Hometown Holiday Greetings team to visit KMC

by Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The Joint Hometown News Service will be taping 2012 holiday greetings at the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today to Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.

The team will also be filming at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center outside the emergency room by the water fountain from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Service members and civilian employees from all branches of service, their family members, and Department of Defense civilians are eligible to participate in sending a greeting back home to their families.

Military members recording greetings must be in uniform. Family members and spouses should come with their sponsors, but if the military member is deployed or on temporary duty, his or her spouse and children may record a greeting.

Here are a few guidelines and things to bring for the holiday greeting:
» Contact info: Ensure you have contact information of the family members who you would like to send the greetings to. Station managers will need phone numbers of the families so they can call them and tell them when the greetings will air.

» Props: Santa hats, pets, banners and Christmas attire is encouraged.

» Relax and have fun: Be cheerful and in the holiday spirit. Remember, these videos will be airing to send a holiday greeting and show your families
how you are doing.

» When you’re giving your greetings, try not to say Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, etc. Most of these greetings will air from Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Day and could quickly become obsolete if the specific holiday mentioned has come and gone when your greeting airs.

» No profanity or inappropriate attire.

For those who have family in more than one area, it’s possible to record several greetings. Each greeting will be about 15 to 20 seconds, which is enough time to get in the holiday wishes to those closest to you.

Keep in mind, there could be long lines during the days of shooting. Try and be patient with the team; they will do everything they can to ensure everyone’s greeting gets recorded.