Summit County, Rotary thanked by troops for care packages
Editor’s note: The following are letters from U.S. service members with Summit County connections stationed overseas. The Summit County Rotary’s Troop Support Program sends regular care packages to these troops. Donations to support this effort would be gratefully received at Summit County Rotary Charitable Fund, PO Box 4401, Frisco, CO 80443. Checks should be marked “Troop Support Program” and are deductible, as SCRCF is a 501 (c) 3.
Hi, Thanks for the package. I am enjoying it as I type. I’m doing OK here. This is to be expected. This is my second tour in Afghanistan. I have been serving in the Army for 23 years. It has been good to me but I will retire after I get back home. That was nice of Myra to recommend me to your support group. I have been taking care of families of fallen soldiers and retired soldiers for the past three years. But thanks again for the package.Second letter:Just wanted you to know that I received all eight packages and Christmas went well. We got snow for the first time yesterday morning. I have been pretty busy lately but that’s a good thing. Time goes faster when I’m working but other than that I’m doing good. I will be taking my R&R leave in April. I am looking forward to it. It feels like I have been here for six months already but just 2-1/2 months. Hopefully things will speed up after New Years. Thank you and the Rotary Club for everything and hope to hear from you soon.Third letter:Hi, I hope you and your family are fine and well. I’m doing OK, just a little cold here. The rain has come for the month of February. It should start warming up in March. I received the three packages yesterday. Thanks again. Loved the sunflower seeds. Tell all the Rotary Club members I say hello and thanks. Ernest , US Army, AfghanistanResponse from Rotary: We told him that we would make sure that Myra who always packs his boxes remembers to put in sunflower seeds! Also, we asked him if there were any other things he especially liked so that we could include those, too.
(From Logan’s father)He said he loves driving the rigs … no one else in his unit wants to drive them. He said the windows are so small that it’s like driving a semi while looking through a peep hole. He mentioned that the poor visibility was the cause of him driving over the latrine inside his outpost (the latrine is a 55-gallon drum with a 2×12 with a hole in it over the top of the drum) with the MRAP. Apparently he was pretty unpopular for a while after that event … their outpost is small and packed with tents, so you can imagine the consequences of that mishap.He asked me to thank everyone that has sent him packages … actually, he refers to it as sending his company packages, because he’s gotten so many that he shares them not just with his platoon but with the whole company. He said all the guys are planning on moving to Colorado because they think everyone in Colorado must be really cool for sending so much stuff. Logan’s Dad (Logan is in Afghanistan)
Thank you for the care packages you have sent, everything you sent has been great! I shared all the contents with the rest of my office and it was a feeding frenzy. It is obvious this isn’t the first time you sent out one of these. All the toiletry items were an especially big hit among everyone. All is well here. Our unit is the Iraq Train and Advisory Mission – Air (ITAM-Air) and we are the Air Force arm of the advise, train and assist mission here in Iraq. I personally work with the Iraqi Air Force Operations staff, advising their leadership on training and equipping the IqAF. We have advisors doing everything from the Air Staff, to flying Mi-17s with the Army Aviation Command, to teaching their officers how to run safety programs. All in all, it is a very fascinating mission to be a part of. Again, thanks so much for thinking of us. It is always great to be reminded of the great support I have at home! I hope all is well in Colorado and winter is not becoming too dreary… I’ve heard of all the snow you have this year! Wow!Peter, in Iraq
Hi, it’s me, Shelby, and I’m still doing my thing over here in Afghanistan. I just wanted to thank everyone at the Rotary Club of Summit County for sending all the care packages. One of my friends already wrote a letter to the kids from Summit Middle School. I’ll see about getting some pictures of my fellow soldiers and me opening the packages. I don’t know how many you all sent, but I have received four so far. Thanks again for all your support!Shelby, in Afghanistan
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