U.S. Soldier shows off care packageRecently, Afghanistan - Master Sergeant James -- works with the deployed 72nd Medical Detachment (VSS). They are a small unit that handles all the veterinary treatment and food inspection for working soldiers. Support Our Troops sent care packages to the soldiers, and James provided us with photos of his fellow troops enjoying some rare treats from home. The packages, he said, brought smiles and cheer to his fellow soldiers.
Here is Master Sergeant James --’s letter: SOT Group, I would like to thank you for bringing a little piece of home to our unit during our deployment. We are a small dispersed unit that conducts all the veterinary treatment and food inspection in theater.
We received your package last week and have disbursed throughout the theater to our other sites and I have asked for more pics. If they come in I will surely pass them along to your organization and thank you again for the support and smiles you bring.
Army Col. William Taylor, commander of the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, left, presents the Army Commendation Medal to Army Cpl. Tristan L. Booth, a native of Maple Valley, Wash., and the senior cable system installer/maintainer from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd CAB, during a ceremony on Camp Humphreys, South Korea, Aug. 5, 2015. Booth was recognized for his efforts in saving a Korean civilian's life. Courtesy photoCAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea, Aug. 12, 2015 – Army Cpl. Tristan L. Booth helped to rescue an injured South Korean citizen who’d fallen onto the railroad tracks at a train station in the nearby city of Pyeongtaek.
Booth, a native of Maple Valley, Washington, and the senior cable system installer/maintainer from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, was at the AK Plaza with his then-fiancé, Juran Hyun, during the May 3 incident. The weekend was coming to a close, with Booth saying goodbye to Hyun as she headed back to Seoul on the subway.
The couple was sitting on a bench when Booth overheard a Korean civilian making strange noises. Then, Booth heard a loud bang, “and saw everyone moving to the edge of the platform and looking down toward the tracks.” He added, “Once we got to the crowd, I could see a man lying face up on top of the track.”
Providing Assistance Booth jumped down along with a civilian to try and help the man who had fallen.It took them two or three attempts to lift the heavy man to the top of the platform before they could get themselves out of harm’s way. “I didn’t know if a train was going to come or not,” Booth said. “I am still in shock that I jumped down there.” Once they were safe on top of the platform, Booth noticed a severe laceration on the man’s head. Booth remembered he had a t-shirt inside of his backpack and rushed to retrieve it.
A damaged U.S. Army helicopter rests on the desk of the USNS Red Cloud off Okinawa island, southern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo August 12, 2015. REUTERS/KyodoTOKYO, Wednesday - Our troops and soldiers do a dangerous job, but an important one. They work to protect our freedoms and way of life. Here at Support Our Troops® we sometimes get the honor and privilege of sharing stories from deployed military members. Recently, we shared some messages from Okinawa.
Unfortunately, it isn't always good news. Early Wednesday morning, according to an NBC news report, a helicopter crash landed near Okinawa on Wednesday, injuring seven people. It was a UH-60 Black Hawk aircraft, performing a "hard-deck landing" on the USNS Red Cloud. Footage showed the chopper with part of its tail broken off.
Army Sgt. Brian Calhoun attends a South Carolina Army National Guard Warrior Leadership Course at McCrady Training Center in Eastover, S.C., April 7, 2015. Courtesy photoCOLUMBIA, S.C., Aug. 10, 2015 – For years, Army Sgt. Brian Calhoun, a photojournalist in the 108th Public Affairs Detachment, South Carolina National Guard, has balanced his day-to-day civilian life and military obligations.
“I initially enlisted in the South Carolina National Guard while I was a senior in high school,” Calhoun said. “I would go off and train on drill weeks, which made my senior-year experience much different than my classmates’.” Calhoun initially joined Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion 1/263 Air Defense Artillery, a brand-new unit where he served for seven years as an Air Defense Artillery Command and Control System Operator-Repairer.
Taking a Break When that unit was deactivated, Calhoun was at the end of his enlistment and decided to leave the National Guard. “When my original unit deactivated, it was a good time for me to take a break from military service,” Calhoun said. “I had just completed mortuary college and was beginning my professional career as a funeral director. My new job would require me to work weekends. I didn’t want weekend drill or annual training to interfere, so I decided to take a short break.” Calhoun’s “short” break from the military ended up lasting 16 years.“I never intended to be away from the Guard for that amount of time and I always missed it,” Calhoun said. “I think once you become a soldier you never stop. A part of me was missing and I wanted to get back in the Guard to fill that huge hole.”