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By Cameron S. Hunt, 21st Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published January 11, 2019
BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – The 7th Space Warning Squadron sponsored a Track Santa event at Beale Air Force Base, California, December 24, 2018. The event had arts and crafts tables setup for the kids to participate in while waiting for their turn to track and talk to Santa via a special satellite phone. The event benefits the Beale AFB local community focusing on the dependents of deployed Airmen during the holidays. (Courtesy Photo)
BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Volunteers from the 7th Space Warning Squadron, 21 Operations Support Squadron and Detachment 1 serve baked goods to kids who took part in the 7 SWS Track Santa event at Beale AFB, California, December 24, 2018. The event benefits the Beale AFB local community focusing on the dependents of deployed Airmen during the holidays. (Courtesy Photo)
The 7th Space Warning Squadron guards the U.S. west coast against sea-launched ballistic missiles. The unit is a geographically separated unit of the 21st Space Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. However, on Dec. 24, the squadron holds its annual Santa Tracking Event. Roughly 300 children and family members filtered through the 7th SWS's radar tower to track Santa on his sleigh and talk to him on his special satellite phone.
“The 7th SWS has a strong bond with the Beale AFB community,” said Lt.Col. Charles Sandusky 7th SWS commander. “Our ability to use our radar to track Santa is a great opportunity to highlight the people and mission of our unit in a fun and interactive way.”
Hot chocolate and cookies were served to the kids, and families came together to bond and enjoy an arts and crafts tables. There was a photo booth so families could pose for group pictures and take selfies to commemorate the event. The Santa Tracker provided an opportunity to highlight the people and mission of the unit that strengthen bonds with the community.
During the event, collections for the local food pantry were received and “I Tracked Santa” t-shirts were sold to raise funds for upcoming squadron events.
Staff Sgt. Robert Hales, enlisted Space Operations NCO, 7 SWS Weapons & Tactics, organized the event, maintained security of the site for our families and still found time to bake cookies and decorate.
The event was hosted by 7th SWS members – commonly known as Bandits, 21st Operations Support Squadron and Detachment 1 members – commonly known as Kit Foxes, their families, and friends.