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97 AMW Lights Up the Holidays

Members of the 97th Air Mobility Wing partake in festivities at the annual holiday tree lighting event, Nov. 29, 2018, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. The event is hosted by the 97th Force Support Squadron in order to bring members of the military community together during the holidays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cody Dowell)

Members of the 97th Air Mobility Wing partake in festivities at the annual holiday tree lighting event, Nov. 29, 2018, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. The event is hosted by the 97th Force Support Squadron in order to bring members of the military community together during the holidays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cody Dowell)

A member of the 97th Air Mobility Wing inserts a letter for Santa Claus into a mailbox during the Holiday Tree Lighting Event, Nov. 29, 2018, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. Several different actives were set up for the Airmen of the 97th AMW and their families to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cody Dowell)

A member of the 97th Air Mobility Wing inserts a letter for Santa Claus into a mailbox during the Holiday Tree Lighting Event, Nov. 29, 2018, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. Several different actives were set up for the Airmen of the 97th AMW and their families to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cody Dowell)

Members of the 97th Air Mobility Wing look at holiday cards created by several squadrons from the base during the Holiday Tree Lighting, Nov. 29, 2018, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. Each squadron makes one card that will be showcased in Wings of Freedom Park for the entire month of December. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cody Dowell

Members of the 97th Air Mobility Wing look at holiday cards created by several squadrons from the base during the Holiday Tree Lighting, Nov. 29, 2018, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. Each squadron makes one card that will be showcased in Wings of Freedom Park for the entire month of December. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cody Dowell

97th Air Mobility Wing leadership and Sami Chase, spouse of U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Austin Chase, an emergency management journeyman assigned to the 97th Civil Engineer Squadron, light the holiday tree as part of the annual Holiday Tree Lighting event, Nov. 29, 2018, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. Every year during the event a deployed member’s spouse joins the commander and command chief to light the holiday tree to honor all deployed members and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cody Dowell)

97th Air Mobility Wing leadership and Sami Chase, spouse of U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Austin Chase, an emergency management journeyman assigned to the 97th Civil Engineer Squadron, light the holiday tree as part of the annual Holiday Tree Lighting event, Nov. 29, 2018, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. Every year during the event a deployed member’s spouse joins the commander and command chief to light the holiday tree to honor all deployed members and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cody Dowell)

Members of the 97th Air Mobility Wing receive refreshments from the base chapel team, Nov. 29, 2018, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. The refreshments were provided as part of the annual Holiday Tree Lighting, which takes place at the Wings of Freedom Park. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cody Dowell)

Members of the 97th Air Mobility Wing receive refreshments from the base chapel team, Nov. 29, 2018, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. The refreshments were provided as part of the annual Holiday Tree Lighting, which takes place at the Wings of Freedom Park. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cody Dowell)

Members of the 97th Air Mobility Wing gather to greet Santa Claus, Nov. 29, 2018, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. After the holiday tree is lit, Santa Claus greets the members of the 97th AMW after arriving in a firetruck. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cody Dowell)

Members of the 97th Air Mobility Wing gather to greet Santa Claus, Nov. 29, 2018, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. After the holiday tree is lit, Santa Claus greets the members of the 97th AMW after arriving in a firetruck. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cody Dowell)

Members of the 97th Air Mobility Wing record videos of their children performing various holiday songs, Nov. 29, 2018, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. Every year children of the 97th Air Mobility Wing perform songs for the holiday tree lighting event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cody Dowell)

Members of the 97th Air Mobility Wing record videos of their children performing various holiday songs, Nov. 29, 2018, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. Every year children of the 97th Air Mobility Wing perform songs for the holiday tree lighting event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cody Dowell)

Members of the 97th Air Mobility Wing partake in festivities at the annual holiday tree lighting event, Nov. 29, 2018, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. The event is hosted by the 97th Force Support Squadron in order to bring members of the military community together during the holidays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cody Dowell)

Members of the 97th Air Mobility Wing partake in festivities at the annual holiday tree lighting event, Nov. 29, 2018, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. The event is hosted by the 97th Force Support Squadron in order to bring members of the military community together during the holidays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cody Dowell)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- On November 29th Altus AFB held its annual tree lighting ceremony. The celebration included the tree lighting, refreshments, santa and live reindeer. Not all families get to be together for the holidays, but members of the base were able to come together and support each other to kick off the holiday season.