Pfc. Francisco Arias (front), and other Soldiers assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division listen to remarks given by their leadership March 26, 2016 at Contingency Location Garoua, Cameroon. Soldiers from 2nd IBCT provide non-lethal support to their Cameroonian hosts as part of U.S. Africa Command.
(Photo by Spc. Jonathan Singletary)
April 16, 20017 - GARUOA, Cameroon - Easter has always been a special holiday where friends and family gather and enjoy one another's company. The holiday had a different meaning this year for Soldiers of Able Company, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, who are currently deployed to Cameroon from their home station at Fort Stewart, Georgia.
This year the men not only shared the holiday with their fellow Soldiers, but also with their hosts and partners. The Cameroonian Air Force hosted Able Company Soldiers for a large brunch the Saturday before Easter. The event was organized by Cameroonian Air Force Col. Barthelmy T'Silla, commander of the Cameroonian Air Base hosting the Soldiers.
"This is not only a time to celebrate Easter," said T'Silla. "It is also a time to come together and celebrate the sacrifices of [our] nations."
Local restaurant owners and residents of the base brought in home-cooked regional delicacies. Soldiers filled their plates from the buffet with foods like home-made donuts, kebabs, fresh fruit and other local fare.
SEA OF JAPAN (March 20, 2017) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Sarah Melendez observes an EA-18G Growler assigned the "Gauntlets" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136 take off from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). The ship and its carrier strike group are on a western Pacific deployment as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of U.S. 3rd Fleet. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matt Brown
International Waters, 3-10-2017: Dear Support Our Troops, My team and I are with an F-18 squadron, VFA-137 and are currently deployed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. We received a care package today that absolutely made the day for 11 sailors in my shop. For the majority of those sailors this was their first deployment, and seeing their faces light up, was priceless. Your package arrived at just the right time, and truly lifted the spirits of some tired and hardworking sailors. The letters included in the package brought tears to our eyes, and are now taped to our office wall, bringing color to an otherwise drab work space. Thank you so much for all you do. Please keep up the good fight on the home front. Thank you~!
V/R, LS1(AW/SW) James -------
VFA-137 Material Control
Deployed Aboard USS Carl Vinson
International Waters, 1-21-2017 Heather at SOT: Good evening. We just started our deployment and I received a care package from Support Our Troops today. I am extremely thankful for your generosity and support. I took a picture of what you have sent to us on my phone. I will send it out when we have service again at our next port visit.
The items you sent were just what we needed! Please continue sending the items to other troops deployed in your care packages.
We look forward to your continued support! Have a great day!
Very Respectfully, IT2(SW) Dustin ------
USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77)
Combat Systems / CS-32