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Military and Community Join Together at Ellington for Tree Planting

December 3, 2012

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  The tree that was planted on November 30, 2012 at Ellington Airport will be used in the future as an airport "holiday tree."
Senior military and civilian officials south of Houston joined together at Ellington Airport on November 30, 2012 for a special tree planting ceremony.

The ceremony was designed to highlight the spirit of cooperation that exists between community leaders in the Bay Area and members of the U.S. Army Reserve’s 75th Mission Command Training Command.

“While military installations have to be gated, our shared community has to transcend that,” said Major General Jimmie Jaye Wells. “Today’s planting will help with that goal.”

Once the tree is grown to an adequate size, the plan is to use it as the site of an annual holiday tree lighting ceremony.

Key community leaders would join Major General Wells and members of his staff at the site to reflect on the accomplishments of the prior year and to flip the switch on the holiday lights in celebration the season.

Ellington Airport, the military presence there and the surrounding area are all experiencing a period of unprecedented growth. Major General Wells says he’s hopeful that the tree will also serve as a reminder that growth is compatible with a strong environmental commitment. 
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