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Holiday happenings at YARS

Col. Dan Sarachene, 910th Airlift Wing commander, speaks to 910th Airlift Wing members during the holiday commander’s call in Hangar 305 at Youngstown Reserve Station, Dec. 1, 2018.

Col. Dan Sarachene, 910th Airlift Wing commander, speaks to 910th Airlift Wing members during the holiday commander’s call in Hangar 305 at Youngstown Reserve Station, Dec. 1, 2018. This will be Sarachene’s last holiday commander’s call before he leaves command in Feb. 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Juliet Louden)

Members of the 910th Airlift Wing watch a video during the holiday commander’s call in Hangar 305 at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Dec. 1, 2018.

Members of the 910th Airlift Wing watch a video during the holiday commander’s call in Hangar 305 at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Dec. 1, 2018. The video from Lt. Gen. Richard W. Scobee, Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, was about Airmen resiliency. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Juliet Louden)

Master Sgt. John Falfas, 910th Airlift Wing career assistance advisor, speaks to 910th Airlift Wing members during the holiday commander’s call in Hangar 305 at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Dec. 1, 2018.

Master Sgt. John Falfas, 910th Airlift Wing career assistance advisor, speaks to 910th Airlift Wing members during the holiday commander’s call in Hangar 305 at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Dec. 1, 2018. Falfas spoke about the services his office offers to Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Juliet Louden)

Staff Sgt. Brandon Simmons, a personnel helper with the 910th Mission Support Group, looks through boxes of donated toys for his two daughters in the Kubli Morale and Wellness Center at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Dec. 1, 2018.

Staff Sgt. Brandon Simmons, a personnel helper with the 910th Mission Support Group, looks through boxes of donated toys for his two daughters in the Kubli Morale and Wellness Center at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Dec. 1, 2018. The 910th Airlift Wing’s Reserve Citizen Airmen were able to pick from thousands of toys donated by the Operation Homefront Holiday Toy Drive. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Juliet Louden)

Col. Dan Sarachene, 910th Airlift Wing commander, laughs during the taping of his holiday message in the Eagle’s Nest Lodge at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Dec. 2, 2018.

Col. Dan Sarachene, 910th Airlift Wing commander, laughs during the taping of his holiday message in the Eagle’s Nest Lodge at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Dec. 2, 2018. Sarachene used the opportunity to thank 910th personnel for their service. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Juliet Louden)

Reserve Citizen Airmen of the 910th Force Support Squadron record a holiday greeting with a local news station to be released near Christsmas in the Eagle’s Nest Lodge at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Dec. 2. 2018.

Reserve Citizen Airmen of the 910th Force Support Squadron record a holiday greeting with a local news station to be released near Christsmas in the Eagle’s Nest Lodge at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Dec. 2. 2018. More than 30 Airmen recorded the holiday messages through Youngstown-based WKBN. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Juliet Louden)

YOUNGSTOWN AIR RESERVE STATION, Ohio --

December is upon us, and people everywhere are getting into the holiday spirit. The 910th Airlift Wing is no exception. 

Many Yuletide festivities took place across YARS during the December Unit Training Assembly.

At the Kubli Morale and Wellness Center here, hundreds of Reserve Citizen Airmen picked up free stocking stuffers both Saturday and Sunday. Tens of thousands of locally donated toys were gathered by the Operation Homefront Holiday Toy Drive. The opportunity for service members and their families to stuff their stockings was provided by the 910th Airman and Family Readiness Center. At the Eagle’s Nest Lodge, more than 30 Wing Airmen recorded holiday messages to family and friends. The television spots, captured by Youngstown-based WKBN-TV, were staged in a festive setting standing in front of a Christmas tree or sitting by a fireplace. 

910th Airlift Wing Commander Col. Dan Sarachene recorded a video message expressing his thoughts for the holiday season.

“On behalf of our Reserve Citizen Airmen family, I would like to wish our friends in the defense community of the Mahoning Valley a happy and safe holiday season and a healthy and prosperous new year. We appreciate and thank you for your support throughout the year,” said Sarachene. “Our thoughts are with our 910th Airmen deployed overseas and their families here at home. We are grateful for their sacrifice, especially during this time of year.”