• PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Crabtree (right), Command Sgt. Maj., 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), speaks with a  Soldier from Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, and his military working dog while visiting Forward Operating Base Gardez to personally wish his Soldiers a merry Christmas, Dec. 25, 2012. Command Sgt. Maj. Crabtree, along with the Commander of the 3rd BCT, Col. R.J. Lillibridge, visited four different Combat Outposts and FOBs during Christmas in hopes to help boost morale during their combat tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

    A Rakkasan Christmas

    PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Crabtree (right), Command Sgt. Maj., 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), speaks with a Soldier from Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry...

  • KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brian Boase, an intelligence chief, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stands next to two vehicles loaded with care packages about to be delivered to the Soldiers and civilians of Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Dec. 25, 2012. Boase dressed as Santa and delivered more than 200 care packages to the Soldiers and civilians of FOB Salerno for Christmas. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

    A Rakkasan Christmas

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brian Boase, an intelligence chief, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stands next to two vehicles loaded with care...

  • KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brian Boase, an intelligence chief, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), walks alongside two Soldiers who dressed as "Santa's Helpers" while they delivered care packages to the Soldier and civilians of Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Dec. 25, 2012. Boase, along with his helpers, delivered more than 200 care packages to the Soldiers and civilians of FOB Salerno for Christmas. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

    A Rakkasan Christmas

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brian Boase, an intelligence chief, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), walks alongside two Soldiers who dressed as...

  • KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - 1st Sgt. Patrick Brossman (left), senior non-commissioned officer, Headquarters Company, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stands guard in a tower while the two other Soldiers are afforded the opportunity to enjoy their Christmas lunch on Forward Operation Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Dec. 25, 2012. 1st Sgt. Brossman maintained watch alongside his son, who also is deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This is the first time the two have deployed together. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

    A Rakkasan Christmas

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - 1st Sgt. Patrick Brossman (left), senior non-commissioned officer, Headquarters Company, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stands guard in a tower...

  • KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - 1st Sgt. Patrick Brossman (far), senior non-commissioned officer, Headquarters Company, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), shows his son, Pfc. Jerry Brossman (near), an infantry team leader, assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, sectors of fire for their M240B machine gun while on tower guard at Forward Operation Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Dec. 25, 2012. The father and son tandem pulled guard so the other guards were afforded the opportunity to enjoy their Christmas lunch. 1st Sgt. Brossman has served in the Army 19 years, while his son has just reached his 19th month. This is the father and son's first deployment together. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

    A Rakkasan Christmas

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - 1st Sgt. Patrick Brossman (far), senior non-commissioned officer, Headquarters Company, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), shows his son, Pfc. Jerry...

  • KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brian Boase, an intelligence chief, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), delivers tennis balls dressed as Santa to the Military Police K-9 attachment on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Dec. 25, 2012. Boase dressed as Santa and delivered more than 200 care packages to the Soldiers and civilians of FOB Salerno for Christmas. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

    A Rakkasan Christmas

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brian Boase, an intelligence chief, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), delivers tennis balls dressed as Santa to the...

  • KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brian Boase, an intelligence chief, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), visits Soldiers from Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, after delivering care packages dressed Santa at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Dec. 25, 2012. Boase dressed as Santa and delivered more than 200 care packages to the Soldiers and civilians of FOB Salerno for Christmas. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

    A Rakkasan Christmas

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brian Boase, an intelligence chief, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), visits Soldiers from Battery A, 3rd Battalion...

  • KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Capt. Erik Alfsen, chaplain, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), sings during a concert inside the dining facility on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Dec. 25, 2012. Members of various religious support teams from Salerno participated in the concert in hopes to help boost morale for deployed Soldiers during the holiday season. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

    A Rakkasan Christmas

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Capt. Erik Alfsen, chaplain, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), sings during a concert inside the dining facility on Forward Operating Base...

  • KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brian Boase, an intelligence chief, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), dresses as Santa Clause and poses with a UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter crew chief after landing at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Dec. 25, 2012. Boase, along with his helpers, delivered more than 200 care packages to the Soldiers and civilians of FOB Salerno for Christmas while dressed as Santa. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

    A Rakkasan Christmas

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brian Boase, an intelligence chief, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), dresses as Santa Clause and poses with a UH-60...

  • KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - 1st Sgt. Patrick Brossman (left), senior non-commissioned officer, Headquarters Company, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stands guard alongside his son, Pfc. Jerry Brossman (center), an infantry team leader, assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, on Christmas day at Forward Operation Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Dec. 25, 2012. The father and son tandem pulled guard so Spc. Herbert Holmes, Company B, 626th Support Battalion, could enjoy his Christmas lunch. 1st Sgt. Brossman has served in the Army 19 years, while his son has just reached his 19th month. This is the father and son's first deployment together. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

    A Rakkasan Christmas

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - 1st Sgt. Patrick Brossman (left), senior non-commissioned officer, Headquarters Company, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stands guard alongside his...

  • KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - 1st Sgt. Patrick Brossman (left), senior non-commissioned officer, Headquarters Company, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stands guard alongside his son, Pfc. Jerry Brossman (center), an infantry team leader, assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, on Christmas day at Forward Operation Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Dec. 25, 2012. The father and son tandem pulled guard so Spc. Herbert Holmes, Company B, 626th Support Battalion, could enjoy his Christmas lunch. 1st Sgt. Brossman has served in the Army 19 years, while his son has just reached his

    A Rakkasan Christmas

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - 1st Sgt. Patrick Brossman (left), senior non-commissioned officer, Headquarters Company, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stands guard alongside his...

  • KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brian Boase, an intelligence chief, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), waves to Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, before being dropped off by a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, Dec. 25, 2012. Boase dressed as Santa and delivered more than 200 care packages to the Soldiers and civilians of FOB Salerno for Christmas. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

    A Rakkasan Christmas

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brian Boase, an intelligence chief, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), waves to Forward Operating Base Salerno...

  • PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Crabtree, Command Sgt. Maj., 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), visits Soldiers of Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, at Forward Operating Base Gardez to personally wish his Soldiers a merry Christmas, Dec. 25, 2012. Command Sgt. Maj. Crabtree, along with the Commander of the 3rd BCT, Col. R.J. Lillibridge, visited four different Combat Outposts and FOBs during Christmas in hopes to help boost morale during their combat tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

    A Rakkasan Christmas

    PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Crabtree, Command Sgt. Maj., 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), visits Soldiers of Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, at Forward...

  • KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan "  Col. R.J. Lillibridge, Commander, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), serves corn-on-the-cob to a Solider assigned to Company D, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, during a Christmas visit to Combat Outpost Tera Zeyi on Christmas day, Dec. 25, 2012. The Brigade leadership of the 3rd BCT, visited four different Combat Outposts and FOBs during Christmas in hopes to help boost morale during their combat tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

    A Rakkasan Christmas

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Col. R.J. Lillibridge, Commander, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), serves corn-on-the-cob to a Solider assigned to Company D, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, during a...

  • KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " A table full of deserts, fruits, pastries, and other lavish foods are on display for the Soldiers and civilians of Camp Clark, Afghanistan, in preparation for a Christmas Day feast, Dec. 25, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

    A Rakkasan Christmas

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " A table full of deserts, fruits, pastries, and other lavish foods are on display for the Soldiers and civilians of Camp Clark, Afghanistan, in preparation for a Christmas Day feast, Dec. 25, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt...

  • KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " A table full of deserts, fruits, pastries, and other lavish foods are on display for the Soldiers and civilians of Camp Clark, Afghanistan, in preparation for a Christmas Day feast, Dec. 25, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

    A Rakkasan Christmas

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " A table full of deserts, fruits, pastries, and other lavish foods are on display for the Soldiers and civilians of Camp Clark, Afghanistan, in preparation for a Christmas Day feast, Dec. 25, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt...

  • KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan "An angel food cake is on display at the Camp Clark, Afghanistan dining facility, Dec. 25, 2012. The facility staff began preparing for the holiday meal 4 days in advance. They offered more than 30 different types of deserts, 10 different meals, and numerous of other selections of drinks, fruits and salads. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

    A Rakkasan Christmas

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan "An angel food cake is on display at the Camp Clark, Afghanistan dining facility, Dec. 25, 2012. The facility staff began preparing for the holiday meal 4 days in advance. They offered more than 30 different types of...

  • KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Staff Sgt. Jonathon Shuskey, an infantry squad leader, assigned to Company D, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), plays a guitar on the steps of his room at Combat Outpost Tera Zeyi, Christmas night, Dec. 25, 2012. Shuskey played outside for all to hear for more than 45 minutes. His music brought a nice ring to the air as the Soldiers spent the holiday season together while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

    A Rakkasan Christmas

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Staff Sgt. Jonathon Shuskey, an infantry squad leader, assigned to Company D, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), plays a guitar on the steps...

  • KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Soldiers enjoy their Christmas-day lunch at the Camp Clark, Afghanistan dining facility, Dec. 25, 2012. The facility staff began preparing for the holiday meal 4 days in advance. They offered more than 30 different types of deserts, 10 different meals, and numerous of other selections of drinks, fruits and salads. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

    A Rakkasan Christmas

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Soldiers enjoy their Christmas-day lunch at the Camp Clark, Afghanistan dining facility, Dec. 25, 2012. The facility staff began preparing for the holiday meal 4 days in advance. They offered more than 30 different types...

  • KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Soldiers bow their heads in prayer before their Christmas-day lunch at the Camp Clark, Afghanistan dining facility, Dec. 25, 2012. The facility staff began preparing for the holiday meal 4 days in advance. They offered more than 30 different types of deserts, 10 different meals, and numerous of other selections of drinks, fruits and salads. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

    A Rakkasan Christmas

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Soldiers bow their heads in prayer before their Christmas-day lunch at the Camp Clark, Afghanistan dining facility, Dec. 25, 2012. The facility staff began preparing for the holiday meal 4 days in advance. They offered...

  • KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brian Boase, an intelligence chief, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), delivers tennis balls to a military working dog while dressed as Santa Clause at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Christmas day, Dec. 25, 2012. Boase dressed as Santa and delivered more than 200 care packages to the Soldiers and civilians of FOB Salerno for Christmas. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

    A Rakkasan Christmas

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brian Boase, an intelligence chief, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), delivers tennis balls to a military working dog...

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