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Marines, sailors, and their families attended a holiday party at the base gymnasium aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Dec. 12. Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron hosted the event for Marines, sailors, and their families to have fun during a busy time of year. The event included a holiday dinner, several contests, games, and a raffle.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Samantha Torres

H&HS celebrates holidays, promotes camaraderie

18 Dec 2015 | Lance Cpl. Samantha K. Torres Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

          Service members and their families attended a holiday party at the gymnasium aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Dec. 12.

              The event was organized by Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron to promote camaraderie and foster the holiday spirit within the unit. Due to operational tempo, and units being spread out throughout the air station, the Swamp Foxes rarely have an opportunity to come together in this type of celebration, especially with their families.

 “It’s nice to see all the families here enjoying themselves tonight,” said Lt. Col. Douglas Seich, commanding officer of H&HS. “It’s good to see everyone together.”

               The attendees catered to the young and old. Games and activities were set up for families and children to participate in, along with a dessert contest, ugly sweater contest, and a raffle. The children got a chance to meet Santa Clause and ask for their Christmas wishes during the event.

All was possible due to the tremendous effort of the volunteers to ensure the event was a pleasant and enjoyable event for all who were in attendance, said Staff Sgt. Michael Toops, watch commander with the provost marshal’s office.

               “We had a great turnout of hard working Marines and sailors that volunteered to set up the event,” said Toops. “Without them the event would have never been a success.”

               The volunteers worked different snack stations, helped set up tables and chairs, and even dressed as elves to assist Santa.

 The unit will continue to hosts events that promote unit cohesion throughout the holiday season. The leadership of H&HS also reminded everyone that the holiday celebration is not unique just to the members of the unit.

               “Thanks to all the Marines who are here tonight and remember to keep the ones who aren’t here in your thoughts,” said Seich.