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From left are Redstone Exchange general manager Sheila Enderle; Stephanie and Thomas Tucker with their granddaughter, Azaria Pearl; and Redstone main store manager Chantel Scott.

Redstone has one of the five first-place winners in a sweepstakes sponsored by the Army & Air Force Exchange Service.

Thomas Tucker received a $5,000 check Dec. 20 at the Exchange. He was among the five worldwide first-place winners in the Home for the Holidays sweepstakes, according to Conner Hammett of the public affairs office with AAFES headquarters in Dallas.

After serving 22 years in the Army, Tucker and his wife Stephanie decided to relocate to Redstone in 2002. Huntsville is the retired air defense first sergeant’s home of record; however, they currently reside in Wiesbaden, Germany, working with the Corps of Engineers Wiesbaden District. They shop at the Hainerberg Main Exchange at Wiesbaden and Ramstein Main Exchange at Ramstein Air Base.

“I thank and give God all the praise for this blessing. He is reason for the season,” Tucker, 60, from Skippers, Virginia, said of winning the sweepstakes. “We are sharing this prize with our church, gifts for grandkids and to pay off debt.”

He and Stephanie, his wife of 36 years, have a son, Frederick, 36, a daughter, Ardemise, 32, a granddaughter, Azaria Pearl, 2, and a grandson, Amil Leon, 18 months.

“Oh wow,” Stephanie said when she arrived at the Exchange for the check presentation in front of a large display with red and gold balloons. Granddaughter Azaria Pearl sat in the seat of her shopping cart.

The ceremonial check was presented by Sheila Enderle, Redstone Exchange general manager; and Chantel Scott, Redstone main store manager.

There were 10 winners total – including first place and second place from each service branch. The winners included:

Army – first place ($5,000), retired 1st Sgt. Thomas Tucker, Redstone Arsenal; second ($2,000), Sgt. Fidele Agossou, Fort Irwin, California

Air Force – first place ($5,000), A1C Angela Ospina, Aviano, Italy; second ($2,000), Nevardo Cayemitte, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida

Marine Corps – first place ($5,000), Sgt. Jerry Pierre, Camp Foster, Okinawa; second ($2,000), retired Staff Sgt. Thomas Kelley, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii

Navy – first place ($5,000), Chief Warrant Officer John Luscan, NEX Jacksonville, Friday; second ($2,000), retired Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Kelly, NEX Whidbey, Florida

Coast Guard – first place ($5,000), retired Petty Officer 1st Class Barry Atkinson, Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana; second ($2,000), retired Chief Warrant Officer Victor Tran, Fort Meade, Maryland

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