Vandenberg children have "Breakfast with Santa"

Alex Ammons, dependent of Master Sgt. Charles Ammons of the Mission Support Squadron, gets a treat from Santa after giving him his wish list at the Breakfast with Santa event December 16, 2006, at Vandenberg's Pacific Coast Club.  Alex was one of more than 1500 children and their parents in attendance.  The event is sponsored by the 30th Services Division annually and is open to all Vandenberg families.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicole Roberts)

Alex Ammons, dependent of Master Sgt. Charles Ammons of the Mission Support Squadron, gets a treat from Santa after giving him his wish list at the Breakfast with Santa event December 16, 2006, at Vandenberg's Pacific Coast Club. Alex was one of more than 1500 children and their parents in attendance. The event is sponsored by the 30th Services Division annually and is open to all Vandenberg families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicole Roberts)

Kristin and Angie Brown, dependants of Tech.l Sgt. Jeff Brown, 30th Operations Support Squadron, make a necklace during the Breakfast with Santa event December 16, 2006, in Vandenberg's Pacific Coast Club.  Arts and crafts is one of the many events that took place as more than 1500 children and their parents filled the club for the 30th Services Division Sponsored event.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephanie Longoria)

Kristin and Angie Brown, dependants of Tech.l Sgt. Jeff Brown, 30th Operations Support Squadron, make a necklace during the Breakfast with Santa event December 16, 2006, in Vandenberg's Pacific Coast Club. Arts and crafts is one of the many events that took place as more than 1500 children and their parents filled the club for the 30th Services Division Sponsored event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephanie Longoria)

Senior Airman Casey Anderson, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron, along with his wife Dani and daughter Kylie, record a holiday greeting for a deployed friend during the Breakfast with Santa even December 16, 2006, in Vandenberg's Pacific Coast Club.  The greeting will be posted on the Service's website for deployed members to view before Christmas.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephanie Longoria)

Senior Airman Casey Anderson, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron, along with his wife Dani and daughter Kylie, record a holiday greeting for a deployed friend during the Breakfast with Santa even December 16, 2006, in Vandenberg's Pacific Coast Club. The greeting will be posted on the Service's website for deployed members to view before Christmas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephanie Longoria)

Devin Pitman, dependent of Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Pitman of the 533rd Training Squadron, concentrates on his snowman paddle in the craft room at the Breakfast with Santa event December 16, 2006, in Vandenberg's Pacific Coast Club.  Devin was one of more than 1500 children and their parents in attendance.  The event is sponsored by the 30th Services Division annually and is open to all Vandenberg families.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicole Roberts)

Devin Pitman, dependent of Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Pitman of the 533rd Training Squadron, concentrates on his snowman paddle in the craft room at the Breakfast with Santa event December 16, 2006, in Vandenberg's Pacific Coast Club. Devin was one of more than 1500 children and their parents in attendance. The event is sponsored by the 30th Services Division annually and is open to all Vandenberg families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicole Roberts)

Mekenzie Rafael, dependent of Staff Sgt. Robert Rafael of the 30th Civil Engineering Squadron, stares down the serving line in awe at the amount of food available at the Breakfast with Santa event December 16, 2006, in Vandenberg's Pacific Coast Club.  Mekenzie was one of more than 1500 children and their parents in attendance.  The event is sponsored by the 30th Services Division annually and is open to all Vandenberg families.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicole Roberts)

Mekenzie Rafael, dependent of Staff Sgt. Robert Rafael of the 30th Civil Engineering Squadron, stares down the serving line in awe at the amount of food available at the Breakfast with Santa event December 16, 2006, in Vandenberg's Pacific Coast Club. Mekenzie was one of more than 1500 children and their parents in attendance. The event is sponsored by the 30th Services Division annually and is open to all Vandenberg families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicole Roberts)

Airman Chris Herridge, 532nd Training Squadron, applies a removable tattoo to the arm of Dominic Daigle dependant of Senior Airman Shane Daigle, 576th Flight Test Squadron, at the Breakfast with Santa event December 16, 2006, in Vandenberg's Pacific Coast Club. More than 1500 children and their families filled the club for the 30th Services Division sponsored event.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephanie Longoria)

Airman Chris Herridge, 532nd Training Squadron, applies a removable tattoo to the arm of Dominic Daigle dependant of Senior Airman Shane Daigle, 576th Flight Test Squadron, at the Breakfast with Santa event December 16, 2006, in Vandenberg's Pacific Coast Club. More than 1500 children and their families filled the club for the 30th Services Division sponsored event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephanie Longoria)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- It was all smiles and holiday spirits Saturday at the Pacific Coast Club here when more than 1,500 children and their families showed up to have "Breakfast with Santa."

The entirely free event was sponsored by the 30th Services Division, Vandenberg Thrift Shop, USAA and the Vandenberg Spouses Club and was open to all Vandenberg families.

"This is a great event in which the families here at Vandenberg get to come out and have an enjoyable holiday experience without incurring any hit to the wallet," said Mick Szymanski, 30th Services director.

Participants were able to enjoy several events including bingo, arts and crafts, and door prizes. Children were also able to get their picture taken with Santa and let him know their Christmas wishes.

"I liked seeing Santa," said 4-year-old Rylee MacDonald. "He was funny."

All this also included a breakfast buffet with eggs, French toast, sausage, bacon and fruit.

A new event experience was the video holiday greetings from families of deployed members.

"This is something new for us," Mr. Szymanski said. "We will be videotaping families and posting the greeting on the (30th Services Division) www.30svs.com website. Our deployed members should be able to see the messages by Dec. 20."

"This is another event in which the families of Vandenberg have the opportunity to come together for an enjoyable time in celebration of the holiday season," said Col. Jack Weinstein, 30th Space Wing commander. "The 30th Services Division continues to take care of the Vandenberg community by putting together outstanding events for our families to enjoy year round."