|The contents of many Care Packages laid out in our mini mess hall - gone in two days!|
@ Helen C. and the great Virgin Angels in SF, CA: Dola, Doreen, Andrew, Joe, Nina, Grace, Tiera, Ashley, Rob, Andre, Dustin and Kristin (I hope I got you all). Your letters are greatly appreciated and the snacks you send I tend to keep mostly to myself but I shared the great DVDs - our USO is going to have a "Mad Men" marathon thanks to you all. I just got a letter today from Damian; best wishes for a Merry Miami Holiday!
@ Logan G. of London (very close to Corbin!), KY: Thank you for your letter; you have good hand writing for an 11 year old. I am not married and do not have any children but I do get to spend some time with children on Sundays at the Cat in the Hat Language Arts Center here at Bagram; there are kids about your age who are learning English. Unfortunately, I do not know how to play Xbox 360 so when I get bored I tend to read a book on my Kindle. The type of gun I have is called an M-249; I understand you are very curious about whether I have been shot at or if I have shot someone - it seems that is a common question from guys your age (and all ages) - but it isn't something most Soldiers like to talk about. I can promise you it is nothing like TV or the movies. It is getting cold here; yucky and muddy but sometimes we get some clear skies with the sun glistening on the surrounding mountains for a beautiful view. The Afghanistan money is called Afghanis with one US Dollar equaling about 50 Afghanis; I will see about mailing you some real Afghanis.
@ Soldiers' Angel Lori W. of Katy, TX: Tell your 76 year old Dad his card did make me smile. I haven't seen the Gangnam Style dance yet but I am sure it is good exercise and hope your lupus does not keep you from practicing. Thank you for your efforts in writing to deployed Soldiers.
@ Operation Buckeye and Susan, Kathleen H., Maria S., David, Mary and Daniel J., Robin and Dan S., and Stephen G.: The Care Packages you sent were great; the picture above is where I sorted the snacks into different boxes in our mini-mess hall where a couple hundred Soldiers eat lunch each day - everything was gone in less than two days!
@ Soldiers' Angel Leslie S. of Mill Hall, PA: Thank you for being a troop-supporter since 2006! It is great you take time from being a full-time college student and Mom to write to Soldiers; as a member of a large military family I know you know how much it means to Soldiers to receive mail.
@ American Legion Auxiliary, San Anselmo Unit 179 of San Anselmo, CA: Thank you Jan, Edna, Debra, Lauren, Ellen and Girl Scouts of Northern California (Troops 32053 and 30729) for the fantastic Holiday Stockings (and very nice home-made snowy holiday cards)! My favorites were the almonds and beef jerky but the shaving gel was greatly appreciated as our PX here in Bagram ran out some time ago. Also, the hand/feet warmers were just on time, too; with the weather getting pretty chilly in the evenings, the Soldiers on gate guard duty were very grateful.
@ Estes Family of League City, TX: The home-made cross necklaces were given to Soldiers who were happy to wear them and the Christmas decorations were used to decorate the "Rats Nest" a small Morale Welfare and Recreation building where Soldiers go to shoot pool, play ping-pong and relax. Thank you very much for sending so much holiday cheer.
@ Karen D. of Simi Valley, CA: Thank you and the kids for the great drawings; if you look at the picture above, you can just make out one of the drawings where they are decorating the walls of our mini mess hall. The books were taken to the Cat in the Hat and the snacks were quickly gobbled-up.
@Anne W. of Cedar Rapids, IA: Thank you for the Snoopy Letter; we heard all about Hurricane Sandy and hope everything is back to normal. Our unit did not do much particularly special for Halloween but there were some ghost and goblin decorations as well as candy shared with everyone.