BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Two Fort Riley-based 1st Infantry Division units, the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, spent Christmas Day this year at combat outposts across eastern Afghanistan.
While the mission did not stop for the Soldiers, they did their best to celebrate the holiday season.
Maj. Gen. William Mayville and Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Sasser Jr., command team, 1st Inf. Div.
and Regional Command-East, did their part to spread Christmas cheer by visiting “Big Red One” troops at several remote outposts. Mayville and Sasser were accompanied by a jazz trio from the 1st Inf. Div. Band, which performed for Soldiers at each stop.
Both units are scheduled to return to Fort Riley in the spring, so in addition to Christmas, they celebrated the day as the last major holiday they will spend apart from their loved ones.
By Sgt. Roland Hale
RC-E Public Affairs
A 1st Inf. Div. Soldier serving in Afghanistan with the 4th IBCT enjoys a Christmas meal Dec. 25 at COP Zerok, a small U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan’s mountainous Paktika Province, Afghanistan.
Sgt. Roland Hale | RC-E