FORT BENNING, Ga. (Dec. 17, 2010) - Fort Benning celebrated the holiday season with the annual tower lighting Friday at Eubanks Field.

The event, hosted by the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, included military police dog demonstrations, MCoE Band music and the 34-foot tower operations. Children and adults alike were able to glide across the 34-foot towers. The event culminated with Santa jumping from a tower and was followed by the lighting of the 250-foot tower.

Erika Jackson, an Army spouse, said it was her third time coming to Fort Benning. Jackson and her family attended previous tower lightings.

"One of the best memories we have," Jackson said, "was seeing Santa jump from the sky."
Jessica Strokeland, the military spouse of an Airborne instructor at the 1st Bn., 507th PIR, said it was her first time seeing the tower lighting.

Strokeland said she had looked forward to seeing Santa and watching the towers being lit. She also wanted her 2-year-old daughter to enjoy seeing Santa.

"She's terrified of Santa right now," Strokeland said, "but we keep trying."