From Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen at undisclosed locations in Afghanistan:
I just wanted let you know that the platoon is doing great over here in Afghanistan. We are training hard, and having fun. We really appreciate all of the support that we have received from you guys. Thank you so much
Ms. Mader and Ms. Beck; Greetings from Isa Air Base, Bahrain. My name is Commander Lou and I am the Air Operations Officer. I'm relatively new here, but have come to learn that many of the stateside care packages come from the great state of New York, and no doubt can be traced back to your direct involvement. In particular, Doc K, your latest batch of goodies is flying off the shelves here. Aside from thanking you, I thought you should know that many of the folks working here are New Yorkers, from the VMGR-452 Squadron out of Stewart ANGB. All of you, as well as so many thoughtful and patriotic Americans across the country, do so much to boost the morale and spirits of those of us deployed overseas. We at Isa Air Base Operations (Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines) sincerely thank you. Very respectfully, CDR Lou and senior leadership
We received the Christmas Tree you sent us and we are very excited about it. We work in Uruzgan province in the public affairs shop and we are starting to do our holiday messages for all of our Australian and American soldiers over here. The tree will be decorated and used as a back drop for the holiday video messages. Everyone keeps asking how you all were able to send a live tree here? They are also envious because at this point there have been minimal Christmas decorations around here. I promise that we will put it to good use for the units. Sometimes the soldiers feel like people forget about what is going on over here and we want you to know how much we appreciate the support you provide and the time you spend out of your schedules to give/show the troops your love & gratitude. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Thank you so much for the Christmas Trees! All I can say is "Wow". What an awesome piece of home to have while we are here.
Alpha Battery would like to wish you a Happy Holidays and express our gratitude for the generosity that you have shown by adopting our Platoon.
We have received the Beautiful Tree. There are not many plants or trees here so we enjoyed the tree very much. It brings a touch of home to the dry desert.
On behalf of Victory Chapel, we would graciously like to extend a warm thank you for your donation of a Christmas Tree, which is being used in our airmen ministry center. Your love and support continues to have a profound impact on those in uniform. It is individuals such as you who allow our troops to serve the mission with great spirit and high morale. Again, thank you for your continued and selfless support.
Thanks for your generous donation of Christmas Trees for our unit. The thoughtfulness you displayed and the cheer you provided for our team members is unmatched. We are truly grateful to be able to provide a little bit of home to our deployed members and you helped in that effort. We have decorated one tree and we were able to donate the other one to another unit on base that didn't have one so your joy and thoughtfulness was able to be shared by them as well. We look forward to your continued support and please send our thanks to your team.
Thank you for sponsoring our Soldiers from 2-15 FA during upcoming Afghanistan deployment.
You have seriously made this deployment an amazing one
for me! We've received at
least double the boxes we normally do so our routine has been work
all day for the clinic and then work all night for the care package
items. We've been exhausted but in the best way possible!
A big THANK YOU goes out to the Blue Star Mothers from the Canandaigua area! Eric said that all the guys loved the tree and you! Thank you for sending it over.
On behalf of the men and women of the 379th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for all the wonderful gifts you sent us in your care packages! You definitely spoiled us with all the goodies you sent and trust me we enjoyed every last one of them! The care packages were wonderful, but what means even more is the love and support you guys have given us. There is no other country like ours and with the support we get from people such as you it is definitely our pleasure to serve. I've attached a picture we took recently of our squadron so you can have something to remember us by. We will all be coming home and swapping out over the next few weeks but like I said, it's been an honor to be here. Again, thank you for everything and take care!
Just wanted to pass along this wonderful picture my son sent me after receiving his tree. He was out on a mission when it arrived and "his guys" set it for him, up at the foot of his bed! Nice surprise; he loved it. Thank you and the others in the Chapter for making it happen!
All my team mates received the trees -- they're going to make sure they thank you and the organizations who put such hard work and effort, and love, into sending us all the gifts. We are so grateful and fortunate. One team, my team at FOB ..., had the engineers there build a tree stand. And, all the visitors who go into their office have to put up a Christmas ornament -- this makes them feel as if they're part of decorating the tree..... a holiday touch of home. The trees - it's all good -- they're real and they smell so fresh like Christmas should. we are so happy and others get crafty and have made their own decorations. we are sharing with the PAX terminal where all can see.
wow.. I got the two REAL trees.. and they were from BSM! they mentioned something about a "party in a box" that would be on the way.. Thank you blue star moms.. your support is overwhelming. When you've already gone through so much, to still take care of us is amazing. Peace and blessings to you all!
From 980th Engineer Battalion:
This is our farewell letter more>..
From Murphy Funeral Services:
Everyone at Murphy Funeral Homes would like to thank you for all your support at the services for SFC Metcalfe. The community showed a lot of compassion towards the family. Again, we thank you. Wayne T. Brophy
From Mercy Flight:
...airlifted more than 1000 area Veterans.. .more>...
From Gary Sinise Foundation:
On behalf of the Gary Sinise Foundation, I want to thank you for your generous gift more>...
From SSgt Belleau:
We received the very large care package for our troops. Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness. Please send a thank you to all the fourth graders who sent personal cards to our troops, as they were very heartwarming and colorful! Your support of our troops in Afghanistan is greatly appreciated. It is always a blessing to know that the people back in the states are thinking of us. The support we're given from caring people such as you help us to carry on through the challenging days we face here. God bless you.
SSgt Ryan Belleau, Hospital Chapel Staff, Craig Joint Theatre Hospital
From SPC So, 528th:
Got a huge box from the Blue Star Mom's. Thanks a bunch. I can tell that those who contributed have done this before. Easily, the most well thought out care package I have ever received. Thanks for all that the Mom's do, your support makes it easier for us to be here. DaveO
From Sarah Suniga via Lois Gustafson:
Hi Everyone ... whoa, you must have really sent great boxes to Sarah for taking care of the troops! Right after I sent out her needs to you, she left on a tour of her outlying bases and has just returned., What a grand lady, and brave to be traveling into the battle during major fighting season. As you see in her letter below, we're getting the troops healthier, fed, shaved and all that goes with a lift in morale. When morale falters, casualties rise. I hope you'll consider another box now and then, Sarah's tour is through the end of this year. We may be asked to supply her replacement team; when one person or team leaves, the war and it's accompanying needs don't end.
From SPC So, 528th:
I wanted to say thank you for the box of great items, especially the Christmas tree. We put it out in front of our office.
From 3/3 RDF Females:
Thank you very much for sending the female toiletries. We were absolutely surprised and excited to receive it! You don't know how thankful we are! So thank you with all our love and hearts from Iraq.
3/3 RDF Females
From SRA Jessica Wilson:
Thank you for your kind donation to the hospital. Your donations are greatly appreciated by the wounded soldiers, hospital workers and local Afghanistans. Thank you for supporting your military members!
SRA Jessica Wilson
From Legacy at The Fairways:
Thank you for having us as your first guests (at the 'Canteen'). It was fun to have coffee and hear
more of your stories. You ladies are amazing and we appreciate what you do?
Your friends at Legacy at the Fairways
From SFC Amy L Mueller:
On behalf of the Soldiers in my unit, I would like to thank all of the members for sending us care packages. It is very much appreciated and means a lot to us.
Thank you again,
SFC Amy L Mueller
...this weekend I received a wonderful gift from you, delivered by some great friends
from Western New York...
I want to thank you for your thoughts and prayers...and the quilt is a very special treat..THANK YOU...my experience in Baghdad (rocket explosion on 29 April o8) has left me with two wounded legs...but with a lot of work, discipline and faith, I hope to walk again in the next year or so...
From the bottom of my heart, thanks again, Michael
From Joan Sullivan:
We just got 10 awesome boxes of things for Soldiers. It was absolutely incredible. One of the HQ Soldiers brought
them down from the clinic in a little truck. The medics then went out and got them and they looked like the 7
dwarves going off to work bringing in all the packages. They were amazed! I am in the process of getting the things
out to the different hospitals and clinics where we have Soldiers. Please thank the members of your group for their
kindness. This will be a huge morale booster for our Soldiers.
Thanks again for your generosity. You are making a huge difference to our Soldiers,
COL, MCTask Force Surgeon>
Thank you and your organization for the awesome care packages! Everyone here loved them so much! I think that I gained a few
pounds with all of the candy, but I don't really care. Things are good here. Still been slow, which is awesome. The weather is
sooo hot. I now know what 140 degrees feels like, and I don't really like it. I must get back to work now, but I want to thank
Talk to you later,