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Airmen dress up as holiday characters during a holiday tree lighting ceremony at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.

U.S. Air Force Airmen dress up as holiday characters during a holiday tree lighting ceremony at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Dec. 4, 2018. There was free cookies and hot chocolate offered following the ceremony, as well as live music provided by base members. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Octavius Thompson)

Airmen dressed as holiday characters join U.S. Air Force Col. Britt Hurst on stage during a holiday tree lighting ceremony.

U.S. Air Force Airmen dressed as holiday characters join U.S. Air Force Col. Britt Hurst, 39th Air Base Wing commander, on stage during a holiday tree lighting ceremony at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Dec. 4, 2018. Hurst stressed the importance of rest and relaxation during the holiday season in order for service members to stay mission ready. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Octavius Thompson)

Col. Britt Hurst, 39th Air Base Wing commander, gives opening remarks during a holiday tree lighting ceremony at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.

U.S. Air Force Col. Britt Hurst, 39th Air Base Wing commander, gives opening remarks during a holiday tree lighting ceremony at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Dec. 4, 2018. Hurst spoke about the importance of taking care of one another at all times, especially the holidays, as members stationed here are separated from their families. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Octavius Thompson)

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