13 Photos Of Santa Hanging With The Troops

Sure, Santa is known for riding a sleigh and giving out presents. But when it’s time for Santa to “git some” he calls on the troops.

Sometimes, Santa needs a few inches of armor …

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Photo: US Air Force Airman 1st Class Jocelyn A. Ford

…and other times he wants the treads and big guns.

Tank Abrams Santa Christmas Party Holidays Merry Army Mighty

Photo: US Army Sgt. Quentin Johnson

When he’s flying, he may do the WSO thing.

Santa Jet Delivery Presents Christmas Holidays Air Force Military

Photo: US Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cheryl Nolan

But he can also go single seat, if required.


Photo: US Air Force 1st Lt. Stacie Shafran

Santa’s always up for saying howdy to the troops he meets along the way.

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Photo: US Air Force Civilian Beau Wade

 And he’s not beyond helping out.

Santa Carrier Flight Operations Direct Jet Navy US

Photo: US Navy Petty Officer 1st Class David Mercil

In a pinch, he uses air drops — so much faster than landing at each house.

Santa Supply drop presents US Air Force Ocean Island Christmas

Photo: US Air Force Tech. Sgt. James Ferguson

Helos have all of the space of the sleigh without the inconvenience of feeding the reindeer.

Helicopter christmas Santa Navy Rescue Holidays

Photo: US Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amanda Huntoon

When the chimney is too small for Santa, the Air Force helps him by lowering the presents on a hoist.

US Air Force Santa Helicopter UH-60 Christmas Happy Holidays

Photo: US Air Force Staff Sgt. Stephen Linch

Claus sometimes heads to the rope course for a confidence builder before the big night.

Santa Obstacle Course Happy Holidays Merry Christmas Navy America

Photo: US Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher Menzie

Jolly Old Saint Nick is also pretty good on a ruck march.

First Sergeant Santa Marines Toys for Tots Competition Happy Holidays Merry Christmas Ruck March Hawaii

Photo: Marine Corps Civilian Kristen Wong

He’s been showing the military love for a long time.

Santa F4 Phantom US Navy Aircraft Carrier Launch Happy Holidays Merry Christmas

Photo: US Navy

And the troops are always happy to see him.

Santa UH-60 4th Brigade Combat Team 82nd Airborne Division Paratroopers Zabul Afghanistan Merry Christmas Happy Holidays

Photo: US Army Staff Sgt. Aubree Rundle

Merry Christmas from WATM!