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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 by Airman 1st Class Kia Atkins)

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)

Shannon Royals, Girl Scout Troop 46 troop leader, and her daughters place peanut butter cookies on a cookie sheet during the base’s annual Cookie Caper at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 10, 2012. This year, the commissary opened up their doors and let volunteers use their ovens to help shorten the amount of time it takes to bake 31,800 cookies. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kia Atkins)

Shannon Royals, Girl Scout Troop 46 troop leader, and her daughters place peanut butter cookies on a cookie sheet during the base’s annual Cookie Caper at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 10, 2012. This year, the commissary opened up their doors and let volunteers use their ovens to help shorten the amount of time it takes to bake 31,800 cookies. (U.S Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kia Atkins)

Matthew Whittaker, Defense Commissary Agency commissary officer, puts cookies in the oven during the base’s annual Cookie Caper at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 10, 2012. The commissary made an agreement with cookie caper volunteers that if they came with their cookie dough prepared, the commissary would provide the workspace, tables, baking sheets and oven. A total of 164 dozen cookies were baked at the commissary, which added to the base’s total of 2,650 dozen cookies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kia Atkins)

Matthew Whittaker, Defense Commissary Agency commissary officer, puts cookies in the oven during the base’s annual Cookie Caper at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 10, 2012. The commissary made an agreement with cookie caper volunteers that if they came with their cookie dough prepared, the commissary would provide the workspace, tables, baking sheets and oven. A total of 164 dozen cookies were baked at the commissary, which added to the base’s total of 2,650 dozen cookies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kia Atkins)

Jasmine Chandler, Cookie Caper volunteer, packages cookies during the base’s annual Cookie Caper at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 11, 2012. Base community members and volunteers baked, donated and packaged a variety of cookies, which were delivered to single, unaccompanied servicemembers unable to spend the holiday season with their families. Each cookie tray included a holiday card from well-wishers. The event, sponsored by the Misawa Officers’ and Enlisted Spouses’ Clubs, gathered a total of 31,800 cookies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kia Atkins)

Jasmine Chandler, Cookie Caper volunteer, packages cookies during the base’s annual Cookie Caper at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 11, 2012. Base community members and volunteers baked, donated and packaged a variety of cookies, which were delivered to single, unaccompanied servicemembers unable to spend the holiday season with their families. Each cookie tray included a holiday card from well-wishers. The event, sponsored by the Misawa Officers’ and Enlisted Spouses’ Clubs, gathered a total of 31,800 cookies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kia Atkins)

Each year, volunteers ask the Misawa community to bake sweets for distribution to single and unaccompanied service members on the base. This year, Misawa Air Base’s annual Cookie Caper pulled in 31,800 cookies, which would be delivered to the service members by their first sergeants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kia Atkins)

Each year, volunteers ask the Misawa community to bake sweets for distribution to single and unaccompanied service members on the base. This year, Misawa Air Base’s annual Cookie Caper pulled in 31,800 cookies, which would be delivered to the service members by their first sergeants. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kia Atkins)

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.
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