LTC Vincent V. from the CT ARNG was a distinguished visitor at the Unilever Americas Supply Chain "Thanks to the Troops" event. Pictured with LTC V. are Doug S. and Rob E. of Unilever. Rob is also the Sports Director for AaSP.
Unilever Supply Chain Englewood Cliffs, NJ, and Trumbull, CT
The Unilever Supply Chain organization again chose to have a Give Back to the Troops activity at one of its important year-end meetings. The event this year, on Tuesday, December 9, 2008, included packing various Unilever products for both a NJ (2nd Platoon, Charlie Co., 250th BSB) and CT ARNG unit (1109th AVCRAD). A CT ARNG officer was invited to attend the event. LTC Vincent V. gave the Unilever team some inspirational remarks about how these types of gifts affect the troops far from home. The attendees also signed a banner for each of the supported units.
Special thanks to Doug, Carmen, Wendy and Cheryl for their hard work and coordinated activities and to Rob E., AaSP Sports Director and member of the Unilever IT Innovation team supporting the Supply Chain, for handing details for AaSP.
In 2007, the generous folks in Unilever's Supply Chain organized a project to support Unilever's Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon programs. Earlier in the year, a Logistics team at the Clinton, CT, facility did a fantastic job of raising money and collecting products for two of AaSP's adopted units -- the 28th CSH and the 412th CA Bn.
On Monday, November 5th, 2007, the Unilever U.S. Supply Chain organization held an exciting activity at West Point's Thayer Hotel. The activity was packing goodies for two of AaSP's units -- one the 412th CA Bn (Charlie Company) and the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing of the CT Air National Guard. Meeting attendees packed Unilever branded products selected for the event -- Dove, Suave and Ponds products for women; Axe, Lever 2000 and Suave products for men and Slim-Fast bars, Lipton ice tea mix and Tea 2 Go, Vaseline lotion, Snuggle dryer sheets, and Q-Tips for all. 80 cartons were packed and labeled and sealed for shipping.
The activity was kicked off by a visit from CSM David Warner of the CT Army Natl Guard. CSM Warner had served in Afghanistan with the 102d Regiment and he and his unit had been supported by Unilever's Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon. Sergeant Major Warner explained to attendees about the hardships of being deployed in remote areas and what joy packages from home and basic personal care products meant to the soldiers. AaSP also provided the 102d with blank DVDs and camcorders to send videos home to their families for the holidays.
A highlight of the event was a drawing of the individual soldier and airman names by the attendees. One of the soldiers getting a care carton was an active Unilever employee, Danny L., from the Skippy peanut butter plant in Little Rock, AR. One lucky attendee got to pack for a fellow employee and it was quite exciting for all.
Special thanks to Steve , Wendy, Pat and the Supply Chain team for making this event happen. Thanks to CSM Warner for attending. Thanks to MAJ Thomas Bryant of the USMA Public Affairs Office for helping our team get set up. And thanks to Allan V and Tom D and especially the Unilever Facilities team for all their support and hard work. It paid off. It was a very special day.
Unilever U.S. Supply Chain VP Steve Innes with CSM David Warner of CT ARNG.
Unilever employees packing products for soldiers at supply chain meeting at West Point.
Joe, Holmes, Fidel and Tim with products and packing supplies for West Point at the Unilever loading dock in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Joe and Tim with packing supplies.
Allan V. from AaSP with MAJ Tom Bryant of USMA unloading the products for the big event.
Attendees picking products for the soldiers.
CSM Warner with Wendy of Supply Chain
In July, a team in the Clinton, CT, facility organized a charity event and collected enough goodies to fill 11 cartons for our 28th Combat Support Hospital and 412th Civil Affairs Battalion. Items included toys for Iraqi children, personal care products for our soldiers and snacks and convenience items. In addition, they collected cash close to $1,000.
Thanks to the team, four dozen bath towels were sent to the 28th CSH for the patients there, and soccer shorts, soccer nets and referee shirts were sent to the 412th CA Bn for Operation Hearts and Minds to improve and build relations with the local police, army and people in Al Anbar Province. This is in conjunction with a donation from Piedmont College of 30 soccer shirts to outfit one of the local soccer teams and efforts to get two other teams outfitted.
To John, Wendy, Vicky and the team, thanks so much for making this happen!