Christmas trees starting to show up on Pacific bases
KADENA AIR BASE — Christmas trees from the States are beginning to show up at military bases around the Pacific.
Trees arrived at Kadena’s base exchange on Wednesday and went on sale Thursday. Stockroom manager Gary Walt said Kadena is the only exchange selling Christmas trees on Okinawa, and he expects the 425 trees to sell quickly.
The Douglas and noble firs, shipped from Oregon, are 4-8 feet tall; prices start at $23.
On mainland Japan, the Yokota Air Base exchange received 182 noble and Douglas firs, which will sell starting at $28, said Air Force Master Sgt. Donovan K. Potter, an Army and Air Force Exchange Service spokesman.
The exchange at Yongsan Garrison in Seoul is awaiting its shipment of trees, Potter said. Some Navy exchanges received shipments of Douglas, grand and noble firs from Washington and had them on sale the day after Thanksgiving, said Mike Owyen, an exchange division manager.
Yokosuka Naval Base and its off-base Negishi housing area, Sasebo Naval Base and Naval Air Facility Atsugi already are selling trees at prices starting at $19. Tree selection will vary by location, he said.
The Navy exchange at Singapore also is scheduled to receive trees, Owyen said.
The exchange officials said they did not know if or when other bases would receive trees from the States.