USARHAW hosts tree lightings

| December 10, 2010 | 0 Comments
Tripler Army Medical Center's holiday Christmas tree stands all aglow in its glory, Dec. 6.

Tripler Army Medical Center’s holiday Christmas tree stands all aglow in its glory, Dec. 6.

Story and Photos by Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs, News Release

HONOLULU — Since twilight, Dec. 6, Tripler Army Medical Center’s 61st annual holiday tree was filled with fun and just a touch of suspense.

Schofield Barracks hosted its tree lighting ceremony, Dec. 7, at Sills Field; and Fort Shafter held its tree lighting celebration, Dec. 9, on historic Palm Circle.

Speaking to those in attendance at TAMC, but with a message reaching out to those who are far away serving our country, Brig. Gen. Keith Gallagher, commanding general, Pacific Regional Medical Command and TAMC, began the ceremony with wishes of peace.

Brig. Gen. Keith Gallagher (left), commanding general, PRMC and TAMC, gets a little help from Abrianna Detty (center, on stage), daughter of Spc. Stephen and Amber Detty, in lighting the Tripler Army Medical Center holiday tree, Dec. 6.

Brig. Gen. Keith Gallagher (left), commanding general, PRMC and TAMC, gets a little help from Abrianna Detty (center, on stage), daughter of Spc. Stephen and Amber Detty, in lighting the Tripler Army Medical Center holiday tree, Dec. 6.

Remember, the reason we exist is to take care of Soldiers as they return from overseas, Gallagher said.

“The holiday season is a time of recharging. It is a time to be with family,” he continued. “I wish all of you a happy holiday. Be safe.”

Next on the evening’s agenda was a serenade by the Hickam Brownies of troops 275 and 712. Singing with great enthusiasm, they brought smiles to everyone’s face.

Holiday card winners were then announced. Third place went to Company A’s Wolfpack-themed card; second place went to the Department of Radiology, with a card depicting the Simpsons.

The winner of this year’s contest was the Social Work Department, with a card from Whoville.

 

Abrianna Detty, daughter of Spc. Stephen and Amber Detty, stepped forward to assist Gallagher in the lighting of the holiday tree and wasted no time pulling the candy cane lever.

“She is really excited; she can’t wait for Santa to come,” her mother said.

Soldiers, masquerading as reindeer, escort Santa Claus to the TAMC tree lighting ceremony, Dec. 6.

Soldiers, masquerading as reindeer, escort Santa Claus to the TAMC tree lighting ceremony, Dec. 6.

The Pacific Fleet Band accompanied the audience in a sing-along featuring “Jingle Bells,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and “Here Comes Santa Claus.”

But wait, where was Santa?

The expected visit by the man himself, during the last verse of the last song, didn’t happen. Instead, children were called front and center and one of Santa’s elves — in the guise of Sgt. Nathan Ikehara — read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” to those same wide-eyed children.

 

And then, like magic, reindeer appeared. But these reindeer were quite different. Clad in Army physical training attire, wearing antlers, bells and lights, the reindeer circled Oceanside Drive with a beaming Santa Claus in tow. Children erupted with delight and descend upon him, as he took to his throne.

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