Service members deployed to Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, clap and cheer as they prepare to view first showing of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” here, Dec. 22, 2015. The Army & Air Force Exchange Service partnered with Walt Disney Studios to give service members a chance to see the movie in a deployed location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Cloys)

The holidays will be a little brighter for troops serving in the Middle East as the Army & Air Force Exchange Service will team with The Walt Disney Studios to bring “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” to service members in Afghanistan, Iraq and Jordan.

Troops will be able to see the highly anticipated film during its initial run, continuing the Exchange’s longstanding commitment to bring first-run movies to troops deployed overseas.

The film will premiere on Dec. 16 in Baghdad, Iraq, and Bagram, Afghanistan. Additional showings in Iraq will follow at Union III on Dec. 17, Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center on Dec. 18, Erbil on Dec. 19, Taji on Dec. 20 and Al Asad on Dec. 22. The movie will also screen at the King Abdullah Special Operations Training Center in Jordan on Dec. 18.

“We are thrilled to provide our service members a taste of home by bringing them this movie the same day it opens in the United States,” said U.S. Army Col. Geoff De Tingo, Exchange Europe Region Commander. “Last year’s screening of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ for deployed troops was very well received. We are excited to once again be able to offer a much-needed break from the harsh day-to-day reality these service members face while on deployment.”



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