Watch: Jingle Bell Rock– in Afghanistan

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Pfc. Ryan B. Stuart of Brooklyn Park, Minn., assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Storm, provides security for Afghan National Security Forces in Kharwar District Jan. 11. Soldiers of Co. D and ANSF recovered two caches and detained four people during the two-day operation. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Cooper T. Cash, Task Force Patriot Public Affairs)

The U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division soldiers from Fort Drum, New York put together a short cover of “Jingle Bell Rock” just in time for Christmas.

Hoping to spread cheer to their buddies who are “one of the most deployed Army units in the history of the War on Terror.”

Roughly 4,300 10th Mountain Division soldiers from Fort Drum and Fort Polk, La., are currently deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq and Korea. Of that number, approximately 3,750 10th Mountain Division soldiers are currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan — the highest number since the war in Afghanistan “officially ended” last December.

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“Jingle Bell Rock” was first released by Bobby Helms in 1957. It was composed by Joseph Carleton Beal (1900–1967) and James Ross Boothe (1917–1976).

Even though the 10th Mountain Division is now a light infantry division, its fascinating history as a mountain warfare unit not only changed Army training, but created interest in the sport of skiing. Notably:

“Veterans of the 10th Mountain Division were in a large part responsible for the development of skiing into a big name sport and popular vacation industry after World War II. Ex-soldiers from the 10th laid out ski hills, built ski lodges, designed ski lifts and improved ski equipment. They started ski magazines and opened ski schools. Vail, Aspen, Sugarbush, Crystal Mountain, and Whiteface Mountain are but a few of the ski resorts built by 10th Mountain veterans.”

Merry Christmas to all American troops at home and abroad, with great appreciation for your service and sacrifice.

Rusty Weiss of Mental Recession contributed to this story.

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