Saturday, December 25, 2010

Cpl. Wesley Carpenter, Chief Scout Echo 3LAR

Christmas cheer flows through Camp Leatherneck

Regional Command Southwest

Date: 12.25.2010
Posted: 12.25.2010 05:50
News ID: 62589
Christmas cheer flows through Camp Leatherneck CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Singers from the Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps sang Christmas carols for recovering service members and those eating their Christmas meal at the dining facilities at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Dec. 25.

The singing of all the usual Christmas songs boosted the morale of those away from friends and family during the holiday season. The carolers visited the hospital on Camp Bastion and the wounded warrior program to increase the spirits of all the injured service members recovering and waiting to return to their units.

“Some of the Marines are down but them coming and singing brings out the cheer,” said Cpl. Wesley Carpenter, the chief scout for echo company, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division. “It gives us the Christmas spirit, brings everybody’s mood up and lets us know that people care and want us to feel better.”

Santa Claus traveled with the carolers and took pictures with service members, danced and laughed.

These small gestures gave the wounded warriors a morale boost while they are away from their friends, family and other members of their units who are still working hard to provide security in Helmand province.

“Even though we are very far away from home, it brought some of home to us,” said Carpenter, from Raleigh, N.C.

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