Marine thanks community for aid |

Marine thanks community for aid

Adam Swansen and Don Miller

First of all I would like to thank everyone that supported the holiday drive that took place at Copper Mountain, throughout Summit County and in Denver for the three U.S. Marine helicopter squadrons currently serving in Iraq. The response we received from the residents in Summit County and in the Denver Metro area was fantastic.The impact we made on the Marines that couldn’t be with their families during the holiday season – when we all want to be with family and friends – was great. Speaking from personal experience, knowing that people at home are supporting you says a lot during rough times that many of us can’t even imagine. Thanks to all of you for supporting this cause and helping put smiles on many faces.Semper Fi, Adam Swansen The following is an e-mail from Sgt. Major Donald C. Miller, U.S. Marine Corps, to Steve Paccagnan, Copper general manager, in response to the supplies sent to the troops in Iraq.Steve, Just wanted to drop you a note of thanks for your thoughtful card. On behalf of the Red Dragons of Marine Helicopter Squadron 268, thank you for your loyal support! YOU all are the reason we fight, and we are honored to do so. We are tasked with the casualty evacuation mission between Fallujah and Ramadi. We’ve been here since August and should go home sometime in the spring of 2005. For most of us, it is our second tour here. My pilots and crews will go to any length, under fire, to get the wounded out to safety. As you can imagine, we have been very busy. I am very proud of my Marines here; they are an awesome group of people. May you and your family enjoy a happy new year. We are looking forward to coming home soon, and getting back to our families as well. We thank you and all the great people of our country for their tremendous support. It reminds us of why we fight and makes our job easier. Happy New Year and Semper Fidelis. Don Miller

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