioned-officer-in-charge with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade get served during the...

  • Capt. Patricia Lipke, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade air movement request officer-in-charge peers around a fellow Soldier to see what is being served during the holiday meal at the Kolle dining facility on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan on Christmas day. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

    What's for Lunch?

    Capt. Patricia Lipke, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade air movement request officer-in-charge peers around a fellow Soldier to see what is being served during the holiday meal at the Kolle dining facility on Bagram...

  • Maj. Amanda Bryan, brigade intelligence officer and Sgt. Maj. Crystal Turner, brigade operations sergeant major serve Christmas lunch at the Kolle dining facility on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan on Christmas day. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

    The Intel Says Everything is Good

    Maj. Amanda Bryan, brigade intelligence officer and Sgt. Maj. Crystal Turner, brigade operations sergeant major serve Christmas lunch at the Kolle dining facility on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan on Christmas day. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan...

  • Spc. Dhayana Spinks, signal support systems specialist, and Pvt. 1st Class Boginskaya Battle, medical operations specialist, with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade pose for a picture after lunch at the Kolle dining facility on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan Christmas day. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

    Sisters in Arms

    Spc. Dhayana Spinks, signal support systems specialist, and Pvt. 1st Class Boginskaya Battle, medical operations specialist, with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade pose for a picture after lunch at the Kolle dining...

  • Sgt. Maj. Crystal Turner, operations sergeant major, and Lt. Col. Mark Weathers serve food at the Kolle dining facility's Christmas lunch at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan on Christmas day. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

    One Team, One Meal

    Sgt. Maj. Crystal Turner, operations sergeant major, and Lt. Col. Mark Weathers serve food at the Kolle dining facility's Christmas lunch at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan on Christmas day. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Jesse Willett, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade air space command and control noncommissioned-officer-in-charge, dances in the hallway of the 101st CAB headquarters building on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan during a Christmas-themed flash mob on Christmas morning. Willett's daughter, Emily Jean, taught him the dance prior to his deployment. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

    All He Wants to do is Dance

    Sgt. 1st Class Jesse Willett, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade air space command and control noncommissioned-officer-in-charge, dances in the hallway of the 101st CAB headquarters building on Bagram Airfield...

  • Soldiers from D Company, 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Shadow, pose with Soldiers from E, 6-101 after the 'Jingle Bell 5k' run at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan Christmas morning.  The two Soldiers from E, 6-101 ran the race in body armor. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

    A Unit that Runs Together, Stays Together

    Soldiers from D Company, 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Shadow, pose with Soldiers from E, 6-101 after the 'Jingle Bell 5k' run at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan Christmas morning. The two Soldiers from E, 6-101 ran the race in...

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    Run Hard, Hang Loose

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  • 1st Sgt. Ronald Schlangen, first sergeant, Capt. Bimi Hoxha, commander, and Sgt. Bradley Rentz, repair and upkeep noncommissioned officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade take a moment to pose for a photo after running the 'Jingle Bell 5k' run at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan Christmas morning. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

    Hard Core Hellcats

    1st Sgt. Ronald Schlangen, first sergeant, Capt. Bimi Hoxha, commander, and Sgt. Bradley Rentz, repair and upkeep noncommissioned officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade take a moment to pose for a photo after...

  • Sgt. Richard Candelario, B Company, 96th Aviation Support Battalion electronics technician carries packages out of the Task Force Destiny mailroom for delivery to Soldiers at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan on Christmas Eve. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

    You've got Mail

    Sgt. Richard Candelario, B Company, 96th Aviation Support Battalion electronics technician carries packages out of the Task Force Destiny mailroom for delivery to Soldiers at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan on Christmas Eve. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt...

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - With Christmas in full swing here in Afghanistan with the Wings of Destiny, the Soldiers are physically here, but their hearts are at home with their Families and friends. With the holidays bring many traditions some of which find their way into life even when thousands of miles separate Soldiers from their Families.
"Traditions, whether in Afghanistan or at home, whether physical or intangible, are real and they are important," said Col. Paul Bontrager, commander, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade. "They give us our humanity, they define us as individuals and Families, and they strengthen our ability to withstand adversity and difficult times.

The distance between Soldiers and their families during the holidays has always been tough to endure, especially in times of repeated deployments. In this season, the traditions that the Wings of Destiny shares with its Soldiers and Families is the bridge between worlds and a way to communicate love and togetherness in spite of the distance.

"I would like to thank you for your continued support of this great and wonderful unit," said Command Sgt. Maj. Harold Plattenberg, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade command sergeant major. "The support we have at home is an uplifting spirit that words cannot describe as we see it in the eyes of our Soldiers."

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