570th MRT Soldiers celebrate Christmas in July

By Sgt. Ann Venturato

Christmas came early for Soldiers with the 570th Movement Regulation Team with a "Christmas in July" celebration July 16 at LSA Anaconda.

The 570th MRT Soldiers got into the Christmas spirit for the afternoon and enjoyed some fun and laughter.

The party was a way to gather the Soldiers together to build team spirit and boost their morale.

We don't get to see each other much because of missions and events like this give us a chance to get together every now and then, said Spc. Nicholas Alonzo, who was one of Santa's elves at the party.

A small artificial Christmas tree, balloons and cardboard bells set the holiday spirit.

The Soldiers kicked back and sang Christmas carols, exchanged gag gifts and Christmas stockings and played Kevlar bowling.

The Kevlar used was old, had been run over and had the signatures of the Soldiers on the Kevlar cover. The old Kevlar was a fitting gift for the commander since it also had the 570th motto of "Run 'em' Over Regulators" across the band. Kevlar bowling is done by using a Kevlar, preferably unserviceable, as a bowling ball and throwing it to knock down items such as water bottles.

The gag gifts were homemade items that Soldiers exchanged with one another. Sgt. Martin Chacon, transportation management coordinator with the 570th MRT, got a gag gift of an Iraqi cell phone, which was just a plain white paper cup.

Capt. John Maloney who gave Chacon the gift, made a phone call to make sure the Iraqi cell phone was working. White cotton tube socks passed for Christmas stockings. Inside each stocking was an Iraqi flag, a chemical light, and some peppermint candy canes.

Capt. Donald Blue played the role of Santa with the help of a paper beard.

"It should be a good morale thing for the troops," Blue said.

"The party was to give the Soldiers a feeling that that we're all in it together," said Ames.


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Capt. Donald Blue gifted a painted rock to Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Knox, 49th Movement Control Battalion, at the 570th MRT's Christmas in July party. With the help of a bear and of shredded paper, Blue played the role of Santa for Soldiers at the party July 16

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Spc. Nicholas Alonzo shows off his gag gift to the Soldiers at the 570th MRT's Christmas in July party on July 16.