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Scott AFB holds holiday tree-lighting

Staff Sgt. Joseph Tharp, 375th Operational Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, and his family take photos near the Scott Event Center tree during the Holiday Party and Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 7, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. “The most memorable moment was seeing the kids’ faces light up when Santa and Mrs. Claus walked through the door,” said Tharp.

Staff Sgt. Joseph Tharp, 375th Operational Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, and his family take photos near the Scott Event Center tree during the Holiday Party and Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 7, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. “The most memorable moment was seeing the kids’ faces light up when Santa and Mrs. Claus walked through the door,” said Tharp.

Mrs. Claus greets a group of children at the Holiday Party and Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 7, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The event also included craft stations, a youth holiday concert, treats, and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Mrs. Claus greets a group of children at the Holiday Party and Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 7, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The event also included craft stations, a youth holiday concert, treats, and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Sandy Faust, volunteer and Sam’s Club supervisor, hands out cookies during the Holiday Party and Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 7, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Off-base partners gave away over 700 treats, including cookies and muffins, to families that attended the event.

Sandy Faust, volunteer and Sam’s Club supervisor, hands out cookies during the Holiday Party and Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 7, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Off-base partners gave away over 700 treats, including cookies and muffins, to families that attended the event.

Parents crowd to take photos of the Scott Youth Center choir as they perform their holiday concert during the Holiday Party and Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 7, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. On-base and off-base organizations coordinated to pull of the event.

Parents crowd to take photos of the Scott Youth Center choir as they perform their holiday concert during the Holiday Party and Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 7, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. On-base and off-base organizations coordinated to pull of the event.

Santa and a young member of Team Scott sit for a photo during the Holiday Party and Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 7, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. During the event, the non-profit organization Trees for Troops provided free Christmas trees to families around base, ensuring all young Airmen and families of deployed service members were able to decorate for the holidays.

Santa and a young member of Team Scott sit for a photo during the Holiday Party and Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 7, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. During the event, the non-profit organization Trees for Troops provided free Christmas trees to families around base, ensuring all young Airmen and families of deployed service members were able to decorate for the holidays.

Children with the Scott Youth Center choir perform a holiday concert during the Holiday Party and Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 7, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. “This event is important because it’s the holiday time, and we want to focus not only on our direct families, but on our Air Force and military family,” said 2nd Lt. Justin Medige, 375th Communications Squadron Cyber Operations Flight commander and event coordinator. “This brings us all together to celebrate.”

Children with the Scott Youth Center choir perform a holiday concert during the Holiday Party and Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 7, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. “This event is important because it’s the holiday time, and we want to focus not only on our direct families, but on our Air Force and military family,” said 2nd Lt. Justin Medige, 375th Communications Squadron Cyber Operations Flight commander and event coordinator. “This brings us all together to celebrate.”

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Staff Sgt. Joseph Tharp, 375th Operational Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, and his family take photos near the Scott Event Center tree during the Holiday Party and Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 7, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. “The most memorable moment was seeing the kids’ faces light up when Santa and Mrs. Claus walked through the door,” said Tharp.

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