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Air Force Tech Sgt. Eric Schwab assists Bamberg family members, left to right, Tamara, J'Don, Jamicka and Jamal Jones, of the 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery, in making holiday greetings to Savanna, Ill., and Rochester, N.Y. The Hometown News crew, based in Texas, recorded about 110 greetings at Bamberg's Warner Barracks last week. The Hometown News crews annually record greetings throughout Europe and Asia to bring holiday cheer from military families to the United States. Greetings are expected to air after Dec. 10.
Air Force Tech Sgt. Eric Schwab assists Bamberg family members, left to right, Tamara, J'Don, Jamicka and Jamal Jones, of the 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery, in making holiday greetings to Savanna, Ill., and Rochester, N.Y. The Hometown News crew, based in Texas, recorded about 110 greetings at Bamberg's Warner Barracks last week. The Hometown News crews annually record greetings throughout Europe and Asia to bring holiday cheer from military families to the United States. Greetings are expected to air after Dec. 10. (Courtesy of U.S. Army)

It’s time again to send out those hometown greetings.

Army and Air Force camera crews are visiting bases in Germany to record greetings that will air on local stateside radio and television stations during the December holidays.

The crew recorded more than 100 greetings in Bamberg last week. It is scheduled to be in Mannheim on Monday, Heidelberg on Tuesday, Baumholder on Wednesday, and Ramstein on Thursday and Friday.

The tour continues in Kaiserslautern on Oct. 2-4, Sembach on Oct. 5 and Spangdahlem Oct. 7-8.

A different crew is scheduled to tape greetings Monday and Tuesday at U.S. bases in Okinawa.

Those interested in taping a greeting should contact their base’s public affairs office for details, according to Elaine Leist, deputy to the commander for the 415th Base Support Battalion in Kaiserslautern.

“They [camera crews] come to the community, the PAOs take the lead and schedule appointments for soldiers and families,” Leist said.

The taped messages are then sent to local news stations and aired throughout the holidays.

Military members, families and Department of Defense civilians can participate, Leist said. Many times, she added, parents dress up their toddlers in Christmas fineries for the greetings.

“Even if your spouse is deployed, we encourage the spouses left behind and their children to participate in this,” Leist said.

“I would think more than ever this year with soldiers deployed that they’re going to have a lot of spouses participate.”

Nearly 8,000 greetings are expected to be collected throughout the Pacific, European and Southwest Asia regions, according to the U.S. Marines in Japan Web site. The tapes would then be sent to more than 2,000 radio, television and cable stations throughout the United States for airing in the servicemembers’ hometowns.

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