Fort Moore celebrates holidays with Tower Lighting Ceremony

By Alexander Gago, Fort Moore Public AffairsDecember 12, 2023

FORT MOORE, Ga. − Fort Moore welcomed Santa Claus to kick off the holidays as he entertained a crowd of Soldiers, Families, and friends during the 33rd annual Airborne Tower Lighting Ceremony Dec. 8.

Fort Moore celebrates holidays with Tower Lighting Ceremony
A 250-foot airborne training tower on Eubanks Field is lit with red and green lights for the holiday season. Soldiers, Families, and friends attended the 33rd annual 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade Tower Lighting Dec. 8, 2023, at Fort Moore. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Patrick A. Albright, MCoE Photographer) VIEW ORIGINAL

Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade, hosted the event for families living on post and community members from the Chattahoochee Valley area to learn more about the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Moore.

The event featured activities, demonstrations, and displays set up around Eubanks Field for attendees to learn how Soldiers at Fort Moore do their jobs and contribute to the community.

"My favorite part was watching Santa Claus riding on the Army Jeep instead of reindeers," said Shirley Hughes, an Army and Air Force Exchange Service employee. "My daughters were so excited. [The Soldiers have] done a wonderful job."

Attendees had opportunities to experience first-hand how it feels to jump from a 34-foot tower, take photos with Santa, watch a Silver Wings parachute team demonstration, and a military working dog demonstration and more, bringing the installation and community together.

Spc. Jaden Higgins, a military working dog handler with the 904th Military Working Dog Detachment, demonstrated the teamwork between themselves and their dogs.

“We do events like this, not just in December, but throughout the year,” said Higgins. "It's just fun to get out in public and show everyone what these dogs can accomplish."

The 250-foot tower will remain lit throughout December, spreading holiday cheer throughout the installation.

More photos of the event are available in the tower lighting gallery.