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Cookie Caper brings goodies
Jessica Caisse and her daughter scoop cookie dough into balls during the base’s annual Cookie Caper at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 10, 2012. Caisse and her daughter were Cookie Caper volunteers for Girl Scout Troop 46. Girl Scout Troop 46 made a total of 41 dozen cookies, which added to the base’s overall total of 31,800. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kia Atkins)
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Cookie Caper brings the goodies

Posted 12/12/2012   Updated 12/12/2012 Email story   Print story


by Airman 1st Class Kia Atkins
35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

12/12/2012 - MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- The smell of 31,800 cookies emanated from the Misawa Club Complex as Cookie Caper volunteers packaged up cookies to be delivered to single, unaccompanied service members by their first sergeants, Dec. 11, 2012.

"I think the Cookie Caper is great," said Senior Master Sgt. Randy Farless, 35th Security Forces Squadron first sergeant. "It gives the single, unaccompanied service members at Misawa a taste of home. It's like a thank you for the sacrifices they make the whole year."

With help from the Defense Commissary Agency, the cookie baking process was streamlined as they opened their doors to Cookie Caper volunteers to use their ovens to bake as many cookies as they could in a day.

"The agreement was that participants needed to come with their cookie dough prepared and we would provide the work space, tables, baking sheets and of course the oven," said Matthew Whittaker, Defense Commissary Agency commissary officer. "Three groups signed up for a three hour time slot, and they came over with tons of homemade cookie dough and were prepared to crank out some cookies."

And crank out cookies they did. At the commissary alone, volunteers baked 1,968 cookies, which added to the base's total of 31,800 cookies.

"The holidays are such a family-oriented time of year and it's hard being so far away from home, so I think this is one small way for us to come together and be a big family and spread the holiday cheer," said Terri Laurent, Cookie Caper chairperson.

12/12/2012 5:58:34 PM ET
anddddd thats the way the cookie crumbles good piece Atkins. really good job at highlighting the importance of community with an informitive spin on how big of a project this really was oh and i ate my cookies yesterday. they were delicious
jake, msiawa
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