December 18, 2008
Troops enjoy Christmas party
Members of Detachment 1, Company A, 2/198 Combat Arms Batallion were given Christmas with all the trimmings December 7 at the National Guard Armory in Holly Springs.
About 40 military troops and their loved ones were fed a delicious turkey and dressing dinner prepared by Sheriff Kenny Dickerson and his staff. Ronnie and Brenda Luther with the Clydesdale Christmas Store footed the bill and numbers of volunteers, including the men and women of the Collins-Hurdle VFW Post 5697, helped serve lunch.
Captain James A. Clark and Commander John Beasley with the 198th CAB were in attendance, along with Holly Springs Mayor Andre’ DeBerry, Santa, the Memphis Redbird, and David Breithaupt, who assisted children with table games.
The 2-198th CAB is expected to deploy to Iraq sometime in the spring of 2009. After lunch Santa was dropped in by helicopter, piloted by Chuck Thomas; and after listening to children’s Christmas wishes and handing out gifts, Santa was whisked back north by helicopter to the North Pole to get toys and gifts ready for delivery to all the kids of the world by December 25.
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