I hope you and your crew are doing well. My apologies again for the belated note and pictures.
Please pass along our sincere thanks to all of your volunteers. As usual, we were overwhelmed by the generosity and well wishes. It’s nice to know that folks at home are thinking of us. Many of the service members are on their second, if not third, deployment, so it’s nice to have the comforts of home. My office has the honor of receiving and distributing the boxes that come our way. The bounty was shared across the camp and many boxes of toiletries and snacks were deposited at the USO. The blankets, hats and gloves were very welcome and quickly appropriated, especially as winter is fast approaching.
I personally had a great time passing out the numerous Christmas stockings and thanking the US military for their service. It’s fun to watch these men and women transform from tough military professionals to kids with the biggest smiles when they see a box of cookies or a Christmas stocking. You have made our holiday season so much brighter and your thoughtfulness is inspiring to all of us.
I am attaching two pictures of some of the happy faces from when the first wave of boxes hit including “The Fonz” pose, inspired by Matt Damon in the film The Martian. As you can see from the other photo, one of the Christmas trees was quickly adopted and decorated. I wish I had a picture to share of my office with the holiday cards strung from wall to wall. Just for fun, I included a photo of “stockings hung by the wire with care.”
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of what you do and what you share with the US military.
As I mentioned previously, I will be re-deploying in mid-Jan and I’d like to hand off the torch to my roommate, Lt Col Julie .
Wishing you a happy holiday season!
|“The Fonz” pose, inspired by Matt Damon in the film The Martian|
|The “stockings hung by the wire with care.”|
|The Christmas trees was quickly adopted and decorated!|