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Students from Kaiserslautern Elementary School sing holiday carols at the 21st Theater Sustainment Command's tree lighting ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at Panzer Kaserne in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Students from Kaiserslautern Elementary School sing holiday carols at the 21st Theater Sustainment Command's tree lighting ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at Panzer Kaserne in Kaiserslautern, Germany. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)
Students from Kaiserslautern Elementary School sing holiday carols at the 21st Theater Sustainment Command's tree lighting ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at Panzer Kaserne in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Students from Kaiserslautern Elementary School sing holiday carols at the 21st Theater Sustainment Command's tree lighting ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at Panzer Kaserne in Kaiserslautern, Germany. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)
Justice Warren, 8, talks with Santa at the 21st Theater Sustainment Command's holiday tree lighting ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at Panzer Kaserne in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Justice Warren, 8, talks with Santa at the 21st Theater Sustainment Command's holiday tree lighting ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at Panzer Kaserne in Kaiserslautern, Germany. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)
Maj. Gen. John O'Connor, commander of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, along with Amy Rodick and Sgt. Baran Pourtahmaseb-Sasi flip a giant switch at a holiday tree lighting ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at Panzer Kaserne in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Maj. Gen. John O'Connor, commander of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, along with Amy Rodick and Sgt. Baran Pourtahmaseb-Sasi flip a giant switch at a holiday tree lighting ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at Panzer Kaserne in Kaiserslautern, Germany. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)
Soldiers hold up cue cards for the commander, soldiers and families of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command to read from as they record a commercial that will be broadcast to U.S. forces overseas during a tree lighting ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.
Soldiers hold up cue cards for the commander, soldiers and families of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command to read from as they record a commercial that will be broadcast to U.S. forces overseas during a tree lighting ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)
Soldiers of the U.S. Army Europe Brass Quintet play holiday songs at the 21st Theater Sustainment Command's tree lighting ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.
Soldiers of the U.S. Army Europe Brass Quintet play holiday songs at the 21st Theater Sustainment Command's tree lighting ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — More than 100 soldiers, family members and German guests showed up at Panzer Kaserne for the 21st Theater Sustainment Command’s fourth annual holiday tree lighting ceremony Wednesday evening.

Children from Kaiserslautern Elementary School sang holiday carols before Maj. Gen. John O’Connor and representatives for single soldiers and family organizations teamed up to flip a switch lighting a tree draped with strings of colored lights.

Santa Claus rode up on a fire truck soon after, and later posed for photos with children inside an Army tent, while a brass quintet from the U.S. Army Europe Band played holiday songs.

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