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Troop Highlights: Air Traffic Controller Fulfills Long-Term Plans

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Brent Hunt Special to American Forces Press Service CAMP TAJI, Iraq, Sept. 5, 2008 €“ For one Iron Eagle soldier here, there was never a question of if she would serve. The only question was when.
[caption id="attachment_3592" align="alignleft" width="250"]troopbhramdatairtaffic Army Spc. Radha Bhramdat watches as two Black Hawk helicopters land at the Camp Taji Airfield, north of Baghdad, Aug. 28, 2008. Bhramdat is an air traffic controller with the 4th Infantry Division's Company F, 2nd Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brent Hunt[/caption] "Since I was 15, my mom started giving me the idea of serving in the military. She is real pro-military," Army Spc. Radha Bhramdat said. Bhramdat, of New York City, is an air traffic controller with the 4th Infantry Division's Company F, 2nd Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade. "Then, when I was a freshmen in high school, 9/11 happened and the event had a big impact on me," she said. "I lived very close to where it happened, so joining the military was inevitable for me." Bhramdat begin her Army career by serving in the New York, and then North Carolina National Guard. After four years of serving in the Guard, Bhramdat made the move to active duty. Now she coordinates aircraft movement from the Camp Taji control tower, just north of Baghdad, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. "I've been doing this for about two months, and this job is more than I expected," she said while keeping close watch on the airfield. "Once you get an aircraft [on radar], you start communicating with them, and then you tell them where you want them to land. It is a lot to worry about with all the other aircraft in the area." Bhramdat works in a company of more than 40 air traffic controllers who are responsible for safely orchestrating the take-offs and landings of all types of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. Soldiers from the company are spread out in different locations in support of the Iraq mission. With flights departing or landing day and night, air traffic controllers coordinate their movements to prevent accidents. They coordinate air movements at sites ranging from temporary landing zones to fixed-tower airfields. The company, based at Fort Hood, Texas, stood up only a year ago and is still growing. More than 80 percent of the controllers were straight out of advanced individual training when they joined the team. Soldiers new to the company are required to perform 154 days of on-the-job training, which includes monitoring the progress of aircraft, conducting local ground control, and then becoming certified by the Federal Aviation Administration for the particular airfield where they work. "This is her first experience at a very, very busy facility," said Army Capt. Amanda Violette, Company F commander from Nobleboro, Maine. "Growing our own has been the biggest challenge with this company. She has shown so much potential it is unbelievable." (Army Sgt. 1st Class Brent Hunt serves in Multinational Division Baghdad with the 4th Infantry Division's Combat Aviation Brigade.) Source: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=51049

A Fine Thank You from the USS Port Royal

navyussportroyal-8-08txtAugust 12, 2008 - Captain of the USS Port Royal writes Support Our Troops® and says:  Thank you very much for the generous donation of popcorn to the crew of USS Port Royal.  My sailors and I greatly appreciated your thoughtfulness and the hard work that went into making your donation possible.  Your patriotic support is a great encouragement to us all.   Sincerely and Mahalo,  David B. Adler,  Captain, U.S. Navy, Commanding officer.

Outdoor Magazines to the Troops

magazinesAugust 29, 2008 - The troops overseas in several locations overseas just took delivery of  22,800 brand new top of the line outdoor sportsman's magazines from SupportOurTroops.Org. Half of them went to the Army in Korea (remember our neighbors are protecting us in many places in addition to Iraq).    Half went to the Navy.   This is all thanks to our cooperating partner, The Sportsman Channel.   The military tells us these are a real hot sought-after item over there.  This is a $79,800 value.  It is the least we can do for those who do so much for us every day.   Imagine how much more could be done if America's Fortune 500 companies donated!!

Afghanistan Air Drop from Washington State Civilians

100px-Seal_of_Washington_svgAfghanistan Air Drop from Washington State Civilian: In November 2007 Kirkland-based Technical Glass Products (TGP), future resident of Snoqualmie Ridge, assembled care packages that were flown and air-dropped to a 130-person Airborne Infantry company on front-line combat posts in Afghanistan. Citizens of Snoqualmie and North Bend, Washington, and the surrounding area were invited to buy and bring the following new items to Meadow Brook Farm, 1711 Boalch Ave, North Bend, Washington:        
  • phone cards (#1 choice so they can phone home to their loved ones)
  • personal hygiene items
  • quality snack foods
  • magazines books
  • AA and AAA batteries
  • DVDs
  • iPODs
  • 1 & 2 GB/SD memory sticks (external hard drives)
  • Nerf toys
  • Multi-colored gel pens (to write home with)
  • VISA and MasterCard gift cards for when they do make it back to a base.
SupportOurTroops.Org helped disseminate information about the project.  The items were air-dropped into the troops' location in Afghanistan, a combat zone. Here's what Roy Emerson, executive officer of the 130-person Airborne Infantry Company, said when he requested the packages: "These men have been occupying combat outposts where they are frequently engaged with the enemy. They've been eating MRE's [Meals-Ready-to-Eat] for the last six months and have had no comforts from home. No regular mail. No good food. No Internet. Few personal hygiene items or other simple things.

Bryan / College Station Jaycees Assemble 49 Care Packages For The Troops

bryantx-jayceecarepacks2Bryan / College Station Jaycees "Operation Cheap Date"- Bryan Texas - July 26, 2008; Under a blazing hot Texas sun, the Bryan / College Station Jaycees were sweating for a good cause on Saturday, July 26th.  The Jaycees are a cooperating partner of SupportOurTroops.Org. The project dubbed "Operation Cheap Date" awarded a prize of a free appetizer or dessert to local restaurants for a donation of 5 separate items from the list of supplies for the troops or a $25 monetary donation.  Items donated included single serve powdered drink mixes, snacks, wet wipes, toiletries, hard candy DVD's, magazines, and much more.     bryantx-jayceecarepacks3The Bryan / College Station Jaycees received community support from a local radio station, Candy 95.  The Candy 95 DJ's were on site talking about the Jaycees all afternoon on air and encouraging the community to help support our troops.  The local Newspaper, The Bryan Eagle also supported Operation Cheap Date by printing an article on Friday asking the community to support the Jaycees by donating supplies for the troops.     bryantx-jayceecarepacks1Operation Cheap Date was a very successful project and allowed our community to be involved in supporting the troops.  The Bryan / College Station Jaycees raised $310 in donations and collected 49 boxes of supplies to ship overseas.  The Bryan Eagle reported that the community would and could do better than the original goal of 15 boxes of supplies.  The Bryan / College Station community delivered results! Thank you to the Bryan / College Station community and thank you to our troops serving our country overseas!  We miss you all and hope you come home soon. Written by Carla Townson SupportOurTroops.Org thanks the Jaycees, one of our cooperating partners, for doing such a wonderful thing for the troops!

27 TONS of Good-will Treats to California Guard Members and Their Families!

July 18, 2008 - 27 TONS of good-will treats to California Guard members and their families! SupportOurTroops.Org, CFC#31529, is right now delivering shipping 27 TONS popcorn good-will gifts to California national guard units and families. That's 60 pallets. $224,538 worth! And it's all marked with colorful "thank-you" signage. And that's on top of hundreds of tons shipped by SupportOurTroops.Org to deployed California Troops all around the world. "Who are these €˜troops?' " said Martin Boire, Chairman of SupportOurTroops.Org. "Why, they are our neighbors, who are deployed to protect us. What a fun way to show them how much we think of them, right now tractor-trailers are up and down the roadways the length of the state delivering pallets of free microwave popcorn treats for kids camps and events. Each case of popcorn comes labeled with colorful €˜thank-you' signage. What a tremendous gesture of good will. A warm positive way to show them how much we care." These days a lot of the troops who are deployed to protect us and our families are our neighbors -- members of the guard. And our deployed neighbors have spouses and kids here at home. This is a simple fun way to show them we care. Especially their kids. We want them to know that we care about them and know that they are there. These free microwave popcorn treats will be used at summer camps for their kids, retreats which give returning troops and their families some decompression time together, and at family assistance centers which help with various needs. California Support Our Troops® member Nancy Cunningham said "We want them surrounded with expressions of good will from us. This microwave popcorn is a simple fun wholesome expression of our awareness of, belief in, and gratitude for their spouses and parents. It is a simple easy way for people to get involved" About SupportOurTroops.Org SupportOurTroops.Org, CFC#31529, offers simple ways for folks to thank and show support to American troops (our neighbors) serving to keep our families safe. It is a non-partisan, non-political civilian organization, welcoming civilians, active-duty families, and veterans as members. Neighbor to neighbor. Donations at SupportOurTroops.Org help us do wonderful things like this for the troops and their families. Who did this? SupportOurTroops.org, and its cooperating partners the Boy Scouts of America, and the Trails End Popcorn Company teamed up to pull this off. Said Support Our Troops® Chairman Martin C. Boire: "kids, you want to know how to pull off something this huge? Get into Scouting, you'll get to organize hundreds of things." Where do you think I learned how to do this? Who manufactured 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. Where did all this popcorn come from? From the American People! The Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts went door to door across America and asked people if they would like to donate $25 of popcorn treats to the troops. And at $25 a pop this many people did. What is SupportOurTroops.Org? Support Our Troops® is a patriotic family organization aimed at protecting 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: official license plates, yellow ribbons, apparel, and accessories, knowing that it works to benefit the deployed troops (our neighbors) and their families. Support Our Troops is a nation-wide 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with chapters in 37 states to date. We also operate the Find-A-Group„¢ Program, a major service program linking everyone up by providing a consolidated, editable, searchable web list of all charities and organizations doing anything that benefits the active duty troops or their families. How does SupportOurTroops.org get all of this done? Through our 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® is an authorized private civilian national and international nonprofit in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Federal employees can help Support Our Troops® by designating to code 31529. Contact: 1-877-879-8882 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Download a picture of troops with popcorn and the SupportOurTroops.Org logo at SupportOurTroops.Org, or through this press release.
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