Tower lighting ceremony shines bright on Fort Benning
Fort Benning Public Affairs /
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.
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.