KAHS junior class representatives visit injured servicemembers


Officers of the Kaiserslautern American High School’s junior class wanted to do something special this December. For a holiday community project they decided to bring the spirit of the season to injured servicemembers.
Chief Master Sgt. Kim Austin, 886th Communications Squadron, chief, plans flight, made arrangements for six members of the junior class to visit injured airmen and Soldiers at the Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facility Dec. 17. The servicemembers were awaiting flights back to the states to receive hospital care and from there, go home for the holidays.
The group wanted to wish the recovering Soldiers from Operation Iraqi Freedom a merry Christmas.
The students presented Christmas cards signed by members of the junior class, along with cookies and gifts of disposable cameras.
“Most of the guys wanted to talk about their families and were happy to be going home for Christmas,” said Jaime Austin, KAHS student.
Without question, the common thought among the servicemembers was their desire to be home during the holiday season. Members also discussed some of their experiences during the war. Students were touched that some members talked about the Iraqi people and how pleasant and grateful they were for the presence of our troops.
“It was a very heartwarming experience that I will never forget,” said Keala Mason KAHS student. “These soldiers have given up so much for us and I’m sincerely thankful.”
“I was in awe of their patriotism and self sacrifice for America, said Ted Telle, junior class sponsor. “As a veteran, I related to their pride in their country and dedication to duty. These people were called up and readily accepted the mission.” (Courtesy Kaiserslautern American High School)