Cookie Capers bring home Christmas cheer Published Dec. 17, 2007 By Airman 1st Class Carissa Morgan 36th Wing Public Affairs ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- For some, along with putting up holiday lights and Christmas trees, this is the time of year to kick baking into high gear. On Dec. 17 Andersen's Cookie Caper treated Airmen and deployed members by giving them festive baked goods to enjoy during the holiday season. ''We're looking at baking and packaging at least 900 dozen cookies for approximately 900 Airmen this year," said Beth Talley, wife of Col. Mark Talley, 36th Mission Support Group commander. ''We have all of Team Andersen helping on this project." Andersen's Elementary School children decorated the bags. Servicemembers donated cookies and volunteered to help package the treats. And the base commissary donated gloves and Ziploc bags. The Cookie Caper is a tradition that started many years ago and one that many bases share. ''We basically tried to make things that would remind them of home-baked cookies that their grandmothers, mothers, and aunts made," she said. ''It's the remembrance of home -- that's what we're really trying to give them."