PHOTOS: Fort Riley Troops Celebrate Christmas In Afghanistan

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BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (December 25, 2012) – Two Fort Riley-based 1st Infantry Division units, the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, spent Christmas Day this year at combat outposts across eastern Afghanistan.

While the mission did not stop for these Soldiers, they did their best to celebrate the holiday season.

Maj. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr. and Command Sgt. Maj. Charles V. Sasser Jr., the command team of the 1st Infantry Division 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 division band, who performed for Soldiers at each stop.

Both units are scheduled to return to Fort Riley this spring, so in addition to Christmas, they celebrated the day as the last major holiday they will spend apart from their loved ones.

Two Fort Riley-based 1st Infantry Division units are currently deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Roland Hale, RC-East Public Affairs)