Osan spouse helps decorate Biden and AF chief of staff’s homes

by Nicole White
Stripes Korea

For the third year in row, Nicole White was invited back to Washington DC to decorate for the Vice President of the United States. 

White is a civilian employee who works for the 7 AF Commander executive team and the wife of James White who is an active duty member of the 303rd Intelligence Squadron.  However, this trip was a bit different than the last year.  When General David Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the Air Force and his lovely wife, Dawn Goldfein, heard Nicole decorated the White House and the vice president's residence, they invited her to design and lead the team at "Air House".

Nicole left for Washington D.C. and Virginia the week of Thanksgiving. She worked tirelessly from the time she landed in Washington D.C., until it was time to head back to Osan Air Base.  

Each year, the team decorating the White House meet on Thanksgiving evening and get to know each other.  They are separated into teams and start making the decorations for the White House. It takes at least 5 days to complete the decorations. The Vice President's decorating team meets and starts on Saturday and finishes on Sunday. It is a much shorter turn around for the VP residence.

This year the vice president and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden had a team of over 60 volunteers. Carlos Elizondo the Social Secretary for the Biden's was instrumental again this year, confirming White's participation for the 3rd year in row.  This is the final year for the Biden's in the VP Residence and the volunteers did an amazing job making the residence shine. 

White was assigned to decorate the Foyer dedicated to the Armed Forces.  Every year she has decorated The White House or the Vice President's residence, the Armed Services is the room she has the honor to serve as volunteer. 

Once White completed the foyer, she made her way to the formal living room and assisted in decorating a live 20-foot tree.  The colors were vibrate and gave the room a fantastic holiday feeling.  White and Elizondo said their goodbye's, but not for the last time, just until next time. It was a blessing and a true honor to have been granted the privilege to help design and decorate our nation’s capital.

White made her way to Air House Monday morning and was greeted by Dawn Goldfein. Goldfein and White discussed the designs and colors for the residence.  Mrs. Goldfein choose traditional colors this year: rich reds, bold greens, vibrant golds with a touch of glitter. However, the "Air Force Tree" was completely covered in blue, silver, and white. Six trees were used throughout the residence, anchoring the many additional decorations throughout the residence.  

The mantel in the formal living area was completely covered with live greens accented with various touches of the traditional colors with ornaments, floral pics and ribbon.  The team lined the shrubbery around the home with warm white lights, each window was covered with a lush green wreath, and the center window was adourned with a Silver "AF". 

The Air House had a very small team and worked throughout the week to complete the designs. White had the pleasure of working with 3 spouses from the Fort Meyers' area.  White was humbled to work with Goldfein and her staff and was elated when Goldfein asked her to come back November 2017.

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