Tower lighting ceremony shines bright on Fort Benning

2016 Airborne Tower Lighting ceremony on Eubanks Field (Photo by: Patrick A. Albright/MCoE photographer)

2016 Airborne Tower Lighting ceremony Dec. 9 on Eubanks Field (Photos by: Patrick A. Albright/MCoE photographer)

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Santa Claus dropped by Eubanks Field Dec. 9 to wish the Fort Benning and Columbus-area community Happy Holidays! (Photo by: Patrick A. Albright/MCoE photographer)

Santa Claus dropped into Eubanks Field Dec. 9 to wish the Fort Benning community Happy Holidays!

FORT BENNING, Ga. — Santa Claus “dropped” into Eubanks Field by way of a UH-60 helicopter Dec. 9 to visit with the Fort Benning community and watch the annual Airborne Tower lighting ceremony — a sure sign the holiday season season is in full swing.

2016 Airborne Tower Lighting ceremony on Eubanks Field (Photo by: Patrick A. Albright/MCoE photographer)

250-foot Airborne Tower decorated in holiday lights.

The 1st Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment sponsored the traditional 250-foot tower lighting event along with many other holiday activities throughout the evening to include photos with Santa, a military working dog demonstration, and a Stryker and Bradley Fighting Vehicle static display.

The Fort Benning Department of Emergency Services provided a Santa Claus escort convoy that included a military police vehicle, a fire truck and an ambulance along with the accompanying support personnel.

Additionally, adults and kids tested their airborne skills by jumping from a 34-foot training tower to simulate a parachute drop, while other patrons enjoyed the festive holiday tunes courtesy of the Maneuver Center of Excellence award-winning band.

Adults and kids alike got a chance to earn their  

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