Fort Hood Sentinel, 11 December 2008
Santa Claus visits 15th STB
By Sgt. Matthew Cooley, 15th Sust. Bde. PAO
“Ho, ho, ho. What do you want for Christmas little boy?” the bearded figure in the red suit asked the smiling child in his lap.
The jolly man was surrounded by the trappings of the season. A Christmas tree and stockings adorned the area and Soldiers wearing elf hats directed excited children to a buffet of assorted cookies. Merry music played in the background as Soldiers and Family members laughed and joked with each other.
The 15th Special Troops Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)’s Family Readiness Group hosted a holiday open house event at BLORA Dec. 4.
The free event, open to all Wagonmaster Soldiers and Family members, included door prizes, cookies, beverages, holiday music, stockings for the children, and a visit by Santa Claus.
“I like kids. That’s one of the reasons I agreed to do it,” Pfc. Rob Floyd, a signal support systems specialist with Co. A, 15th STB said
As Santa, Floyd, and his Soldier-elf helpers, gave the Soldiers’ children stockings stuffed with with coloring books, stickers, crazy straws, crayons, candy, and toy penguins
Attendees were invited to enter a raffle drawing for a lunch box containing a key chain, two mugs, a gift card, and pen, all marked by the 15th Sust. Bde. emblem.
In addition to Soldiers and Family members, some of the volunteers said they also enjoyed the party.
“I usually volunteer for stuff like this, I like helping out,” said Spc. Justin Cleveland, signal support systems specialist with Co. A, 15th STB.
He said FRG functions such as the the open house are important.
“It’s good for the Family because some of these guys won’t see each other all year,” Cleveland said.
Julie Grant, a 15th STB Family readiness support assistant and chief coordinator of the event, agreed.
“It’s important to share down time while we’re here because last year we weren’t here,” she said, referring to the unit’s Christmas in Iraq last year.
“Families need to bond with each other to support each other while their Soldiers are deployed in Iraq. FRG is the way to do that,” Grant said.
Col. Larry Phelps, 15th Sust. Bde. commander, announced some of the raffle winners and joked with the Soldiers and Family members.
“Just calm down,” he told the crowd just before the last prize drawing.“We haven’t got to the Mercedes just yet.”
Phelps closed the event with remarks about the unit’s deployed Soldiers.
“Keep those Soldiers who aren’t with us, and their Families, in your prayers,” Phelps asked.