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JBER chaplains blitz flight line with candy canes

Chaplain (Capt.) Roland Reitz spent time with Alaska Air National Guardsmen and active duty members at Hangar 18 on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Dec. 19.  JBER Air Force and Air Guard chaplains visited flight line workers Dec. 17-19 to hand out candy canes and good cheer. National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. N. Alicia Goldberger.

Chaplain (Capt.) Roland Reitz spent time with Alaska Air National Guardsmen and active duty members at Hangar 18 on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Dec. 19. JBER Air Force and Air Guard chaplains visited flight line workers Dec. 17-19 to hand out candy canes and good cheer. National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. N. Alicia Goldberger.

Chaplain (Capt.) Roland Reitz, a 673rd Air Base Wing chaplain, chats with active duty 573rd Airlift Squadron personnel and 176th Wing air guardsmen here Dec. 19, leaving peppermint candies for the holidays. JBER Air Force and Air Guard chaplains visited fligh

Chaplain (Capt.) Roland Reitz, a 673rd Air Base Wing chaplain, chats with active duty 573rd Airlift Squadron personnel and 176th Wing air guardsmen here Dec. 19, leaving peppermint candies for the holidays. JBER Air Force and Air Guard chaplains visited fligh

Chaplain (Capt.) Roland Reitz leaves candy canes in several break rooms for Alaska Air National Guardsmen and active duty members at Hangar 18 on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Dec. 19. JBER Air Force and Air Guard chaplains visited flight line workers Dec. 17-19 to hand out peppermint candies and good cheer. National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. N. Alicia Goldberger.

Chaplain (Capt.) Roland Reitz leaves candy canes in several break rooms for Alaska Air National Guardsmen and active duty members at Hangar 18 on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Dec. 19. JBER Air Force and Air Guard chaplains visited flight line workers Dec. 17-19 to hand out peppermint candies and good cheer. National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. N. Alicia Goldberger.

Alaska Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Toni Morse receives a candy cane from Chaplain (Capt.) Roland Reitz on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Dec. 19. JBER Air Force and Air Guard chaplains visited flight line workers and other personnel Dec. 17-19 to hand out peppermint candies and good cheer. National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. N. Alicia Goldberger.

Alaska Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Toni Morse receives a candy cane from Chaplain (Capt.) Roland Reitz on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Dec. 19. JBER Air Force and Air Guard chaplains visited flight line workers and other personnel Dec. 17-19 to hand out peppermint candies and good cheer. National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. N. Alicia Goldberger.

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Air Force and Alaska Air National Guard chaplains visited flight line workers Dec. 17-19 to hand out candy canes and good cheer.

During a 60-hour operation called Candy Cane Blitz, the base chapel team and other helping agencies, such as the Airmen and Family Readiness Center and the  Mental Health Clinic, set out to greet all sections of the flight line with 3,000 peppermint candies in hand.

However, passing out candy canes was not the only objective.

"It had nothing to do with the candy canes," said Chaplain (Maj.) Rolf Holmquist, one of 673rd Airbase Wing's chaplains. "It was a resiliency assessment before the holidays."

According to Holmquist, the Candy Cane Blitz was an opportunity to remind Airmen of several organizations available to them 24/7, even during the holidays, and assess their morale and welfare. It did not matter if the members were active duty, Air Guard, civilians, or who their assigned chaplains were, the visiting chaplains and helping agencies wanted to greet them.

Candy Cane Blitz was a part of a ministry plan for the next year and the start of a series of "blitzes" for the chaplains and other helping agencies to reach every part of the flight line.

"We are strategic in the entire way we visit," Holmquist said. "There's a plan for the entire year so that we're consistent, we're concise, and we can track trends. We can track how people are doing."

Thanks to the chaplains, other helping agencies and off-base candy donors, Candy Cane Blitz was a success.
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