30+ Photos Of The Troops Celebrating Christmas

The United States military is comprised of the most elite troops in the world, and they strive to always be the best at everything they do. So it would only follow that they have some of the best communications specialists and photographers in the world.

The official Flickr accounts of each branch of the military are full of stunning, patriotic images of men and women serving in all types of capacities and situations as soldiers, sailors, airmen, guardsmen, and Marines. The photographs show their service, hard work, fun side, and patriotic dedication to their country and their fellow brothers and sisters in uniform.

When the holiday season comes around, members of the military celebrate in their own style. Whether they are stateside or deployed overseas, with their families or with their fellow service members, our troops always find a way to spread some Christmas cheer!

Here is a list of photos showing the troops celebrating Christmas and the holiday season all around the world like only they can! Take a look at all of these great holiday images!


1. Upgrade the Sleigh

Photo: U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Crystal Charriere -- Santa, played by Col. Bryan Radliff, arrives in a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft to the 419th Fighter Wing Christmas party at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

Photo: U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Crystal Charriere — Santa, played by Col. Bryan Radliff, arrives in a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft to the 419th Fighter Wing Christmas party at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

2. Holiday Dinner

Photo: U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas -- Chief Culinary Specialist Wayne John, food production chief serves the Christmas holiday dinner to Sailors aboard the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).

Photo: U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas — Chief Culinary Specialist Wayne John, food production chief, serves the Christmas holiday dinner to Sailors aboard the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).

3. Sand Angels

Photo: U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Matthew Lima -- Capt. David Peyok with the 1-158th Field Artillery Battalion does not let a lack of snow dampen his spirits as he makes a

Photo: U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Matthew Lima — Capt. David Peyok with the 1-158th Field Artillery Battalion does not let a lack of snow dampen his spirits as he makes a “Sand Angel” in the dirt while celebrating Christmas at Camp Ramadi, Iraq.

4. Spread the Cheer

Photo: U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Billy Ho -- Cmdr. Darren Dugan, executive officer aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61), dresses as Santa Claus to cheer for Sailors during a 5K run on the ship's foc'sle.

Photo: U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Billy Ho — Cmdr. Darren Dugan, executive officer aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61), dresses as Santa Claus to cheer for Sailors during a 5K run on the ship’s foc’sle.

5. Fun in the Sun

Photo: Australian Army/LS Andrew Dakin -- On Christmas Eve, soldiers and civilians dressed in attire ranging from Army physical fitness uniforms to holiday snowman and angel costumes raised over $2,000 for the Smith Family Charity during the Candy Cane 5K Fun Run at Multi National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan.

Photo: Australian Army/LS Andrew Dakin — On Christmas Eve, soldiers and civilians dressed in attire ranging from Army physical fitness uniforms to holiday snowman and angel costumes raised over $2,000 for the Smith Family Charity during the Candy Cane 5K Fun Run at Multi National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan.

Jacob H. is an award-winning journalist and photojournalist who currently resides is West Michigan with his wife. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys writing, photography, mountain climbing, and camping.
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