Indiana Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Jason Wootten, Task Force 38 plans non-commissioned officer in charge, Spc. Joshua Brooksher, Task Force 38 plans specialist, and Spc. Scott Wells, Task Force 38 intelligence analyst, pose with Capt. Peter Stephens, Task Force 38 contract specialist after Stephens tell "Santa Wootten" what he wants for the holidays. Wootten and his elves distributed presents to task force Soldiers to boost morale during the holiday season.
Task Force 38 Soldiers spread holiday cheer
By Spc. Elizabeth Gorenc
Task Force 38
JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq (12/8/09) - Dressed in Army combat uniforms, red and white hats, elf ears, red elf shoes adorned with bells and sunglasses, two Task Force 38 Soldiers accompanied the cotton ball-bearded, sunglass-wearing "Santa Wootten" as they walked from office to office distributing holiday cheer here, Dec. 4.
Indiana National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Jason Wootten, Task Force 38 plans non-commissioned officer in charge, received gifts for each Task Force 38 Soldier from his family and friends in Indiana. He then recruited two fellow Indiana National Guard Soldiers, Spc. Joshua Brooksher, task force plans specialist, and Spc. Scott Wells, task force intelligence analyst, to act as his holiday elves and help him pass out the gifts.
"I love doing stuff like that," said Wootten. "It made things more joyous. Even though we are all adults and understand the real meaning behind the holidays, it was like a little part of home out here with Santa and the elves passing out presents."...
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