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Ribbon cutting marks beginning of holiday season for Santa’s Workshop

Together, Santa Clause and Brig. Gen. Clark W. LeMasters, Jr., the commander of 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), address the attendees at the kickoff event for the Fort Hood Santa’s Workshop Nov. 7. The program began as a 13th Corps Support Command initiative in the 1990s before growing to a post-wide program for Fort Hood’s soldiers and families in 1998. Even as the program grew beyond the 13th SC(E), the program still remains a near and dear to the hearts for the Provider soldiers.



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This work, Ribbon cutting marks beginning of holiday season for Santa’s Workshop [Image 2 of 4], by SSG Jason Thompson, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:11.07.2013

Date Posted:11.12.2013 17:57

Photo ID:1051027

VIRIN:131107-A-BR605-283

Resolution:1356x1777

Size:721.52 KB

Location:FORT HOOD, TX, USGlobe

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