Santa visits the 552nd Air Control Wing children

Santa Claus arrives at the 552 ACW Children’s Christmas Party on an E-3 Sentry and is greeted by Col. Pat Hoffman, commander, 552 ACW. Photo courtesy of 1Lt Kinder Blacke.

Santa Claus arrives at the 552 ACW Children’s Christmas Party on an E-3 Sentry and is greeted by Col. Pat Hoffman, commander, 552 ACW. Photo courtesy of 1Lt Kinder Blacke.

Santa Claus waves to the excited crowd of children and their parents as Col. Pat Hoffman, commander, 552 ACW chauffeurs him into the building in the AWACS golf cart. Photo courtesy of 1Lt Kinder Blacke.

Santa Claus waves to the excited crowd of children and their parents as Col. Pat Hoffman, commander, 552 ACW chauffeurs him into the building in the AWACS golf cart. Photo courtesy of 1Lt Kinder Blacke.

Santa Claus and his elves take time to visit with one of the young members of the 552 ACW family to find out what she would like for Christmas. Photo courtesy of 1Lt Kinder Blacke.

Santa Claus and his elves take time to visit with one of the young members of the 552 ACW family to find out what she would like for Christmas. Photo courtesy of 1Lt Kinder Blacke.

Master Sgt. Glenda Ipock, first sergeant, 964th Airborne Air Control Squadron, helps several children frost cookies and make crafts at the squadron activity tables. Photo courtesy of 1Lt Kinder Blacke.

Master Sgt. Glenda Ipock, first sergeant, 964th Airborne Air Control Squadron, helps several children frost cookies and make crafts at the squadron activity tables. Photo courtesy of 1Lt Kinder Blacke.

6 Dec 2008 -- Children of the 552nd Air Control Wing received a special visit from Santa Claus Dec. 6 when he flew in on an E-3 Sentry for the annual 552 ACW Children's Christmas Party.

Santa was greeted by Col. Pat Hoffman, 552nd ACW Commander, along with a crowd of excited children and their parents.

Each child met with Santa to share their Christmas wish and upon leaving, received an E-3 imprinted ornament as a gift from one of Santa's elves.

The party included various crafts and games sponsored by the 552 ACW squadrons, several raffle prizes, a buffet of holiday food and sweets, a bouncy castle, and a Christmas obstacle course.