Friday, December 16, 2011


By Joachim Jacob, Warthog News Editor

Dear visitors, contributors and other friends of Warthog News. I wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2012! Special greetings to the entire USAF A-10C Thunderbolt II "Warthog" community and their families, especially to the airmen of the 107th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron which is currently combat-deployed to the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

To make you smile, from my archives I selected the following historic USAF photo, taken at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, December 24, 2003:

Original photo caption: A visit from Santa. Staff Sgt. John Hamilton, 455th Expeditionary Operations Group resident "Santa," deployed from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., spreads holiday cheer Dec. 24 to the troops along the flightline at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brian Davidson) Larger version

Please note: This funny official USAF picture was taken during the deployment of the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, 355th Fighter Wing (ACC), Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, commanded by Lt. Col. Tim Saffold, to the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). This deployment was part of the Air Expeditionary Forces's AEF 5/6 (Cycle 4) rotation (December 2003 – February 2004).

Related OEF background info:
A-10 Units of Operation Enduring Freedom

For Christmas 2011 see also:
A Warthog Christmas by Joe

If anybody needs a hi-res copy (2100 x 1500) please drop me a line via e-mail.

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