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AFCENT Service members, families attend holiday kick-off event

Capt. Beth Brustuen, right, 379th Expeditionary Medical Group mental health clinic officer-in-charge, and Capt. Victor Eguaibor, 379th EMDG mental health clinic licensed social worker, hand out stockings to service members and their families during a holiday kick-off event Dec. 1, 2018, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Service members and their families were able to play holiday games, watch live music performances, interact with Santa Claus and watch a tree lighting ceremony, during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Capt. Beth Brustuen, right, 379th Expeditionary Medical Group mental health clinic officer-in-charge, and Capt. Victor Eguaibor, 379th EMDG mental health clinic licensed social worker, hand out stockings to service members and their families during a holiday kick-off event Dec. 1, 2018, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Service members and their families were able to play holiday games, watch live music performances, interact with Santa Claus and watch a tree lighting ceremony, during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Service members and military families attend a holiday kick-off event Dec. 1, 2018, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Attendees were able to play holiday games, watch live music performances, and interact with Santa Claus during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Service members and military families attend a holiday kick-off event Dec. 1, 2018, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Attendees were able to play holiday games, watch live music performances, and interact with Santa Claus during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Airman 1st Class Jeannelyn Capinpin, left, and Senior Airman Bronson Lee, both of the 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, talk to a military child during a holiday kick-off event Dec. 1, 2018, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Service members and their families were able to play holiday games, watch live music performances, interact with Santa Claus and watch a tree lighting ceremony, during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Airman 1st Class Jeannelyn Capinpin, left, and Senior Airman Bronson Lee, both of the 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, talk to a military child during a holiday kick-off event Dec. 1, 2018, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Service members and their families were able to play holiday games, watch live music performances, interact with Santa Claus and watch a tree lighting ceremony, during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Guy James, foreground, U.S. Air Forces Central Command Band guitarist, and Staff Sgt. Bryan Andrews, AFCENT Band bassist, play holiday songs during a holiday kick-off event Dec. 1, 2018, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Service members and their families were able to play holiday games, watch live music performances, interact with Santa Claus and watch a tree lighting ceremony, during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Guy James, foreground, U.S. Air Forces Central Command Band guitarist, and Staff Sgt. Bryan Andrews, AFCENT Band bassist, play holiday songs during a holiday kick-off event Dec. 1, 2018, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Service members and their families were able to play holiday games, watch live music performances, interact with Santa Claus and watch a tree lighting ceremony, during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Alycia Cancel, U.S. Air Forces Central Command Band vocalist, sings a holiday song during a holiday kick-off event Dec. 1, 2018, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Service members and their families were able to play holiday games, watch live music performances, interact with Santa Claus and watch a tree lighting ceremony, during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Alycia Cancel, U.S. Air Forces Central Command Band vocalist, sings a holiday song during a holiday kick-off event Dec. 1, 2018, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Service members and their families were able to play holiday games, watch live music performances, interact with Santa Claus and watch a tree lighting ceremony, during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar --

Service members and military families attend a holiday kick-off event Dec. 1, 2018, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Attendees were able to play holiday games, watch live music performances, interact with Santa Claus and watch a tree lighting ceremony, during a holiday kick-off event.

Capt. Beth Brustuen, right, 379th Expeditionary Medical Group mental health clinic officer-in-charge, and Capt. Victor Eguaibor, 379th EMDG mental health clinic licensed social worker, hand out stockings to service members and their families during the celebration.

Bringing a spirit of home, children of members assigned to Al Udeid were included and interacted with deployed service members.

Senior Airman Guy James, U.S. Air Forces Central Command Band guitarist, and Staff Sgt. Bryan Andrews, AFCENT Band bassist, played holiday songs while Senior Airman Alycia Cancel, a band vocalist sang holiday songs.