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Meet Your Military: Lieutenant Gives Back to College

UniversityofAlaskaELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska  The commander of the 3rd Comptroller Squadron Financial Management Flight here has provided a $750 scholarship to the University of Alaska Anchorage's ROTC program.
Air Force 1st Lt. Christina Geller presented her first check for the scholarship April 23 at the ROTC's leadership lab.The lieutenant said she wanted to give back to the school that had helped to kick off her career.An Anchorage native, Geller started UAA's ROTC program in May 2004. She graduated in 2006, and then was assigned here. She said she plans to continue the scholarship for 10 years. Nobody from her family had attended college, Geller said, so the odds were stacked against her. But she was able to attend college by receiving numerous scholarships. "Not having money to go to college should not be a reason," she said. "By providing a scholarship, it enables somebody to potentially to go to college and earn a degree and do something they are passionate about." Geller said the ROTC program did great things for her, allowing her to gain the self-confidence and leadership skills she needs as she pursues her Air Force career. The Air Force ROTC detachment commander at the University of Alaska Anchorage expressed gratitude for the scholarship. "This scholarship is great," said Air Force Lt. Col. Doug Smith. "It serves two purposes. First, it will help offset college expenses for a hard-working and deserving underclass cadet who is pursuing a commission in the Air Force. This will, in turn, allow our program at the university to retain high-quality candidates as future Air Force officers. Second, it helps fortify the efforts to maintain an active and involved … alumni association." Geller said she hopes the financial help will influence others to consider signing up for the ROTC program, and that they'll be up for the challenge. The scholarship’s first recipient will be chosen in time for the fall semester. April 26, 2010: By Air Force Airman 1st Class Christopher Gross- 3rd Wing ***SOT***


Easter 2010

Easter2010GroupEaster is a message of love for others, and of sacrifice for others. And around this world our troops sacrifice daily for the betterment of others. They risk their lives and health to set others free. They risk them to protect children. They risk them for other men. They risk them for other women. They risk them for their fellows. They risk them to build free nations for others. To build schools for kids. To protect woman and children from oppressors. To build people up. They do great and wonderful Good at risk to themselves. thumb_EasterGWStampAnd they ask nothing in return
It is often said that only two people have ever offered to die for us.  Jesus Christ and the  American Soldier.  One for your soul,  one for your freedom.
And therefore I give this Easter prayer for the young men and mature men, and the young women and mature women, who risk themselves daily for me and for you and for others. May He watch over you. May He guide you and keep you safe. May He comfort your soul and give you peace from the things you see. May His love, kindness and mercy follow you each day in each step. May He favor you over those who risk little yet expect much. May He walk with you and protect you by his presence. May He bless you, wrap you in his presence, and show you the way. May He make his face to shine upon you in your times of need. May He grant you peace from the storms within all the days of your life. Martin C. Boire Easter, 2010

Support Our Troops® Chapter Forms in Pinellas County,

FloridaChapterPinellasCoast Guard wife Ashley F.  has formed a Support Our Troops® Chapter in Pinellas County, Florida.  Ashley was thrilled to find an easy to access method to help the troops. According to Ashley, " I was looking for a way that I could give back and let the soldiers know that I stand behind them. I still can't believe how easy it was so start a chapter in my community, I was actually all set up and ready to go in less than 48 hours. I also have nothing but good things so say about the people in the national office, anytime I have any questions or need any help, they never hesitate to get me the information I need. If I ever have to move I will surely start a chapter in that area if there isn't already one. This is truly a great organization and I am very excited to be apart of it. They had their first meeting Friday the 12th and held a yard sale the next Sunday. They are getting started on planning a softball tournament.  The men are also jumping in and all involved will be mutually exploring the organization of an annual motorcycle Heroes Ride in the area. Another testament to what good Americans think of their troops!

Troop Support up 66% in 2009!

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Operation Popcorn Hits $10 Million!

The numbers are now in!    They did it again!   They just can't stop themselves!   Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and good people down most streets in America got together in Fall of 2009 and  put together over $10,000,000 worth of trail mix and Trails-End popcorn for SupportOurTroops.Org to send to the troops all over the world.
A testament to what Americans really think of their troops.Just look at the amazing history of this program.In 2007,  Operation Popcorn launched in the middle of a recession, good Americans sent $5,000,000 to the troops! Then in 2008 the economy imploded.   So what did the people do?  They bought an additional $1,000,000 dollars more stuff to send their troops, for a total of $6,000,000 in 2008! Next in 2009 the recession and unemployment worsened.  They're reaction?  Send $4 million more to the troops for  a total of $10,000,000 in just that one year!  A 66% increase over the previous year! Are there amazing people in this country or what?We could write a thousand words ourselves about the meaningfulness of this to the troops.  But you'll enjoy far more enjoy reading an anthology of a few of their notes and emails: "Thank you!  This morning someone brought me a tin of Trails End Caramel Corn and told me it was a gift from you for my service to our country. Tears came to my eyes! Your gift of recognition was so nice. Thank you!" ~~ SMSgt Paula --- "Hello, Just read the article regarding the Boy Scout popcorn fundraiser. My son is stationed at Camp Lejeune and it was quite a nice surprise in his day when his sgt gave it to him. I received a text within 5 min of him receiving it, telling me about it.  Thanks for remembering our troops and my son. You DO make a difference in their lives! With much appreciation" ~~ Deanna G. "Hi, I am a Soldier in Iraq. We Love Your Popcorn!!!!  We Need Your Popcorn!!!! Every now and then we get care packages with [your] Popcorn. We love the Sweet taste of the Kettle Popcorn. The problem is we only had a couple of pack and it is gone. Now we are all craving it. Can you help us out?"  ~~ SFC Benjamin ------, Iraq.  twoiraqsoldierswithpopcorn"Your [popcorn] service makes a world of difference and helps to boost the morale of the service men and women throughout the world." ~~ Robert ----, Admiral "Thank you for your thoughtfulness to the needs of our troops.  The kindness you have shown makes a difference in the day-to-day lives of our service members.  God Bless you, and please keep up with the things you are doing."  ~~ Lt. Ronald ----, USAF Wing Chaplain "It is always a great thing when we can show our support and loyalty to our men and women of service, and I thank you for your hard work and commitment to our troops."  ~~ a state Governor "My sailors and I appreciate your thoughtfulness and the hard work that went into making your donation possible.  Your patriotic support is a great encouragement to all."  ~~ Capt. David -----, USN "Boy Scouts, SupportOurTroops.Org, and Trails End Popcorn Company: A short note to pass on our sincerest gratitude to you all for donating thousands of cases of Trails End popcorn.  We received your shipment a couple of weeks ago and have been busy distributing it to the work centers, MWR centers, military Passenger terminals, etc. and have heard nothing but praise for you and the support you have for our US forces.  Many of us were Scouts and remember the great things we did as young men & women, it is fantastic to see the Scouting program continuing to support the troops. Again, our sincerest gratitude to you all for the support of our forces both deployed and at home.  Our Soldiers, Airman, Marines and Sailors thank you and say "Job Well Done!"  Respectfully, ~~  Commander, Baghdad "On behalf of the USO, I would tike to thank you for your generous donation of 15,720 packets of Trails-End Microwave Popcorn to Operation US0 Care Package. These items have been placed in care packages for distribution to our troops sending in the war against terrorism. We rely on contributions from companies such as yours to help us lift the morale and meet the many needs of our soldiers here and abroad."  ~~ Edward P----, President, US0 Worldwide Operations "On behalf of our troops at the 163d Reconnaissance Wing, CA Air National Guard, we want to say Thank You! Please pass on our sincere gratitude to the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of America for their hard work raising money to donate popcorn for our troops. What a wonderful program and way to thank our men and women and their families for their to our country by providing them with this treat! Your kindness is sincerely appreciated by our members, their families and countless American Troops serving our nation around the world." Sincerely,  ~~ Debbie H---- Wing Family Program Coordinator "For three consecutive years, SupportOurTroops.Org and its affiliates have collected and shipped millions of dollars of product to U.S. service members serving abroad, whether it is the "Warfighter" serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait, the war-wounded being treated in medical treatment facilities around the world, or Sailors and Marines serving on ships deployed worldwide. Your organization's can-do spirit and steadfast efforts have improved the quality of life of thousands of troops each year. Through your personal efforts and that of your affiliates, your work serves as a constant reminder to those serving so far from home that they are supported by communities and neighborhoods nationwide. On behalf of troops serving worldwide, please pass on to your staff and your affiliates a sincere 'Thank You' for the unyielding support that they continue to provide."  ~~  Bill W----, Navy MWR Command "Just wanted to pass along my genuine thanks and appreciation for the caramel corn! Very nice surprise to say the least!!!" ~~ Tara ---, USAF

Send a $25 Popcorn Pack to the Troops Right Now!


Just click the pic.    It's that easy.  Absolutely amazing.   So where does all this popcorn come from?  From the American People!   Each Fall the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts go door to door down streets all across America and ask people if they would like to donate $25 of popcorn treats to the troops.  And at $25 a pop this many people step up each year. Who does this?  SupportOurTroops.Org, the Boy Scouts of America, and the Trail's-End® Popcorn Company team up to pull this off yearly. Support Our Troops Chairman orderpopcornscoutpictureMartin C. Boire say "kids, if you want to know how to pull off something this huge get into Scouting.    If you get into Scouting, you'll get to organize hundreds of things and be ready to do stuff like this your whole life too.  That's where I learned to do all this" Who manufactures it?  Nothing but the best for our troops!  Trail's-End® popcorn is known as America's Best Popcorn. It is produced by Weaver Popcorn Company, one of the largest producers and manufacturers of popcorn products in the world. An 80-year-old, family-owned company located in Indiana, Weaver Popcorn distributes its products in more than 90 countries. Visit the Operation Popcorn Photo Gallery. About SupportOurTroops.Org.  SupportOurTroops.Org is a nationwide platform for individuals, organizations, businesses and non-prof­its to bolster America's troops and their families in a multitude of ways.   Built and operated by civilians, SupportOurTroops.Org is a moral covenant with those who serve to protect us and our families.   SupportOurTroops.Org is a resource that was not available to previous generations of troops, and now stands as a permanent living testament to the affection and loyalty good Americans hold for those who do such for all of us. The free online troop-supporter Community at SupportOurTroops.Org offers simple ways for all of us to thank and show support to American troops (our deployed neighbors) serving all over the world.  It is a non-partisan, non-political civilian organization, welcoming civilians, active-duty families, and veterans as members.   Donations at SupportOurTroops.Org help us do wonderful  things like this for the troops and their families. What else are we doing?  Chairman Martin C. Boire, said, "we're the license plate people.  We have completed state-issuance of  Support Our Troops! plates in some 26 states to date, and have more underway.  Those plates help us do good things like this for our deployed neighbors.  Sign up for your plate today. You  can find out the status of the project in your state at" What is Support Our Troops®?  Support Our Troops® is a patriotic family organization aimed at bolstering the well-being of the troops and their families.  They Support Us Let's Support Them!  Civilian-led, SOT enthusiastically welcomes civilians, active-duty families, veterans, and folks from all political parties.  We offer simple, easy, everyday methods through which folks can stick up for those who stick up for all of us.  Support Our Troops is a nation-wide 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with chapters in 37 states to date. How does get all of this done? Through our free  online community forum at SupportOurTroops.Org, and a lot of hard work by a lot of good kids and adults across America.
CFC (Combined Federal Campaign) Member #31529.  Support Our Troops®Â  is an authorized private civilian national and international nonprofit in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).  It is the largest and most successful workplace charity campaign in the world.  Federal employees can help Support Our Troops® by designating to code 31529. Martin C. Boire Chairman, Support Our Troops® Nationwide News Release, not PSA:  Permission is granted to reprint and further ditribute this article and graphic in manner favorable to the troops.

Meet Your Military: Drill Instructor Enjoys Fly-fishing

[caption id="attachment_3603" align="alignleft" width="250"]DrillInstructorEnjoys Marine Corps Staff Sgt. David R. Brewer, a drill instructor at the recruit training center in San Diego, acquired a passion for fly-fishing from his grandfather while growing up in Colorado. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Rebecca A. Lamont[/caption] MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO – He started learning the ins and outs of fly-fishing from his grandfather at age 7. Years later, he’d spend every day on the Gunnison River in Colorado.
“My grandfather taught me everything I know about fly-fishing,â€Â said Marine Corps Staff Sgt. David R. Brewer, a drill instructor with Platoon 3263, Company M.Fly-fishing differs from other forms of fishing because the individual stands in a river with waders and uses an artificial bug as bait, using an ancient angling method.“It gives me an adrenaline rush,â€Â Brewer said. “You don’t know when the fish will jump out, and then it becomes a fight.â€Â The Gunnison River is Brewer’s favorite place to fish because it’s in a canyon; the water is incredibly clear. It’s a very peaceful place and few people know about it. “I’d fish with my grandfather and usually my two younger brothers as well,â€Â Brewer said. “We are all best friends.â€Â Brewer’s grandfather once showed his grandsons how to catch trout using a cookie. “One day my brothers and I were making fun of my grandfather, telling him he wasn’t going to catch anything that day,â€Â Brewer recalled. “Well, then he put [a cookie] in his mouth and casted his fly 15 feet ahead.â€Â Within a minute, his grandfather reeled in an 11-pound brown trout -- a large-sized fish to catch in a river -- and his grandfather had the last laugh, Brewer said. More recently, Brewer’s grandfather celebrated his birthday with his son and Brewer on a deep-sea fishing charter boat in San Diego. Although he didn’t keep his catch, Brewer’s grandfather caught a 350-pound hammerhead shark. “He put him back. It’s all about the thrill,â€Â Brewer said. “Besides, what is someone going to do with 350 pounds of meat?â€Â Brewer had a fish story worthy of telling for years when he caught a 14-pound rainbow trout on the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs, Colo. “My brother and I were fishing one day and I was standing on a rock in the center of the river,â€Â he said. A fish grabbed his fly and unraveled all the line off his reel. “I had to get off my rock and follow him,â€Â Brewer said. “He dragged me into a strong current, and the water was up to my neck, so I had to hop on another rock.â€Â But then he slipped. “All my gear went down river, and I had to swim at this point,â€Â he said. “But I never let go of that fishing pole.â€Â Two hours later, Brewer finally won the fight, but with a price. Although he lost all of his fishing gear, it was well worth catching that rainbow trout, he said. “I don’t eat fish; I just snap a picture and let it go,â€Â he said. “It’s just for the experience and the competition between my brothers on who can catch the biggest fish, that’s all.â€Â It’s also a good time on the river and nice bonding with family, he said. Brewer will be home on leave soon, fishing with his brothers. He and his grandfather plan to go fly-fishing in Alaska someday, he said, because they look forward to the challenging fight the 50-pound salmon there would bring. “I’m going to be catching big fish for the rest of my life. I guarantee it,â€Â Brewer said. March 16, 2010: By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rebecca A. Lamont-Special to American Forces Press Service (Lance Cpl. Rebecca A. Lamont serves at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.) ***SOT***



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