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Opening doors to Christmas cheer

6th MP Group welcomes Santa

The logistics shop of the 6th MP Group (CID) took 1st place in the unit’s door decorating competition. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

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Some soldiers travel on the Polar Express.

The title to a 2004 film starring Tom Hanks, the movie is about a boy who boards a train called the Polar Express, which journeys to the North Pole.

Once there, the lad is handpicked by Santa Claus to receive the first gift of Christmas.

"I had the idea of looking into a snow globe and seeing the Polar Express," explained MSgt. Chamboni Simmons.

"But the project got too big, so I adapted the front window to our group's building to complete it."

Whoville (left): The Grinch would approve of Capt. Aiana Gehring’s office door. Eifel Tower Door (right): A tribute to the victims of terrorist acts in Paris resulted in this creation.

Joined by Maj. Anthony Minderman, MSgt. Jose Soriano, Spc. Sabin Shrestha and Pfc. Robert Cuzion, Simmons' team took 1st place.

The 6th Military Police Group (CID) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord's office door Christmas decoration contest brought out the best.

"This has been occurring for several years," explained Capt. Aiana Gehring, commander, as she stood outside her Grinch-inspired Whoville door.

"Seven doors participated, and the doors were graded on creativity, uniqueness and festivity."

Members of the DuPont Chapter of the Association of the United States Army judged the unit's efforts.

They had a tough job.

"They kept commenting on how creative the doors were and the work that went into the decorations," added Gehring.

The soldiers downstairs in the communications section certainly made a valiant effort to win.

Their door had lights, CDs, cartoon characters, Santa, and two television screens showing Christmas shows.

"They are resourceful," MSgt. Gabriel Orquiz concluded.  

"The teamwork here is just phenomenal."

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