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they loved to hear the motorcycles.”

Wise, network administration senior, agreed with her comrades and said she enjoys handing out candy and gifts to the kids.

“I always like to give those things to the younger, shy children that don’t run into the street to get anything,” said Wise. “We pulled the bike up close, and I looked at their parents to bring them out so I could give them something. The look on their faces and their big, wide eyes said it all. After all, Christmas is about the kids. They are so innocent.”

Headquarters and Headquarters Company com- mander, Capt. Shylo Morrison, NETCOM/9th Signal Command, said she and her Family attended the parade and had a great time watching all the bikes, bands and floats.

“We loved seeing all the lights pass by,” said Mor- rison. “We go how often. I enjoy attending community

events. This is our town. It is so important for Soldiers servicemembers and all government employees to get involved in their local communities; it bridges a gap and helps us all understand one another. NETCOM is a great organization and we have numerous people here that show support for Sierra Vista. I’m so proud of all our NETCOM folks and all they do, not just around the holidays, but throughout the year.”

The Harley-riding NETCOM bikers are no exception when it comes to volunteering their time and have helped with several projects, including the upcoming Just Kids Stocking stuffer program. This year, they have collected dozens of gifts and are scheduled to begin delivering them on their Harley ‘sleighs’ Dec. 20.

“It always puts me in the holiday spirit,” said Badgett. “The children are so excited and happy to see the gifts and to receive them from a motorcycle rider always seems to excite them. This year we also supported the local animal shelters by collecting over 800 pounds of food and $1,300 that was split between the Benson,

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“My wife and I support Cochise County Fire Depart- ment’s Food Bank by donating food and participating in the Chapter’s ‘Hell or High Water Food Drive Bike Run,’ said Silverman. “We also participate in the bian- nual highway cleanup, where the chapter is responsible for a stretch of State Route 82. We’ve also participated in the annual Chris Nason Memorial Ride to raise funds for memorials for fallen Soldiers with Cochise County ties.”

Participating in local events is important to the NETCOM members of the Thunder Mountain H.O.G. Chapter, and makes them feel more connected to their community. The Christmas Parade is one of Badgett’s favorite rides.

“Every year I get to meet new people and share the fun of parading down our main street,” said Badgett. “The Sierra Vista/Fort Huachuca community truly loves a parade. There are as many people in the parade as there are watching. It’s always great fun.”

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