By Cleve Bryan
MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J., (CBS) — Addressing a packed aircraft hanger, President Barack Obama gave troops at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst a holiday thank you.
“We can gather with family and friends because you’re willing to hug yours goodbye and step forward to serve,” said Obama, “you never stop serving, you never stop giving. You guys are like Santa in fatigues.”
The President last visited the base during the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. This trip comes two weeks prior to completion of America’s 13 year combat mission in Afghanistan.
“There are people here who have lost really good friends, patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice, including 54 fallen heroes from this base who we will honor forever,” said Obama.
In January there will be only about 11,000 troops left in Afghanistan and half that by the end of next year.
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