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Senior Master Sgt. Charles Rose, 55th Wing Inspector General superintendent, entertains children as ‘Budd’ the elf during the annual Offutt Christmas Tree Lighting event held at the Patriot Club, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, Dec. 6, 2018. Rose, along with being the festivities emcee, entertained guests throughout the club – always in character. (U.S. Air Force photo by Josh Plueger)

Senior Master Sgt. Charles Rose, 55th Wing Inspector General superintendent, entertains children as ‘Budd’ the elf during the annual Offutt Christmas Tree Lighting event held at the Patriot Club, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, Dec. 6, 2018. Rose, along with being the festivities emcee, entertained guests throughout the club – always in character. (U.S. Air Force photo by Josh Plueger)

Four-year-old Bella, daughter of Master Sgt. Jacob Downing, 55th Force Support Squadron Offutt Field House section chief, sits atop her dad’s shoulder’s to see Santa Claus arrive at the Offutt Christmas Tree Lighting event at the Patriot Club, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, Dec. 6, 2018.  The annual event garners a large turnout of members of the Offutt community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Josh Plueger)

Four-year-old Bella, daughter of Master Sgt. Jacob Downing, 55th Force Support Squadron Offutt Field House section chief, sits atop her dad’s shoulder’s to see Santa Claus arrive at the Offutt Christmas Tree Lighting event at the Patriot Club, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, Dec. 6, 2018. The annual event garners a large turnout of members of the Offutt community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Josh Plueger)

Four-year-old Gabriella, daughter of Staff Sgt. Kevin Richardson, 55th Strategic Communication Squadron, looks at her reflection during the Offutt Christmas Tree Lighting event at the Patriot Club, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, Dec. 6, 2018. The ceremony included a meet and greet with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, live music, dinner, bingo and an “Elf Mart” where children had a chance to shop for their parents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Josh Plueger)

Four-year-old Gabriella, daughter of Staff Sgt. Kevin Richardson, 55th Strategic Communication Squadron, looks at her reflection during the Offutt Christmas Tree Lighting event at the Patriot Club, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, Dec. 6, 2018. The ceremony included a meet and greet with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, live music, dinner, bingo and an “Elf Mart” where children had a chance to shop for their parents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Josh Plueger)

Master Sgt. Benjamin Kadow, U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band trombone player, plays at trumpet during the Offutt Christmas Tree Lighting event at the Patriot Club, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, Dec. 6, 2018. The band’s brass ensemble played multiple sets throughout the night while an estimated 1,500 base members moved throughout the club participating in numerous events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Josh Plueger)

Master Sgt. Benjamin Kadow, U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band trombone player, plays at trumpet during the Offutt Christmas Tree Lighting event at the Patriot Club, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, Dec. 6, 2018. The band’s brass ensemble played multiple sets throughout the night while an estimated 1,500 base members moved throughout the club participating in numerous events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Josh Plueger)

Five-year-old Kai, son of Airmen 1st Class Erik, 20th Intelligence Squadron, peruses the ‘Elf Mart’ during the annual Offutt Christmas Tree Lighting event held at the Patriot Club, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, Dec. 6, 2018. For a small fee, children were able to shop and wrap gifts for their parents who were waiting in the next room. (U.S. Air Force photo by Josh Plueger)

Five-year-old Kai, son of Airmen 1st Class Erik, 20th Intelligence Squadron, peruses the ‘Elf Mart’ during the annual Offutt Christmas Tree Lighting event held at the Patriot Club, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, Dec. 6, 2018. For a small fee, children were able to shop and wrap gifts for their parents who were waiting in the next room. (U.S. Air Force photo by Josh Plueger)

Colonel Sherri Levan, 55th Wing vice commander, greets the crowd during the annual Offutt Christmas Tree Lighting event held at the Patriot Club, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, Dec. 6, 2018. The annual tree-lighting event was attended by an estimated 1,500 people. (U.S. Air Force photo by Josh Plueger)

Colonel Sherri Levan, 55th Wing vice commander, greets the crowd during the annual Offutt Christmas Tree Lighting event held at the Patriot Club, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, Dec. 6, 2018. The annual tree-lighting event was attended by an estimated 1,500 people. (U.S. Air Force photo by Josh Plueger)

A tree used for the annual Offutt Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, stands lit outside the Patriot Club on Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, Dec. 6, 2018. The 55th Force Support Squadron’s tree lighting event was attended by an estimated 1,500 active-duty members and dependents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Josh Plueger)

A tree used for the annual Offutt Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, stands lit outside the Patriot Club on Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, Dec. 6, 2018. The 55th Force Support Squadron’s tree lighting event was attended by an estimated 1,500 active-duty members and dependents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Josh Plueger)

The Clark family lights the Christmas tree during the annual Offutt Christmas Tree Lighting event held at the Patriot Club, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, Dec. 6, 2018. Following the tree lighting, the crowd of attendees made their way into the club for the evening’s festivities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Josh Plueger)

The Clark family lights the Christmas tree during the annual Offutt Christmas Tree Lighting event held at the Patriot Club, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, Dec. 6, 2018. Following the tree lighting, the crowd of attendees made their way into the club for the evening’s festivities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Josh Plueger)

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- Team Offutt gathered at the Patriot Club for the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Event Dec. 6, 2018.