As Thanksgiving and Christmas approach, families gather to celebrate faith, good food, and family. However, some families are unable to celebrate the holidays with their loved ones.

Thousands of husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters serve their country overseas.

Colonel James Kriesel sends holiday greetings to his family in Salem, Oregon from his station in Camp Lemonnier:

Seamen Brook Lowell and Petty Officer 3rd Class Megan Beck wish their family and friends in Scappoose, Oregon and Tampa, Florida a happy Thanksgiving:

Captain Eric Young sends a greeting to Portland, Wilsonville, and Sweet Home, Oregon from him and his family in Incirlik Air Base:


Hana is currently pursuing an undergraduate English degree with a Spanish minor at Concordia University Portland. She loves creative writing and reading children's books and someday hopes to publish her own. Favorite hobbies include cooking, cleaning, eating ice cream, and singing Disney princess songs.