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Cookies line tables at the officer’s club ballroom during the annual Cookie Caper event at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 7, 2016.  The 2016 Cookie Caper baked more than 21,000 cookies for unaccompanied service members throughout the base during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)

Cookies line tables at the officer’s club ballroom during the annual Cookie Caper event at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 7, 2016. The 2016 Cookie Caper baked more than 21,000 cookies for unaccompanied service members throughout the base during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)

Japan Air-Self Defense Force members receive candy canes from Karri Frizzell, the Cookie Caper committee leader, during the annual event at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 7, 2016. The Cookie Caper leads also included JASDF members because they are also away from their families during the holidays. Additionally, the volunteers provided a CD of holiday music as an extra gift to the JASDF members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)

Japan Air-Self Defense Force members receive candy canes from Karri Frizzell, the Cookie Caper committee leader, during the annual event at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 7, 2016. The Cookie Caper leads also included JASDF members because they are also away from their families during the holidays. Additionally, the volunteers provided a CD of holiday music as an extra gift to the JASDF members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)

U.S. Air Force Col. R. Scott Jobe, 35th Fighter Wing commander, assists Airmen package cookies during the annual Cookie Caper event at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 7, 2016.  Preparation began two days prior when volunteers baked donated dough at the Commissary and collected baked cookies from around the Misawa community for packaging. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)

U.S. Air Force Col. R. Scott Jobe, 35th Fighter Wing commander, assists Airmen to package cookies during the annual Cookie Caper event at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 7, 2016. Preparation began two days prior when volunteers baked donated dough at the Commissary and collected baked cookies from around the Misawa community for packaging. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert Smalling, left, the 35th Medial Operations Squadron immunizations NCO in charge, and Tech. Sgt. Johnnie Powell, right, the 35th Force Support Squadron readiness and mortuary affairs NCO in charge, divide cookies during the annual Cookie Caper event at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 7, 2016. Volunteers gave more than 14,400 home-baked cookies to the event, while others donated dough to be cooked. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert Smalling, left, the 35th Medical Operations Squadron immunizations NCO in charge, and Tech. Sgt. Johnnie Powell, right, the 35th Force Support Squadron readiness and mortuary affairs NCO in charge, divide cookies during the annual Cookie Caper event at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 7, 2016. Volunteers gave more than 14,400 home-baked cookies to the event, while others donated dough to be cooked. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)

U.S. Air Force Airmen package cookies for delivery during the annual Cookie Caper event at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 7, 2016. After the cookies are divided and packaged, first sergeants and other leadership across the base hand delivered them to their units.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)

U.S. Air Force Airmen package cookies for delivery during the annual Cookie Caper event at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 7, 2016. After the cookies are divided and packaged, first sergeants and other leadership across the base hand delivered them to their units. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Tables covered with various cookies line the officer’s club ballroom, while volunteers rush around dividing and placing them on red trays for distribution.

Misawa’s annual Cookie Caper delivered delicious home-baked cookies, Dec. 7, to approximately 1,500 unaccompanied Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and members of the Japan Air-Self Defense Force.

Baking started two days prior after the Misawa community donated dough for volunteers to bake at the Commissary. The Cookie Caper committee members also took donations throughout the day proceeding the event to give other members of the community a chance to contribute.

In addition to catering to U.S. service members, the Cookie Caper committee members included the installation's Japanese counterparts.

“The Japan Air Self-Defense Force members are also here and it is important to include them in our team,” said Karri Frizzell, spouse of Chief Master Sgt. Chuck Frizzell, 35th Fighter Wing command chief, and the Cookie Caper committee leader. “They don’t move around as much as U.S. service members do, and they may not have seen their families for a long time either.”

Totaling over 21,000 cookies baked and collected, first sergeants and leadership across the AF and sister services collected the trays of treats and delivered them to their units along with holiday cards provided by the American Red Cross.

“It’s important to ensure these [service members] get a sense of home during the holiday season,” said Jessica McCollum, the Cookie Caper committee leader. “Fresh baked cookies are a common tradition and we wanted service members who are away from their own family feel welcomed into the Misawa family.”