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Care Packages to Afghanistan

A history of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing

The 455th Air Expeditionary WingA recent photo of the 455th Air Expeditionary WingRecently, Afghanistan - On an USAF base in a Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, there’s an elite unit of soldiers proudly named the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing (455 AEW). Support Our Troops recently had the privilege to provide these patriots with care packages and letters, and remind them how grateful Americans are for the job they do. The 455th has a storied history, dating back to World War 2. The current unit was activated in 2001, and its members are deployed throughout the world.

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Soldier requests care package

A Deployed Soldier craves an American treat

Soldiers complete fire qualification/request care packageSoldiers from 3rd Battalion, 13th Field Artillery successfully completed M270A1, Multiple Launch Rocket System, crew live fire qualification Feb. 26, at Fort Sill, Okla.OCONUS, 2-25-2015- Soldier Francis -- is currently deployed. His unit, an artillery brigade, is originally from Oklahoma. He wrote to Support Our Troops from our contact page, asking for a simple donation of a care package of something that will help him ease the transition to being so far away. He’ll be overseas for another eight months, and he misses home. He asked for beef jerky for him and his fellow soldiers.

Here’s his letter:

Good Morning. First of all thank you and God bless you to all the things you do and for supporting the troops and Soldiers all over the world. My Unit is currently deployed right now and we would really appreciate if you can help us with some of those delicious beef jerky. I really appreciate all the help. We currently don’t have any jerky in our location. The Soldiers would love and appreciate all the help you can do. Give us a little taste of home. We just got here and we’ll be here for the next 8 months. Hoping for your kind consideration.

SOT is working on his request. Please message us if you can, and donate to help fill this unit’s request for support.

Whish Body supports the troops

Kind donation of goods from American Company Whish Body

support our troops mother of national guardsmenMrs. -- hugs her son, Senior Airman Wesley --, as she, along with his sister Senior Airman Melissa -- gives well wishes to SrA Wesley -- as he departs on a deployment as a member of the 124th Security Forces Squadron, Idaho Air National Guard, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, on November 18, 2008 (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Robert Barney / RELEASED)CONUS, 2-18-2015 - Recently, Support Our Troops was able to provide $60,372 of much welcomed comforts and supplies for the Idaho National Guard. In cooperation with Whish Body, a bath and body care company sold in Nordstrom and through the Internet with companies like Birchbox, SOT provided various scented body butters and washes, in flavors like orange cream and lavender.

No donation is too big or too small, and anything given supports the troops while they do the difficult work we admire them for. Though the regular Joe and Janet may use products like these on a daily basis, it’s easy to forget that our men and women in the armed forces might not have access to the common creature comforts the rest of us do. On a daily basis, soldiers deal with the visceral and psychological challenges of serving our country, and anytime we can provide, it’s a way to ease the burden of that difficult job. The goods arrived and Maj. James -- was excited to disperse them amongst the soldiers and their families, saying: “Many thanks for this donation. Just received it today and will get it out to our Service Members!! Best regards.”  

SOT® Rings In New Year with Rebuilt Site

Caption Text There’s a whole lot of new this year for the troops and their families! To better serve America’s military community Support Our Troops® rings in the New Year with a total SupportOurTroops.Org rebuild.

  • Built for speed
  • Built for portability
  • Visually engaging, user-friendly
  • Clean modern look
  • Simplified to navigate
  • Adapts to the type of device accessing it, whether hand-held or computer
  • Total social media integration.

SupportOurTroops.Org remains grand central station connecting up everyone and everything. It remains primarily content driven, focused on informing the public about the troops and their families. It connects up all of SOT’s programs, all troop-support groups, and everyone doing anything useful to bolster those currently serving in America’s military community. A revision of items offered on the cart will take place January through April. So check out the new site and pass on the good news everyone! Thank you! Martin C. Boire, Chairman January 1, 2015

A Christmas Wish

155px-3sfg_svgAfghanistan, December 2014: Dear Supporters, Hello from Afghanistan! We are the 3rd BN, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) from Ft. Bragg, operating throughout Afghanistan. We are currently the only Green Berets getting it done here. Here's the interesting part...we are not part of the "big army" conventional side, so we don't get all the cool stuff and packages that I see when I go around to the other units.
We still operate in not-so-great environments while the "fobits" are back on the big bases complaining about their wifi connection. What's wifi? I just landed on an outpost to visit my team and they have this one small MWR tent, and as I look around at this shabby get-up, there are no TVs, no AFN, no Beef jerky, no Xboxes and no heat at 6,000 ft and 40 degrees. That's just how it is. The threat is not decreasing. It just moves around like cockroaches. I'd like to support these men in the best down-time and reset possible to keep them mentally, physically, and spiritually fit for the fight. Cool stuff & good snacks for cool guys are what they like. We have the simple care packages with toothpaste, razors and hand lotion from Holiday Inn. What we don't have are the unique food items and toys that Big Army gets.....such as XBoxe360s, Underarmour clothing, Kerig Machines, and ipads. Yes, even our big, tough Green Berets like a little Candy Crush on the ipads. lol We'd love to have your support. Much appreciated! v/r, Chaplain Brian -----
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