Army community celebrates Schofield tree lighting

| November 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Families gather at General Loop on Schofield Barracks for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday. (U.S. Army photo by Karen A. Iwamoto, Oahu Publications)

Karen A. Iwamoto
Oahu Publications

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Hundreds of families turned out for the 2017 Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, here, on Tuesday.

They listened to live music by the 25th Infantry Division Band, enjoyed free hot chocolate and cookies provided by Island Palm Communities, and lined up to get their pictures taken with Santa.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Blue Star Berge family gathered around the podium to light the tree at the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, Tuesday at Schofield Barracks. Maj. Chris Berge, far left, is part of the 130th Engineer Battalion and was back in Hawaii on holiday leave. He is currently deployed to Saudi Arabia as an advisor to the Royal Saudi Army on an individual assignment. The Blue Star family officially lights the tree at the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, Tuesday, at Schofield Barracks. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Keith Anderson, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

The annual event, hosted by U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii and organized by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, kicks off the holiday season in a family friendly atmosphere.

Also, the winners of the annual Schofield Barracks Holiday Card Lane contest were unveiled at the Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Taking first place this year was the 3rd Brigade Combat Team’s 325th Brigade Support Battalion. The “Bronco” brigade’s card depicted a bucking bronco pulling Santa’s sleigh along a sandy Hawaiian beach.

In second place was the 249th Engineer Battalion, “Prime Power,” with its “pop up” holiday card that paid homage to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ castle logo, which on the card was painted red like the Engineer Castle on Ralston Field. That castle had been built by engineers between 1938-1941 and has come to be a symbol of Army engineers on Schofield Barracks.

Placing third was the Schofield Barracks Youth Center with its card showcasing a traditional Christmas scene, complete with a light-up Christmas tree, a toy train and stockings hanging over a fireplace.

Holiday Card Lane cards are made of 4-foot by 8-foot sheets of plywood that are decorated by various Army Hawaii units and organizations and placed on display at Schofield Barracks until Jan. 5, 2018.

The winners of the Fort Shafter Holiday Card Lane contest were announced after the Hawaii Army Weekly’s publication deadline on Thursday, at the Fort Shafter Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. The results will be published at hawaiiarmy and in an upcoming edition of the newspaper.

Upcoming holiday events
Review holiday events on p. B-2. Also, catch these holiday events coming up:
•Dec. 2 – The Honolulu City Lights start at 4 p.m. with a parade, arts and craft booths, live entertainment and children’s rides. The display remains open through Jan. 1, 2018.
•Dec. 9 – The Kapolei City Lights start at 4 p.m. with a street festival, parade, food and live entertainment. The display remains open until Jan. 1, 2018.

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