Recent Adoptee, MAJ John McAfee visits Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon in NJ on Thursday, November 29, 2007. MAJ McAfee returned home from Iraq the end of October and he used part of his leave to visit many of the AaSP folks who supported him during his tour.
First stop in the morning was the Hackensack Pastry Shop in Hackensack, NJ. Owners Kathleen and Jack Salvo had sent special cookies to MAJ McAfee during his deployment. Kathleen made a point of making John a canoli when he arrived and she sent him on his way with a nice collection of pastries and extra canoli "stuff." It was a great visit. Thanks Kathleen and thanks Jack for your support of our troops!
A visit to the Apollo Flag Company on Rt. 46 in Totowa, NJ, was next -- and a must. Owner Gary Potenzone has been supporting AaSP programs for several years now and our adoptee wanted to meet him. Gifts were exchanged, including a special flag flown in Iraq that John brought back especially for Gary. Thanks Gary for all you have done for our troops!
Next stop was the Unilever 800 Bldg in Englewood Cliffs. Here MAJ McAfee meets the wonderful mail and shipping crew. Pictured here are: (center row) David, Scott, Tim and Fidel; Foreground - Luis; in the back row with MAJ McAfee is Joe. MAJ McAfee presented each of the crew a special gift and thanked them for their support of our troops. Thanks guys!
Our adoptee then joined us for lunch in the 800 cafeteria where we hung a special banner to celebrate his return. The "Thanks to Our Troops" banner was created by the Unilever NASCAR marketing group and brought to a NASCAR race in the Fall where it was signed by hundreds of fans (thanks Nancy and team!). From L to R: Brian, Alan, Lara, Michael, MAJ McAfee, Holmes and Rob. In the foreground are Bryan, George and Lee Ann. (John presented our crew with special tokens in appreciation for the support). Thanks all!
And last -- some of us got to go to the Army Navy game in Baltimore, MD! Here, Alan, Mary-Edna, Holmes and Susanne take time out for photo op with the Major. Also at the game was Andrea Horshmand from Operation Paperback, which has been supporting the troops for over six years now. Way to go Andrea!