First sergeants to spread holiday joy

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  • By Mark Wyatt
  • 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – The First Sergeants Council here will again help military families in need this holiday season through the Operation Angel Tree program.

The program is a first sergeant-run initiative to provide gifts to Hanscom AFB-connected military children.

“The Angel Tree program, known for its long-standing tradition of delivering gifts to military children, holds a special place in the hearts of those who have experienced the challenges of being part of a military family,” said Master Sgt. Sonia Teixeira, 66th Comptroller Squadron first sergeant.

Organizers invite military and federal civilians who live or work at Hanscom AFB and have children who would benefit from the Angel Tree program to participate.

Individuals are encouraged to complete an Angel Tree nomination form and submit it by Nov. 21 to any first sergeant at Hanscom AFB. This includes families who have recently had a change of station or those who have a family member who is or has been deployed. 

“We encourage participation, whether your children have been facing challenges or have shown resilience,” Master Sgt. Mary McCurdy, 66th Force Support Squadron first sergeant.

The Angel Tree program kicks off with tags indicating needed gifts being placed on a holiday tree located at the Base Exchange Nov. 22.

“Our goal is to ensure that all gifts are delivered by Dec. 21, just in time for the holiday season,” said Master Sgt. Jessica Campbell, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Detachment 7 first sergeant. “If planning to go on leave during this period, they are encouraged to indicate on the form so arrangements can be made for the timely delivery of gifts.”

First sergeants, who play a crucial role in the well-being of military personnel and their families, understand that military service can be emotionally, physically, and financially taxing.

“The Angel Tree program is more than just a charitable endeavor; it's a way to show Team Hanscom families that they are cared for and supported,” said McCurdy. “This program serves as a reminder that the military community stands together in times of need.”