Who’s rappelling from a Black Hawk? Must be Santa

Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan — where your blogger concluded an academically dubious high school career — posted a great video today. I remember Kadena as a challenging yuletide location. I found it difficult to embrace the Christmas spirit wearing shorts and flip-flops while lying on a sub-tropical beach. Kadena’s current occupants seem to have found the answer, with an HH-60 Pave Hawk standing in for Santa’s sleigh and a fast-rope substituting for a non-existent Okinawan chimney. Well done, Kadena. (No word yet on whether the HH-60 crew asked Santa for a non-protestable acquisition process next year for a direly-needed search and rescue fleet replacement.)


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