BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --
The 7th Space Warning Squadron guards the U.S. west coast against sea-launched ballistic missiles. The unit is a geographically separated unit of the 21st Space Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. However, on Dec. 24, the squadron holds its annual Santa Tracking Event. Roughly 300 children and family members filtered through the 7th SWS's radar tower to track Santa on his sleigh and talk to him on his special satellite phone.
“The 7th SWS has a strong bond with the Beale AFB community,” said Lt.Col. Charles Sandusky 7th SWS commander. “Our ability to use our radar to track Santa is a great opportunity to highlight the people and mission of our unit in a fun and interactive way.”
Hot chocolate and cookies were served to the kids, and families came together to bond and enjoy an arts and crafts tables. There was a photo booth so families could pose for group pictures and take selfies to commemorate the event. The Santa Tracker provided an opportunity to highlight the people and mission of the unit that strengthen bonds with the community.
During the event, collections for the local food pantry were received and “I Tracked Santa” t-shirts were sold to raise funds for upcoming squadron events.
Staff Sgt. Robert Hales, enlisted Space Operations NCO, 7 SWS Weapons & Tactics, organized the event, maintained security of the site for our families and still found time to bake cookies and decorate.
The event was hosted by 7th SWS members – commonly known as Bandits, 21st Operations Support Squadron and Detachment 1 members – commonly known as Kit Foxes, their families, and friends.