Today my platoon received several care packages from your fine organization. I want to say thank you on behalf of the Mortar Platoon (info redacted) in Afghanistan. We are truly grateful for your kindness, caring nature, and good will. Once again, thank you and happy holidays. Jeremy, 12-14
Dear Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon Team, I am currently deployed onboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70). The ship is conducting operations in the Arabian Gulf in support of OPERATON INHERENT RESOLVE. I am writing to thank you, and your many volunteers, for the boxes you graciously sent to the Sailors in my department. Your kindness and generosity have helped bring a little piece of home to them this holiday season. It also reminds them that people care about the sacrifices they, and their families, make day-after-day. If you are interested in seeing the Sailors that your gifts have supported, I invite you to "LIKE" the CARL VINSON Facebook page. You will be able to get a glimpse of day-to-day life throughout our deployment. Once again "Thank You" for your continued support, and I wish all of you a safe and happy holiday season. Fair winds and following seas, LCDR Y, Deck Department Head, Dec 5, 2014
Team AaSP, On behalf of all 200 Combat Systems Sailors onboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70), I would like to extend my appreciation for all of your efforts. Being away from home from the holidays is never easy, and knowing that there are people back home who care makes a big difference. It's things like this that make our Nation so great. I have enclosed a picture of the end result of your labors. God Bless and have a safe and eventful Holiday Season. Very respectfully, Tim, COMBAT SYSTEMS DEPARTMENT, Dec 6, 2014
We just wanted to let all of you know that we received the care package full of all the goodies! Wow, everything in the box is going to come to great use while we are out here on the big blue! It really is a huge help when we receive things that you can normally just drive down the street to get. We all won’t have to worry for quite some time about having to get more of the daily necessities that we all use and need on a daily basis. So thank all of you again for the kind donations sent to us, they do not go unnoticed.On behalf of HSM-73 Aircrew ShopHSM-73 BattleCats December 6, 2014
On behalf of my division onboard the USS Carl Vinson, we would like to thank you for the products you provided to us. I cannot imagine the time and dedication you demonstrated in your efforts to recognize us. This has a meaning to us that is hard to put into words. We are extremely grateful of organizations such as yours and your thoughtfulness provides us a tremendous lift in our spirits. Again thank you very much for your products and for remembering us during this holiday season. Very Respectfully,LS1 (SCW) G, Dec 4, 2014
The case of bar-b-que sauce arrived today, on the last mail call of the deployment! How cool is that?! The sauce is outstanding! I am going to give it to my Culinary Specialists (CSs) in the Chiefs' Mess to see what they can do with it. V/r, CMC, USS George H W Bush (CVN-77), 28 October 2014
Many thanks for the Keurig machine. Definitely a welcome addition to our command post- now I can work the staff twice as hard by fueling them with caffeine! The Soldiers of Alpha Company 2/113th Infantry and the 3rd Platoon 269th MP Co TN National Guard thank you and the team for taking the time to support us and our fellow Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen. Always great to have contact with home. Very respectfully, Patrick, the Middle East, 20 Oct 2014
The box of Peeps was a HIT!! Thank You so much for what you all do, this was the perfect capper to a day when I was walking around to the shops and handing them out to the Sailors. I was so happy being a Philadelphia boy seeing the letter from Fair Lawn, NJ. Brought me back home for a bit. My Chiefs and I were having a discussion of home and what we missed the most and I brought up Tasty Kakes, along with the peeps. Again THANK YOU for ALL that you do!! And when I get the pictures I will send them out of the Sailors enjoying the Peeps!! V/R Shane, CMC the "Cougars", 20 October 2014
My name is 1LT Brian W and I am the mortar platoon leader for (unit name redacted) here in Afghanistan. I wanted to send you an email to thank you for sending us the care packages that included the coffee, razors, jerky, and tuna. The guys who currently manning our gun line are tearing through the jerky right now. Much of our job consists of being able to provide indirect fire support for patrols outside the wire and we are located a good distance from the cafeteria so the snacks are greatly appreciated. Thank you for what you do as it is nice to know we are not forgotten.10-5-14 AFG
Greetings from Kabul, Afghanistan. We received the care package you sent to us and I would like to thank you and your group for your generosity and thoughtfulness. We always appreciate the support you've provided us. It means a lot to us. COL Bob G, 20 Sept 2014
Thank you again for another care package. US personnel quickly consumed it. Support like yours from home makes the time go a little more quickly here. Rick A, AFG, 2 Sept 2014
Hello from Afghanistan! Our team has received your awesome care packages and would like to say THANKS!!!! Things are getting sparse here as the US continues to retrograde, so even as this comes to an end the care packages we receive are as appreciated as ever! We are in the Eastern part of the country, assigned to a (redacted). I know you all support us at home but I'd like to remind everyone that as Hollywood stars commit suicide and a 2 ** gets killed, EVERY DAY here Soldiers & Sailors are dying and stepping on IEDs losing limbs. Not to be a downer but please know that t means the world to us that we have your support! Never forget, Cris, USN, AFG, 17 Aug 2014
On behalf of Shindand Air Base 45 fire fighters, thanks for the flashlights. We appreciate the awesome generosity and support. See attached photo of some of our members. Roy, 9 AUG 2014
AASP, just wanted to say thank you for the delicious coffee and snacks that you have sent this way. Even the tea made a warm spot in everybody. A very grateful Airman. AFG 17 Jul 2014
Thanks for the last box that I received yesterday and already handed most of the contents out to the Soldiers. Thanks again for everything that you and your company do to support those of us in uniform. Matt R, Korea, 27 July 2014
We received the special care package that each of you receiving this email made possible. Whether it was the Axe products, the Mike and Ikes, the Johnson and Johnson care items, the coffee, or the random snacks, each item brought huge smiles onto the faces of our Soldiers and Airmen working here at Craig Joint Theatre Hospital. Today my Chaplain Assistant and I pushed a cart (loaded up with your gifts) around to each of the sections that work relentlessly 7 days a week/24 hrs a day taking care of the medical needs of our military folks. Please know that your efforts were greatly appreciated by the recipients of your donations/efforts. For those of you who made the shipping possible, please accept my thanks as well. Thanks so much and may God bless you in your future endeavors, V/R RT, Ch, Capt, USAF
Thank you AGAIN for such an amazing package!!! Everything is fantastic. I was able to share all the contents throughout the entire facility! All of the bathroom products are great, the coffee, hot tamales, snacks/drink mix, you name it, everyone was overjoyed getting it. We are all at about our half way point and the support makes this mid part go a little easier, then it is only 3 months to go. All of your support is awesome and we totally appreciate it! Have a great day!Doc P, AFG, 23 July 2014
Thank you so much for all your boxes! Everyone loved the travel mugs and only one of the ceramic ones broke on the way here. I’m pretty sure that all who wanted one got a mug. They all grabbed sharpies and personalized them with names and pictures! You can imagine the surprise on my face when these HUGE boxes got here. We appreciate the effort and costs this must have taken; you guys are by far our best supporters. I smile every time I catch one of them filling up their cups! I’ll see if I can snag some pictures of everyone, but in the meantime I attached a few from some stuff we did a few days ago. The squinty face one is me playing casualty. As you can see, I’m not a fan of needles! Take care and thank you again! Amity from Africa, 17 July 2014
Thanks for sending the box of coffee mugs to us here in Afghanistan! We are serious coffee drinkers here and the soldiers were very grateful to get these. They went quick among staff and patients here at the trauma hospital in Kandahar. Thanks for your thoughtfulness and generosity – we appreciate you!William, AFG 7 July 2014
I just wanted to thank-you again for everything. The Warrior’s Way Flag project became its own celebrity, thanks to you. v/r SrA India P, AFG 6 July 2014
Just want to say Thank You to your organization for those Travel Mugs that we received out here in Afghanistan. You all definitely put a big smile in our Soldiers. Thanks once again for what you are doing to support our Soldiers downrange so far away from Home. v/r JUAN S, AFG 6 July 2014
We just celebrated the birth of our country here in Kandahar! We had a great time! I wanted to take a few minutes to express my gratitude for the awesome shipment of mugs that made it here - safe and sound - to the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit. That was some great packaging. The mugs have gone out to staff and everyone was very appreciative of what your program, volunteers and donations brought to us here. I appreciate the time and effort from all the people that made this happen! We all do! Thank you again and a belated Happy 4th! Best Regards, Sonia, AFG 6 July 2014
Thank you very much for all your gestures and support to the Troops out here. The fact that you all take the time out of your life to commit such thoughtful acts. People like you help make our time out here worth every second. We love the Girl Scout Cookies, ice tea sticks, and other goodies you send. They go as they coe and we enjoy every bit of it. Again, I want to send a universal thanks and prayer to every one involved in this wonderful gesture. Gabriela F, USS GHWB, 4 July 2014 THANK YOU all for the great Keurig machine!!! I especially needed it for all the coffee I drink to help me with my early mornings and getting through the day. This will definitely get a lot of use. You guys are wonderful. The kids cards were AMAZING. I really appreciate all the support to me as well as the chaplains office and everywhere else you support in our hospital, around the base, and I am sure in other locations! Sincerely, Jason P, MAJ, MC, USAF 29 June 2014
Thank you for your support of the ministry of our religious support team. Your ongoing donations of candy, gum, chocolate, snacks, cookies and coffee mugs are being distributed to the staff and patients here. I can only imagine the amount of effort and thoughtfulness that is put into the packages your organization sends. Your kindness allows our hospital chaplain and his assistant to provide outstanding pastoral care to those they serve. You are an extension of our team and enable so much of the ministry that we see each and every day. Please accept my sincerest appreciation for all you have done for our airmen, soldiers, sailors and marines. May the Lord bless you for your faithfulness. AP V, AFG, 5 June 2014
I am honored to have received your Flashlights and treats for the Soldiers here. I will ensure that they are distributed to Soldiers in Need.Thanks for all you do to support our Soldiers with these needed items. V/r,CSM Randall P, AFG, 8 May 2014
I am sorry I am sending a mass email, but, with the way the internet is over here, I am trying to get the email out to everyone before it goes down again. I received your box of goodies yesterday and everyone in my group up here dug in and almost emptied the box :) What is left, I am going to share with my German counterparts since we keep exchanging gifts every time we see each other. We all really appreciate the support y'all have shown us - it is a ray of sunshine in an otherwise unpleasant area. Attached are pictures of myself and one of my Soldiers. As soon as I get pictures of everyone else, to include the Germans, I will email them to y'all. With Great Appreciation,SFC John D G, AFG, 7 May 2014
Thank you all for the wonderful care package box that we received today!
The Easter Peeps and Mike&Ikes candies were fabulous. None of us ever had those flavors of peeps before!
The personal care items came at a perfect time! We had just completed a 30KM forced road march, and were blistered up pretty badly, so we made great use of the Band-Aids and the Neosporin body wash!
The Girl Scout cookies are a wonderful treat. We keep them on our conference room table and munch on them during meetings.
The French roasted coffee is a tremendous hit, and was barely out of the box before it was snatched up and sent to different coffee makers.
The Unilever personal care products are high end. You just can't get those kinds of things here.
How grateful we are for the snacks and items from the Blue Star Moms and the Cresskill Senior Citizens and the American Legion.
You all are wonderful! Thank you so much for all you all do to donate these items, and to send them forward to us. Your thoughtfulness and selflessness enriches our lives, and makes us miss home a little less.
Attached, please find a photograph of some of our task force! COL James T, AFG, 5-2-14
I would like give you and your team a big thank you for the box that you sent out here. It came in yesterday and has been passed around the entire squadron. The biggest winners were the baby wipes (the dust and dirt out here gets everywhere) and the girl scout cookies. Both boxes of Thin Mints have been completely demolished. I don't even think nightshift had a chance to partake in those. Everyone loves candy so the Mike and Ike and Peeps were a very close second. There are a few guys trying to figure out how to make Peep Smores. Best wishes and thank you for your support! TSgt Kevin S, AFG, 30 Apr 2014
Got a great card from AFG on 29 April dated 6 April 2014. All hand written as follows: Dear Alan and Allan and the Team from Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, Thank you so much for the AXE kits, the high-end candy and the flashlights! We composed these into Easter baskets and gave one to each of our Soldiers and team members to celebrate this important Holiday away from home. You all are the best! Thank you for thinking of us and making this deployment a little more enjoyable! Sincerely, James T "Awesome package! thanks, Bolli. / "I can see clearly now the fantastic candy I'm eating. Thanks Tom. / " Thanks so much for all the excellent candy! Jamie / "Many thanks for making it festive for us over here! Mike / "Thanks a million! SFC V / "Thanks for thinking about us. Ron D. / "Thank you for making Easter special. Stacey / "Thanks! John / "Thanks for the support, COL W / "Thank you for thinking of our unit, James / "Thank you for showing you care! CJ / "Thank you, Tony / "Thank you for making this place a home away from home! Joy, USMC //
Thank you so much for my welcome box in Afghanistan. I was here only a few days when it showed up! It really put a smile on my face. I was able to share the snacks and tolietries within the group. It's a wonderful thing that you do and thank you so much.Jason P, AFG, 27 Apr 2014
Greetings from Afghanistan and thank you very much for your kindness and generosity! Your donations have found their way to the (unit name redacted) in Kabul, Afghanistan. What a wonderful surprise it was to receive these great gifts! It is a terrific blend of treats, hygiene items, and gifts that boost our morale. Thank you again!
We were able to get a picture of some of our folks with these gifts, and I am happy to be able to share that with you (attached to this email). Thank you again for your support, which helps our morale more than I can express. We greatly appreciate all your kindness and thoughts, and wish the bests for you and your families. Very respectfully, Regis, AFG, 26-Apr-14
I can't thank you enough for all you guys do for us... All your packages are greatly appreciated.. You definitely bring smiles to our troop's faces... Thanks again... Regina, USO Director, AFG, 25 Apr 2014
(This was a really great email sent to each of our Benefactors who made the Easter carton possible): Unilever Benefactors, I want to take a moment and say thank you for the Unilever personal care products you gave as a part of the care package from Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon. They were distributed among the staff and patients at Craig Joint Theater Hospital in Bagram, Afghanistan.
CJTH is the largest combat trauma hospital in the AOR. We handle all trauma cases that will be leaving the theater for Germany or the US. Over the past 12 months we have had 400 major trauma resuscitations, over 1.7K surgeries, 600 aeromedical evactuations, and 30K patient visits. In addition, through the mentorship of local Afghan clinicians, over 1.4K local civilians have been treated. The overall sustained patient survival rate is 99.5%, returning an unprecedented number of coalition warfighters back to battle and compassionately and safely returning others to their families.
Thank you for your support of the amazing men and women who make this mission possible and the patients we treat every day! KEITH, Chaplain, AFG, 25 Apr 2014
Hi Gentleman and Gentlewoman, my name is Angelo (last name redacted), Italian chief master sergeant, working in Shindand (Afghanistan) as a weather advisor in the (unit name redacte) Air Advisory team. I'm an adoptee of Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon...and I'm really proud to be part of this big "family"...I had been adopted by my American friends...that here in Shindand I consider not only friends but "brothers"...working side by side with American advisory team for one target...to make Afghanistan a better country where people, woman, children will live in peace. Our only desire is that when We will return back to our families...We had left part of our professionality, part of our hearts to this people that make us feel proud when they simply say to us..."Thank you for what you are doing for our country" That's the real spirit of every mission!!! I will like to thank you for all your help...for making me and Us felt loved. A great hug!!! As soon as possible I will send you some photos of Us. ANGELO P, CMSgt/OR9, ITAF, Weather Advisor to Afghan Air Force(AAF), AFG, 21 April 2014
Woohoo! Easter boxes arrived and were delivered! They did not last long and there were many smiles. Thanks from all the men (and the few women) out here in assghanifstan. Now, I have to run a few miles and burn off the couple peeps I stuffed in my mouth... Mario, AFG, 20 Apr 2014
Ladies and Gentlemen, I just wanted to take a moment and thank you very much for the Easter package that we received. It was absolutely perfect! We were recently added to the deployed addresses after a USO/Adopt a Soldier Platoon sponsored event in late January here in Afghanistan. We are honored to have been the recipients of a couple of your packages since that time.
(Our Team) consists of Marines and (a few) Soldiers from various occupational specialties that have been brought together to train and advise the Afghan National Army. Currently we work with the (unit name redacted for security purposes) staff and leadership. Unfortunately, we will not be headed home as a team. Due to the reduced numbers remaining in country, we have combined with other advisor teams to consolidate (our) mission. Myself and many others will be headed home in the near future. Please utilize (name redacted), and/or (name redacted) for any future packages and they will ensure to distribute the gifts across the team. Once again, thank you very much for your contributions in making our Easter a little better! *** Mr Virginia, a big thanks also for the Keurig that you sent out last month, that was a lifesaver!! Thanks again! V/r A J P, 1stSgt/USMC, AFG, 20 Apr 2014.
We, US Forces at the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) HQ, just received two large boxes of coffee, Girl Scout Cookies, gum, candy, and other assorted goodies. Thank you all very much for it! We took them all to our (redacted) (our US break room) to share with all the US Forces here. Without a doubt, I know they will be all gone within 2-3 days. We greatly appreciate the support. As we continue to draw down here, support like yours has been a true blessing and has made the year away from home that much more bearable. I apologize that I could not get you a picture. However I did attach a picture of my immediate unit. Thanks again & God Bless. v/r Rick, AFG, 18 Apr 2014
Dear Supporters of our Military; I am writing you to thank you for your generous donations of goods through the Adopt-A-Soldier Platoon (AASP). The fine folks of AASP "adopted" my command for our current deployment. In the recent past my Sailors have had their spirits lifted a bit by the items you generously provided for them. The cookies, coffee, candy, health and beauty items, and other entertainment items were a huge hit. As I set out the boxes of goodies on the Mess Decks, my Sailors were all smiles as they found items they had been hoping to find at a store when we next pull into port (which is not always easy to do overseas) or their favorite snack item. (One of my Sailors was so happy to get a box of Thin Mint cookies that you thought he might have just won the lottery!)
Your acts of generosity and support mean more to us who serve our country than could ever be expressed in words. Unfortunately I did not have the time to get photographs of the distribution of the last delivery, but I WILL do so on the next one and share them with you. I hope the smiling faces of my Sailors will show you how much this type of support means to them.
On behalf of the Sailors onboard the USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH and deployed service members world-wide, thank you for your support! Very respectfully, David C CMC USS Geo HW Bush (CVN-77), 18 April 2014
I just wanted to send you a quick update about life here. The weather is beginning to warm up, and as this isn't my first time here, I am confident that before too long it may even get unbearably hot. But on the bright side... At least the snow is gone for the season! There is nothing more tedious than digging a helicopter out of a snowy blanket every few hours and trying to melt the ice.
The Soldiers of (unit redacted for security) are still running strong with the halfway mark of this deployment come and gone. Everyone here takes immense pride in the job we do. Flying MEDEVAC can be a grueling assignment, but the payoff is knowing that someone is going to get to see their families again thanks to our efforts. We have had several unit commanders stop by our hangar and personally thank us for evacuating one of their guys.
Again, thank you for what you are doing for all of us. We really do appreciate it and look forward to hearing from you again. Justin, AFG, 16 Apr 2014
We here at Wounded Warrior would like to thank you for the kind gesture of sending us all the Peeps and snack bars, and just in time for Easter! HM2 Glenn N, Wounded Warrior Barracks, AFG 14 Apr 2014
A box just arrived with baseball cards (gone), cheez-its, protein bars, cookies, and some other thing... oh yeah, an iPad mini! You guys ROCK! Mario, AFG, 10 Apr 2014
Hello! I am Michael T, the Chapel Manager for the (redacted) here in Afghanistan. I recently received the care package you sent. Thank you so very much for your generosity and thoughtfulness. The items that you sent were distributed among the many service members here at my location. Words cannot begin to express the gratitude that my fellow service members and I have for you and others who take the time to let us know how much we are appreciated. The joy and happiness I see on the face when they receive a little "piece of home" is indescribable. Again, thank you so much for all that you do for the troops. Very Respectfully,Michael T, AFG, 9 Apr 2014
Thank you all for your care packages. The Marines are pretty psyched with the new barber sets they received. We actually built ourselves a barber shop within the camp so the Marines do not have to pay for haircuts every week anymore. The Marines decided to name it "The Silver Mullet". The background story is one of our motivated Gunnery Sergeants used to have a mullet when he was younger.
We also received the Keurig coffee maker. I wish we had more to spread across the camp. As you may know the summer months are upon us and the days are getting longer and longer, and the nights seem to stay just as long. Having that fresh brewed coffee does wonders to give us that extra kick in the behind to get through the day. We trully appreciate the thoughts and prayers you all have sent us. We think about home often, and it is uplifting to know that we have folks that care and keep us in their prayers back home. Thank You. Respectfully, Christopher, AFG 30 Mar 2014
I just found a big box with a Keurig in front of my door. Great timing! Thanks a million for the coffee maker; the office is in heaven right now with a big cup of Joe! Mario, AFG, 30 Mar 2014
Hello, My name is Sergeant First Class (SFC) Max T (last name redacted) and we just received packages from your organization yesterday. I am the Operations Sergeant for the (unit redacted) and I have about 25 Soldiers on my staff and they are all enjoying the goodies that were sent over. I'm sure all of the edible stuff will be disposed of by the week's end. As long as we are able to land helicopters, we get mail once a week. So every Thursday is kind of a milestone that everyone looks forward to. Not only for the packages but also because it is another week closer to going home. We should get be coming home some time in July, just nine month tours nowadays.
As for specifics, I know homemade baked goods are always a hit. Also, we don't get regular chips here. In our dining facility, all we have is some Kellogg's Cracker Chips. Not so good. Doritos, Pringles, Stax etc. would be good. I also have a request for yellow Zingers if Hostess in back in business yet. Again, thanks for everything. And thank you for your support. V/RSFC T, Max V. II Operations SGM, AFG 26 March 2014
Hi Alan, Allan and the rest of the AaSP! I have been out of the country for a few weeks and when I returned to BAF I received all of the boxes you guys sent over! I owe you the biggest THANK YOU for sending over so many wonderful treats for the troops. Thank you Adopt a Soldier Platoon!!!
I couldn't believe it when I opened three very large boxes of full sized candy bars and treats! The passengers love them! Thank you so much. It's quite a treat compared to the tootsie rolls and jolly ranchers I've been giving them for the past year, but as you know, there's not much to choose from at the base exchange. After I give the passenger briefing I say, "I have a very special surprise for all of you today. Do you all remember when the cheerleaders were here?" And of course, many of them do or have heard about them and then I tell them about you guys as I hand out the treats you sent. Many of the soldiers onboard know who you are; you made quite an impression on Afghanistan guys!
I also want to talk about the flashlights you sent to me that were donated by Unilever. Most people who donate things have no idea where their donation goes. In the case of the flashlights, I would like to tell you where they went. Dozens of officers that are frequent fliers over here all received one. One of my Colonel's told me he was going to carry his with him around Afghanistan and when he went home he was planning to give it to his wife. Many of the flashlights were immediately attached to lanyards and IBAs.
The rest of the flashlights went to all the passengers I have onboard everyday. Every passenger onboard received one until I ran out, including the Afghan interpreter who was traveling with a Special Ops Unit. The interpreter was a young man somewhere between 25-30. He was very quiet but smiled a lot. The gift of the flashlight was very special for him and after we removed the paper disk to make it work he turned it on and off several times. He held it in his hand for the entire flight.
The Afghan interpreter was only one person, but in a way he represents how all of the passengers felt about the flashlights. While most of them didn't keep looking at theirs and turning it on and off several times throughout their flight, they all felt like they were getting a special present. Every single passenger who received a flashlight had a reaction of astonishment and a response of gratefulness and a very special thank you goes out to Kurt Hall at Unilever for such a generous donation. They are just little flashlights but out here, it doesn't take much to make someone's day a little bit brighter. Thanks again!
The flashlights and candy have been a huge moral booster and I can't thank you all enough for sending them. I sometimes feel like I may be the luckiest person in the world. I get to see the end result of all of your donations. I've always had happy passengers, but somehow passing out candy bars and flashlights has turned every ordinary flight into some special. There is a lot of talking and laughing and for the briefest of moments, I think they might forget they're in Afghanistan.
Thank you Adopt a Soldier Platoon and Thank you Unilever! Very Respectfully,Debra W, Flight Attendant, contract air, AFG 23 Mar 2014
Great Adopt A Soldier Platoon Team: We received your package today! Thank you for sending it. We will open it up and hand it out in celebration of Easter! JT COL James T, AFG, 15 MAR 2014
I want to thank your organization for time and effort that you have dedicated to the (redacted unit, location info). The ADOPT-A-SOLDIER PLATOON organization has made this deployment a lot easier, especially during the Christmas time. My soldiers have enjoyed every single care package from you guys. I cannot thank you enough for the way you guys took care of my soldiers and myself. As our time here in AFGHANISTAN is coming to a close, I really want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything. V/RCESAR R., AFG 3 March 2014
All, Thank you so much for the package. Received it a couple of days ago and wanted to send you all a note of appreciation for everything you all do for the military, v/r MAJ Faamao U, AFG 2 Mar 2014
(card just received from Med unit in AFG) We have received several packages from you all recently and I just wanted to send a great big thank-you for your kindness and support! We appreciate all that you do for us. I will be redeploying soon, end of Feb, so our replacements in March will be (redacted). It has been a pleasure to work with you all an we really appreciate all that you do for the soldiers! Katie B
Thank you very much and sincerely you have made this deployment more bearable for many! MAJ B
Well i hope your travels have found you safe and secure back home. You may share my address with other people/supporters. i wanted to say thank-you again to your team and yourself for putting on a great show. i know that all the personnel here, Italians and Spaniards, are already wondering when you are coming back. i really appreciate that the cheerleaders, Mr Elvis and your team for taking your own time out of your own lives to show the support that Soldiers need. i hope that we can meet again and please pass along my sincere thanks again to all those personnel that came here to Camp Arena. please stay in touch and let me know if there is anything that i can do for you. Jerrold W, MSG, USA, AFG, 5 Feb 2014
Thank you for visiting us here at (redacted) Dustoff. We all had a wonderful time meeting you and the girls and hope that you all had a safe trip home. The weather turned rather nasty after you left, but we are getting through it. I wouldn't even know what anyone would need, but I will ask around. Again, thank you all so very much for what you do to support the troops while we are deployed. Little tastes of home really do mean a lot when you are away for so long. Very respectfully, CW4 Justin D. J. EAGLE DUSTOFF!!! 3 Feb 2014
First off, on behalf of (location and unit redacted) we would like to say THANK YOU! The troops enjoyed the Ladies very much and the show hit the Morale Target in the Bulls Eye! We would also like to thank "Krutch" , Tamber Norton and Elvis. Thank you again!! Corey J, AFG, 28 Jan 2014.
I am the Human Resources Officer and covering down as a Chaplain for the 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment "Bobcats" currently forward deployed to Afghanistan. We have recently received a few packages from Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, Inc.. On behalf of our entire battalion, I would like to personally thank you for supporting our Soldiers. I am currently working on setting up an Morale Welfare and Recreation tent for our Soldiers and these hygiene products will be available for multiple Soldiers. Again, thank you very much for what you are doing to support the troops over here. Your actions demonstrate true American pride in supporting our nation's military, and have greatly enhanced morale within the entire Bobcat Family. v/r, CPT RON W, TF BOBCAT, AFG, 24 Jan 2014
To all Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, Inc. family and to all of the wonderful sponsors: On behalf of many of the troops and from my Flight of Airmen, I wish to thank you very much for the time, effort, and consideration that you have invested to send us all a few very nice goodies from home. I assure you that the team is very appreciative of all of the many cool items that I received in the care package that you sent, which I shared with everyone. I took a couple goodies for myself, and passed on the box. I received your box around January 10th, and it was a bit like Christmas all over again. To the Blue Star Moms, the St. Michael's Episcopal Church on Wayne NJ, to Carol Saeger, Kyle Suzuki, as well as Alan Krutchkoff and Allan Virginia, again many thanks your support. My group and I are at the tail end of my rotation in this undisclosed location; we are leaving in early March and I think is safe to say that we are well set-up through the end, in part due to all your generosity. I believe it would be wise to remove my name from your list and consider other groups in other locations that might have a higher need. Attached is a photo with two of my team members, grinning while holding the box of goodies. Many thanks, SMSgt Augusto J G, AFG, 19 Jan 2014
Hey just received another couple of packages with some awesome hand made wool head socks. Passed em all out and they will definitely be used on these cold winter nights that we are having. Thanks for everything! - Daniel K, AFG, 15 Jan 2014
(To OritaniBank Charitable Foundation) I wanted to let you know that we received the TRXs you all funded for our Special Ops teams. They are in the process of getting distributed to the teams that need them the most. We cannot thank you enough for your support and for remembering us, when it seems like America has. The military guys are proud of what they do, and having served 30 years in the military I can tell you that we have some amazing men and women serving all over the world. Its folks like you that make it a bit more bearable! Your gift is greatly appreciated Thanks... Ralph R, AFG, 15 Jan 2014
On behalf of the Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry, I would like to thank you for the TRX Fitness systems that you sent to us. As Infantrymen, I can assure you that our Soldiers are already putting these systems to good use. The high operational tempo here has made it difficult for many of my Soldiers to find effective ways to work out with limited time. These TRX Systems are truly a godsend for us. Thanks again for your Support of the Bobcat BN, and our Servicemen deployed overseas. LTC Edward B, AFG, 15 Jan 2014
(To some children who sent Xmas gifts) Hello Michael and Bryan, I received a package and the nicest letter from you guys for Christmas. Sorry I am just now getting around to answer your email. It really warmed our hearts here and it was fun to have it in time to decorate a bit and make things a bit more like Christmas. The weather here in Kabul, Afghanistan is COLD! The mountains surrounding Kabul have been covered in snow for a while now. There is an old Afghan proverb that says "Kabul can live without gold, but not without snow." In the spring all that snow melts and provides all the water that is used in the city. We have the finest men and women serving in our military, and it's a pleasure to serve along them. I have 5 kids, all grown except my youngest who is 16. I too played baseball, soccer and basketball in high school. I later went on to play varsity college soccer and later in Japan in the semi pro league long before they had a professional league. I don't play anymore because of injuries I sustained in Iraq, but I sure do miss a good pick up game. I hope your holidays were awesome and that Santa hooked you guys up. It sure has been cold and snowy back home...brrrr! Alright guys...thanks again and please than your family on our behalf! Thanks.. Ralph R, AFG 14 Jan 2014
Hey brother! Just wanted to let you know we got the box of Q-tips which we definitely needed for some much needed weapon's maintanence, so thank you very much. We still haven't gotten the Keurig but assuming with the crazy weather back in the states it is putting a delay on the mail getting to us over here. When you go to Walter Reed.. an old Outlaw Medic from 2009 by the name of (redacted) is a nurse there now just so you know. Well just wanted to say thanks! SGT Daniel K, AFG, 13 Jan 2014
(To Terri and Tamber N) Yes! We actually just received your packages early this morning. I am overwhelmed with your generosity. Honestly I am speechless. The love and support we have received from you both has reminded me that there are still people back home who care about us and what we are doing. We are already putting the space heaters and coffee to good use. We just moved to a new base but still have run into heating issues and the space heaters provided us the ability to move some people around and ultimately give my soldiers more living area in the tents. You are trully amazing people and I am honored to be supported by you both. Respectfully, SGT Daniel B, AFG, 12 Jan 14
To all of you warm-hearted people, I just want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking the time to gather and package the items that you so graciously sent us. Being over here during the holidays was a little different and difficult for some of us, but we are so excited to receive a care package like the one you had sent us! It is people like yourselves that make all of this worth it. To know that we are sacrificing time away from our friends and family to defend selfless people like yourselves feels good. It feels even better to know that you care enough to take time out of your busy schedules to provide us with goods that clearly show your love and support. I was able to share the contents with my squad/section, they too were very grateful!! It really brightens our day when we receive such a generous gift such as the one you folks provided. We are an Aviation Support Battalion that primarily works on powertrain components (rotor heads, transmissions, drive shafts, blades). Part of our job is also to conduct Non-Destructive Inspections of aircraft parts to ensure they are still serviceable and able to be reinstalled on the aircrafts. Again, THANK YOU ALL very much for your love and support. May God Bless you all greatly for your generosity! Sincerely, SPC Aaron P, Kuwait, 12 Jan 2014
I would like to take the time to tell you all how grateful I am to receive your packages. It is good to know there are people back home who try to help out those overseas, especially since it is hard being away from friends and family and even from certain resources back in the US. Your packages not only give out great hope to service members worldwide, but also motivation. The support you give us helps push through the struggles and it's people like you that makes us want to push further to protect this country, above and beyond the call of duty. Thank you, every one of you, for coming together to bring smiles to our men and women in the armed forces. Thank you for the generosity and for helping make life away from home simpler. When opening a box from Adopt-a-Soldier, it feels as if you guys are bringing our homes to us, which is truly a priceless feeling. Wishing nothing but the best for all of you and I couldn't thank you enough for all you have done. Hooyah! Very respectfully, MM3 Nicholas M, at sea, 10 Jan 2014
Hello everyone and Happy New Year!! We received the boxes just a couple of days ago. Any gift makes it Christmas for the soldiers. I/We appreciate all you have done. Many thanks to all who made this possible. God Bless You ALL and Thanks again, Cheryl S, AFG 10 Jan 2014
Dear Friends, On behalf of our Veterans at the New Jersey Veterans Home in Paramus, we would like to thank you for the shaving cream that you sent for the benefit of our Veterans. We are grateful to you for helping to enhance the quality of life for our Veterans. We appreciate your efforts on their behalf, and thank you for thinking of them. Sincerely, Guilia K, CTRS, Supervisor of Recreation, 6 Jan 2014