XVIII Airborne Corps hosts holiday party
1 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Rajheem Dixon, (left) and Staff Sgt. Jessica Nassirian, both public affairs Soldiers assigned to the 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, receive and award from Roland Rochester, a volunteer for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, for most decorati... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
XVIII Airborne Corps Hosts Holiday Party
2 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers and families with the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion (rear)(provisional), XVIII Airborne Corps, compete in an ugly sweater contest during the unit's holiday party Dec. 7, 2018 at Fort Bragg, NC. The event brought soldiers and famili... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
XVIII Airborne Corps hosts holiday party
3 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers and families of the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion (rear)(provisional),XVIII Airborne Corps are playing a competitive game of bingo to win a grand prize Dec. 7, 2018 during the unit's holiday party at Fort Bragg, N.C. The event brou... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
XVIII Airborne Corps Hosts Holiday Party
4 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Single Soldiers receive gift bags from Santa Claus and volunteers with the Veterans of Foreign Wars during the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion (rear)(provisional), XVIII Airborne Corps holiday party Dec. 7, 2018, at Fort Bragg, N.C. The event... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
XVIII Airborne Corps Hosts Holiday Party
5 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Pvt. Daniel Alkana, a public affairs mass communication specialist assigned to the 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, decorates his unit's holiday themed table Dec. 7, 2018, during the XVIII Airborne Corps holiday party at Fort Bragg, N.C. The ev... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - The sound of laughter and holiday music could be heard as soon as anyone walked through the doors of passenger shed three at Pope Army Airfield, where service members and families attended the annual holiday party hosted by the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, Dec. 7, 2018

U.S. Army Maj. Timothy Middleton, host of the event and the commander of HHBN (rear)(provisional), XVIII ABC, said this party was thrown to show the care and commitment the unit strives to employ towards its Soldiers and their loved ones.

The party consisted of several competitions and activities that service members and families enjoyed.

Upon entering the party, everyone received a numbered ticket to be used for numerous raffles throughout the evening for a chance to win donated prizes. Prizes were also awarded for the winner of the chili cook-off, and for the winner of an intense game of bingo.

Everyone attending was presented with a unique opportunity to display their holiday creativity in the form of contests for the most decorative holiday table and the ugliest sweater.

Families and Soldiers brought their own homemade meals, platters and beverages to the holiday potluck.

"It made me feel welcome to my first unit, and it was a nice opportunity to establish relationships among my peers and to meet families of the community," said U.S. Army Pvt. Daniel Alkana, a public affairs mass communication specialist assigned to the 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.

Single Soldiers who attended were gifted bags full of treats and toiletries. All of the prizes and gift bags were donated by Soldiers or various military support organizations.

"I'm thankful to be here and alive taking care of soldiers," said Roland Rochester, a volunteer for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. "We do all we can to spread some cheer, because they're also here taking care of me."