HomeNewsroomArticle Display

FSS hosts Christmas tree lighting

Children from the Child Development Center sing Christmas carols for the annual tree lighting ceremony at the parade field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Dec. 1, 2016. The event also featured a visit from Santa Claus. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Children from the Child Development Center sing Christmas carols for the annual tree lighting ceremony at the parade field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Dec. 1, 2016. The event also featured a visit from Santa Claus. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Jingle All the Way 5k participants begin running at the Taylor Chapel on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Dec. 1, 2016. The run brought our 385 people and was the kick-off to the annual tree lighting ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Jingle All the Way 5k participants begin running at the Taylor Chapel on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Dec. 1, 2016. The run brought our 385 people and was the kick-off to the annual tree lighting ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, Chief Master Sgt. Bobbie Riensche, 17th TRW command chief, Airman 1st Class Jake Lucero, 17th Contracting Squadron contract administrator, and the Whitman family light up the Christmas tree at the parade field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Dec. 1, 2016. Lucero lit the tree because he helped secure the contract to get it and the Whitman family participated because one of their family members is currently deployed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, Chief Master Sgt. Bobbie Riensche, 17th TRW command chief, Airman 1st Class Jake Lucero, 17th Contracting Squadron contract administrator, and the Whitman family light up the Christmas tree at the parade field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Dec. 1, 2016. Lucero lit the tree because he helped secure the contract to get it and the Whitman family participated because one of their family members is currently deployed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The 17th Force Support Squadron hosted its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the parade field Dec. 1.

The event kicked-off with a Jingle All the Way 5k, which 385 runners came out to support.

“Events like this help strengthen morale,” said Staff Sgt. Kimberly Hacker, 17th Training Group students transitions NCO. “Goodfellow is such a small, little base that it is great to see all the different organizations and services out here together to enjoy the holidays.”

After the run, the Child Development Center children sang holiday songs and snacked on hot cocoa and cookies.

“We do this to kick-off the holiday season and to remind us that there is something more than school and work all the time,” said Shandy Scott, 17th Force Support Squadron events coordinator. “We are here to enjoy each other and our families.”

To wrap up the night, Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, Airman 1st Class Jake Lucero, 17th Contracting Squadron contract administrator, and the Whitman family, lit the Christmas tree. Lucero helped with the ceremony because he helped secure the contract to get it and the Whitman family participated because one of their family members is currently deployed.