ARCHIVE PHOTO OF THE DAY
Christmas at Balad, 2004
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 21, 2019
Ron Jensen ©Stars and Stripes
Balad Air Base, Iraq, December, 2004: A Christmas tree made from lumber and standing 41 feet tall was designed by Albert Pellot of DynCorp and built by Air Force volunteers. A ceremony to light the tree included songs from the Reindeer Band and a prayer, but was interrupted by a mortar attack before Santa Claus' arrival.