14 December 2016
Tree Lighting Kicks-Off Fort Detrick’s Holiday Season
Nick Minecci, USAG Public Affairs
Soldiers, civilians and family members gathered on Blue and Grey Field Dec. 1 for the annual installation holiday tree lighting.

As a wintry wind buffeted the crowd, the Frederick High School choir, under the direction of Ken Lewis, entertained the crowd with songs from the holiday season; followed by remarks from U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick Commanding General Maj. Gen. Barbra R. Holcomb.

After wishing everyone happy holidays and talking about the spirit of the holiday season, Holcomb gathered the children in attendance around the tree and, after counting down from three, the tree was lit to applause and cheers. The children were then surprised when, on the back of a 1939 Ahren Fox fire engine from United Steam Fire Engine Co., # 3, Santa Claus appeared with helping elves.

After talking with the children, the group then moved to the Community Activities Center for light refreshments and pictures with Santa.
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