A holiday message from the Combined Joint Task Force-82, Regional Command-East Commanding General

Written by Bagram Media Center Friday, 18 December 2009 21:12

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, Coalition, Civilian and Afghan partners of CJTF-82 and RC-E:

The holiday season is about family and faith, hope and the goodness of humanity.  It is a time of forgiveness and generosity, of celebration and reflection.  The holidays are also about tradition - the unique ways in which we connect with family and friends to share in the spirit of the season.

Since General George Washington crossed the Delaware on December 25th, 1776, turning the tide of the war and rallying our fledgling Nation, our military holiday traditions have been founded on selfless service and unfailing perseverance.  So that our loved ones can celebrate the season according to their beliefs, we stand guard in remote outposts.  So that our friends may gather and share in each other's company without fear, we bear months of separation.  So that the people of Afghanistan may someday know the promise of peace, we tend to our wounded and honor the fallen.

As I travel the battlespace, I've witnessed other traditions - bounties from home being shared throughout the unit; the ingenuity and creativity of troops to make a B-hut festive; and the unique camaraderie that comes from spending the holidays deployed together.  Most importantly, I have seen with incredible pride your continued professionalism and dedication to duty no matter the day, no matter the discomforts and no matter the difficulty.

While sacrifice is certainly a military tradition, so are victory, honor and perseverance.  These are your true gifts to our Nation and each other.

May God continue to bless you, your loved ones, and those we are sent to protect with health, happiness, and prosperity, and may He bring joy to us all this holiday season.

Happy Holidays.

All the Way!

Curtis M. Scaparrotti
Major General, US Army

Last Updated on Friday, 18 December 2009 21:17