Meet the Wolf Pack – 419th CSSB

We’re Off to A Great Start But We’re Running Out of Time!

Want to do something that will make a real difference to the troops? You can help make the daily routine of our troops serving in Afghanistan a little better. We’ve got several units currently deployed who have contacted us and they need supplies!

We’ve set a goal to raise $20,000 to help them with a deadline of September 11th.

So far we’ve raised $4,874 for our troops, so we have another $15,126 to go! With your help we can make this deadline but with less than two weeks left, we have to keep the support coming in steadily.

Nothing brings a serviceman or woman more joy than knowing that someone back home is thankful and thinking of them while they are on deployment. Care packages include a wonderful array of high quality food, snacks, and hygiene items that troops overseas consistently request. Click Here to Send One Now!

Each care package sponsored is packed with love and care by our team of dedicated volunteers and includes a wonderful mix of food and personal care items. There’s gourmet coffee by the Rogers Family Company, genuine Oreo cookies, super premium quality beef jerky, Hoo-Ahhs field towels, deodorant, sunblock and much much more.

 

 

A Little More About the 419th CSSB ‘WOLFPACK’

The 419th CSSB is known as the WOLFPACK and has been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq several times since the launching of the War on Terror.

In Iraq they were in charge of supplying and supporting US troops conducting close combat operations in some of the most dangerous neighborhoods of Baghdad. Their role providing battlefield mobility and transportation is critical to getting our troops where they are needed most and making sure they have what they need to get the job done.

Now in Afghanistan, they’re serving the same critical role.

The 419th Conducts Deployment Ceremony in Tustin

Story by 1st Lt. Fernando Ochoa

311th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)

Published by US Army Public Affairs (Unclassified)

February 22, 2014

TUSTIN, Calif. – John Bayard Taylor Campbell III of the 45th Congressional District attended a deployment ceremony for the 419th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion at the Tustin Armed Forces Reserve Center Feb. 22, which will be deploying more than 60 soldiers to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The 419th CSSB will be supporting sustainment and retrograde operations in the Afghanistan Theater of operation. Members of the sustainment headquarters are from California and Arizona.

“Our main mission is to support retrograde operations, but I want to make sure, most of all, to protect of my soldiers from our enemies, which include the Taliban,” said Anthony T. Huy, 419th CSSB detachment commander. “We have been through intense training for readiness and we have a ‘Can Do’ attitude.”

The 419th CSSB will report to their mobilization station in Texas to conduct additional administrative and training requirements for transition to active duty. After this training, the soldiers will deploy overseas to perform its mission of convoy security operations and sustainment support operations in Afghanistan.

Hundreds of friends and family sat under a canvas canopy, cheering and applauding for their loved ones. For many, this was not their first deployment ceremony.

“I am proud to be a company commander for this deployment,” said Capt. Raymond Pharsono, 419th CSSB HHC commander. “Of course we want to accomplish our mission, but most of all we want to bring every one of our soldiers home.

URGENT NEED for Supplies in Afghanistan – Answer the Call!

URGENT: Troops in Afghanistan need supplies

ANSWER THE CALL 9/11 CAMPAIGN

We are receiving larger than normal requests from our troops for care packages and needed supplies due to the closing of many of the PXs and rough conditions in Afghanistan. 

It is up to us to step up and “Answer Their Call!”   So far we have raised $3,049.

To fulfill all of the requests, we still need to raise $16,951 in the next two weeks to make a large shipment of care packages to commemorate and honor the sacrifices made on 9/11.

Our office in inundated with requests from troop leaders requesting care packages for their troops growing needs. We are off to a decent start, but have to step it up if we are going to reach our goal by 9/11.

 

One such request that we have received is from the 419th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB):

 

 

 

Will you answer this call from the 419th CSSB Task Force Guardian and the many more requests that we have received?

 

 

Here are some photos provided by our contact from the 419th

Free Our Marine Tahmooressi Rally After Action Report

AFTER ACTION REPORT : Successful Rally for Marine Andrew Tahmooressi Sends a Message to Brown and Obama

We just returned from the big rally to support Andrew Tamooressi and wanted to share these pictures with you! It was a great event with an estimated 150 – 200 attendees. We had reporters from all across Northern California and as far away as Los Angeles. With the signs, chants, and press coverage, we are sending a strong message to President Obama, Governor Brown, and Mexican President Nieto.

Now that we’ve had a chance to sort through all the pictures from the rally, we’ve got some great photos to show you of the results! Great job everyone who showed up and thank you for taking time out of your day to stand up for Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi!

Free Tahmooressi Rally in Sacramento

If you are not familiar with the facts, Andrew Tahmooressi served two combat tours in Afghanistan with the US Marine Corps before he was honorably discharged in 2012 and returned to the US. On March 31, 2014, he was on his way to meet some friends in the town of San Ysidro, California, a town very close to the Mexican border. He made one unlucky wrong turn and found himself on a one way road into Mexico with no way of turning around or getting off the highway.

After accidentally crossing the border, he informed Mexican border agents that he had loaded firearms in his vehicle and just wanted to turn around. Instead of being allowed to simply turn back, he was arrested and held for 8 hours before being charged with possession of illegal weapons (Mexico have very strict gun control laws). Ever since, it has been a battle to try to bring Sgt. Tahmooressi home. He’s been held in Mexico for 149 days now.

President Obama has done nothing to bring our Marine home. He hasn’t asked or negotiated with Nieto. Obama is willing to negotiate with the Taliban to free 5 Terrorists at GITMO, but he won’t lift a finger to negotiate with Mexico to get our Marine home. It’s shameful. Not only that, but considering that Mexico lives under the safety umbrella that the United States provides for North America via the sacrifice and courage of military men and women like Andrew, this is no way for the Mexican government to treat an American hero!

We are still taking donations to try to recoup the cost of organizing this rally and also help us spearhead the upcoming petition drive! Please DONATE HERE and help us make it happen!

Rally to Bring Home Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi

CALL TO ACTION:
Rally In Sacramento To
Bring Home Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi

Get ready! It’s time to mobilize the grassroots troops to help our Marine Andrew Tahmooressi who is being held by the Mexican government after being unfairly jailed and held captive in degrading and inhumane conditions for 146 days!

Despite continued calls for the Mexican government to release our Marine, he has been held there since March 31st! It’s time for Mexico to release an American hero and bring Andrew home!

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto will be visiting with California Governor Jerry Brown this Tuesday, and we’re joining friends here in Sacramento to help organize a rally to support Andrew and demand that President Nieto release him and ensure a safe return to American soil!

If you are not familiar with the facts, Andrew Tahmooressi served two combat tours in Afghanistan with the US Marine Corps before he was honorably discharged in 2012 and returned to the US. On March 31, 2014, he was on his way to meet some friends in the town of San Ysidro, California, a town very close to the Mexican border. He made one unlucky wrong turn and found himself on a one way road into Mexico with no way of turning around or getting off the highway.

After accidentally crossing the border, he informed Mexican border agents that he had loaded firearms in his vehicle and just wanted to turn around. Instead of being allowed to simply turn back, he was detained and held for 8 hours before being charged with possession of illegal weapons (Mexico have very strict gun control laws). Ever since, it has been a battle to try to bring Sgt. Tahmooressi home. He’s been held in Mexico for 146 days now.

Considering that Mexico lives under the safety umbrella that the United States provides for North America via the sacrifice and courage of military men and women like Andrew, this is no way to treat an American hero!

Please see the details below and join us on August 26th in Sacramento to show your support!   If you are not in the Sacramento area but know someone that is, please forward this email to them and post on your social media pages as we have to have a good crowd.

 

Patriotic Rally to Bring Home Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi
Governor Jerry Brown & Mexican President Nieto

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Leland Stanford Museum
800 N St. Sacramento, CA (Near Capitol)

Bring American flags and signs supporting Sgt. Tahmooressi and our troops. Please do not bring signs regarding other issues – we are organizing this demonstration specifically to ask for our Marine to come home safely!

CLICK HERE TO RSVP ONLINE


To sign up a deployed servicemember to receive a care package or
to request care packages if you are a deployed servicemember, visit
www.moveamericaforward.org or call (916) 441-6197

CALL TO ACTION: RALLY IN SACRAMENTO

Patriotic Rally to Bring Home Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi

Rally DATE and TIME

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

 

Rally LOCATION

Leland Stanford Museum
800 N St. Sacramento, CA (Near Capitol)

RSVP HERE

Help Us Send a Special Batch of 9/11 Care Packages


HELP US SEND A SPECIAL BATCH OF CARE
PACKAGES TO OUR TROOPS FOR 9/11


We are only 20 days away from the anniversary of September 11th, 2001 and we are busy getting together a special batch of packages in memory of all those who have sacrificed and confronted evil since that day. We thought that this would be a fitting time to remind them that we will NEVER FORGET.

As you know, so many of our troops serving today woke up 13 years ago to the chilling horrors of Islamic Terrorism when in New York City, the Pentagon and Shanksville, PA. But instead of fear, they showed bravery and made the decision to serve in the armed forces and protect us all from those who carried out the deadly September 11th attacks.

Our nation was under fire, and they Answered The Call to defend it. Will you Answer the Call to support them now?

With the 13th anniversary of that dark day approaching, we must not forget that there are still 33,000 American troops fighting the war that was launched that day when Al Qaeda and the Taliban declared war on us and murdered over 3,000 innocent Americans and citizens from countries around the world.

Our goal is to raise $20,000 to help selected units that are still deployed on the front lines in Afghanistan. Sponsor a care package today and remind them that after 13 years we still have not forgotten, and will never forget the sacrifices they make for all of us!

Make sure that when you sponsor a care package to remind our troops how thankful you are by filling out the personalized message that goes in the package. We hear over and over again from our troops how receiving a care package got them through some of their toughest times on deployment. How a message of support and love reminded them that they are in our hearts and thoughts. Click here to send a care package and give our troops the best gift anyone can get while deployed; Love, Care, and Support!

 

Troops Love Getting Coffee

TROOPS LOVE GETTING COFFEE IN THE CARE PACKAGES


Active Duty U.S. Marines Michael Haft and Harrison Suarez write about the history of the Marine Corps secret weapon, that’s been helping Marines fight America’s wars since the first days of the revolution: Coffee!

It’s true, one of the most appreciated items in Move America Forward’s care packages is the locally roasted gourmet coffee provided by the Rogers Family Coffee Company especially for the troops on the front lines.

We have a wide range of boxes of Rogers coffee in our warehouse in many different flavors and roasts like French Roast, Espresso Roast, Hazelnut, Southern Pecan, Breakfast Blend, Irish Creme, Colombian, and the 100% organic Rainforest blend. Rogers coffee is a very important part of our care packages!




August 19, 2013
Every American knows the story of the Boston Tea Party and its implications on the Revolutionary War. Lesser known, but perhaps of greater relevance to a nation recognized more for coffee breaks than tea time, is the fact that America’s taste for coffee is inextricably linked to the history of its military.CLICK HERE TO SUPPLY OUR TROOPS WITH THE COFFEE THEY LOVE

We weren’t aware of it until just recently. But in hindsight, it made perfect sense that we would become obsessed with coffee when we joined the Marines. As we later discovered, we were part of a long line of men whose enthusiasm for the drink was closely tied to their experiences in the service.


Battle-weary Marines of the 22nd Regiment drank coffee after heavy fighting on Einwetok Atoll in the Pacific Theater in February 1944.

As Capt. Robert K. Beecham wrote in his book, “Gettysburg: The Pivotal Battle of the Civil War”: “The power of the soldiers to endure the fatigue of the march and keep their places in the ranks was greatly enhanced by an opportunity to brew a cup of coffee by the wayside.”
By the time of World War II, American servicemen were consuming 32.5 pounds of coffee per capita, per year, with the Army Quartermaster Corps going so far as to roast, grind, vacuum pack and ship its own beans overseas. Meanwhile, legend has it that when soldiers in Italy encountered espresso, they watered it down to make a concoction similar to the coffee they drank at home. There are many competing accounts, but some people surmise that these were the humble beginnings of the drink we now know as an “Americano.”

Years later, when it was our time to join the Marines, Vietnam veterans told us stories about burning C4 explosive to make their coffee in the jungle. We weren’t as cool – the rations we were issued came with a flameless chemical heater – but like those before us, coffee would serve as one of the few constants in our otherwise nomadic existence.

There usually wasn’t much time, and more often than not we would simply choke down a packet of dry instant coffee for its caffeine. But, when possible, we would sit for a few minutes and bond over a cup with another Marine.

 


The authors, First Lt. Harrison Suarez, left, and First Lt. Michael Haft,  brewed coffee during down time in training in Camp Lejeune, N.C., in September  2012.

There are over 100 care packages sitting in our warehouse ready to ship out to troops in Afghanistan on the front lines. We just need your help to sponsor them so we can get them out the door! Please help us send a strong message of support to the men and women who go overseas to protect our lives and freedoms.

We hear over and over again from troops that receiving a care package got them through some of their toughest times on deployment. A message of support and love reminded them that they are in our hearts. Click here to send a care package and give our troops the best gift anyone can get while deployed; love, care, and support!

Radical Islam Rages – Don’t Forget Our Troops!

US Airstrikes Help Kurds Retake Critical Territory, ISIS Issues Threat to Americans “We Will Drown You All In Blood”


The terrorist group ISIS has declared a caliphate in Iraq. They have slaughtered Iraqi Christians, Kurds and other ethnic or religious minorities who used to live peacefully alongside Iraq’s Arab population. Finally, with the situation teetering on catastrophe, President Obama finally took some action and ordered American forces to conduct airstrikes on ISIS troops. With American air support, the Kurds have fought to regain some territory.

 

Iraq Crisis: Islamic State Militants Driven From Mosul Dam
Iraqi and Kurdish Forces, Backed by U.S. Airstrikes, Push Out Islamic State


By NOUR MALAS And TAMER EL-GHOBASHY
Updated Aug. 19, 2014 4:24 a.m. ET
BADRIYA, Iraq - Looking out from his hilltop post over the fighting for the Mosul Dam, the Kurdish special-forces commander fretted that his 5,000 troops didn’t have the firepower to dislodge Islamist insurgents.But by the end of the second day of their ground offensive, backed by Iraqi troops and U.S. airstrikes, the Kurdish forces had wrested back control of the fragile dam and driven out militants from the group also known as ISIS or ISIL. Kurdish officials said their success here may pave the way for a broader offensive to reclaim territory in the country’s north, including the important city of Mosul.

The ground offensive began on Sunday following 25 U.S. airstrikes over the weekend. After more than 12 hours of fighting on the first day, the Kurdish region’s forces known as the Peshmerga, backed by special counterterrorism units and U.S. airstrikes, secured a 24-kilometer stretch of land approaching the dam.

They then cleared the area of more than 500 Islamic State fighters, the commander said.

On Monday, U.S. aircraft conducted 15 more strikes around the dam, using fighter jets, bombers and drones.

The battle thrust the Kurdish Regional Government, a U.S. ally with a troubled relationship with the central Iraqi government in Baghdad, into the thick of the battle against the Islamic State.

Meanwhile, ISIS has been busy publishing several videos issuing threats against all Americans.

Below is a screenshot, but we cannot show the videos due to their horrible content. If you decide to seek them out online, please be cautious. These videos show graphic images of terrorist activity including IEDs and beheadings. They are extremely violent and offensive.

ISIS warns they will attack Americans “in any place” and says “we will drown all of you in blood.” ISIS is truly a menace equal to any terrorist organization. They are as ruthless and murderous as Al Qaeda or the Taliban or any affiliated group and if they are allowed to expand their influence in Iraq it’s only a matter of time before they start killing Americans.

All the while, in Afghanistan, our troops on the ground continue to fight the Taliban amidst the draw-down. In these uncertain times, our troops need our support. What will happen if we pull out of Afghanistan? Many fear that it will be necessary to send troops back to Iraq now that Obama has allowed it to become such a mess. Will we risk the same thing happening to Afghanistan if we pull out too soon?

While our troops ponder these questions, we can do nothing but offer our support – send care packages to show them that we have their backs and support them on any battlefield, no matter where they have to go to defend America.

Nothing brings a serviceman or woman more joy than knowing that someone back home is thankful and thinking of them while they are on deployment.

Care packages include a wonderful array of high quality food, snacks, and hygiene items that troops overseas consistently request. Click Here to Send One Today.

We hear over and over again from troops that receiving a care package got them through some of their toughest times on deployment. A message of support and love reminded them that they are in our hearts. Click here to send a care package and give our troops the best gift anyone can get while deployed; love, care, and support!

 


Two Airborne Units Deploying…to Afghanistan


Don’t Forget Thousands of Troops Still Deployed!


With the news media focusing on the crisis in Iraq some have forgotten about Afghanistan and the thousands of troops we still have serving there. Elements of the US Army 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions are deploying to Afghanistan for at least a 9 month deployment. They will be there well into 2015 which means we continue sending support.

It’s still a hot war against the resilient Taliban who threaten the lives of our troops and put them in harm’s way. We are so proud of our troops and their selfless service. They risk their lives to keep us safe.

You can make a difference in the daily lives of our troops on the front lines.

Nothing brings a serviceman or woman more joy than knowing that someone back home is thankful and thinking of them while they are on deployment. Care packages include a wonderful array of high quality food, snacks, and hygiene items that troops overseas consistently request. Click Here to Send One Today.


Airborne Units to Stay
in Afghanistan Into 2015

by Richard Fisk
for Military.com
Aug 1, 2014


Troops from the Army’s 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions will likely be part of the 9,800-strong force staying in Afghanistan in 2015 as part of President Obama’s overall war plan, the new U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Friday.
Last week, the Defense Department announced that about 1,000 troops from the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 101st and 900 troops from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st would deploy to Afghanistan at an unspecified date in the fall. In addition, DoD said that 1,725 troops from the Combat Aviation Brigade of the 82nd would also deploy in the fall.The DoD announcement pointedly did not state the length of the deployments, which are usually nine months, but Campbell said he was counting on troops from the 101st and 82nd to remain in 2015.Campbell also said that he would conduct his own overview of the Obama plan and make recommendations for changes if he felt they were necessary. “I’ll take a hard operational assessment of it when I get on the ground,” he said.

We hear over and over again from troops that receiving a care package got them through some of their toughest times on deployment. A message of support and love reminded them that they are in our hearts. Click here to send a care package and give our troops the best gift anyone can get while deployed; love, care, and support!


August Monthly Newsletter 2014


Hot, Hot, Hot!
We all know that this summer has already served up some record heat here in the states, but July and August are traditionally the hottest months in Afghanistan with temperatures forecast to reach a sweltering 108 degrees in some regions of Afghanistan this week.According to an article in Army Times a soldier on extended foot patrol carries an average load ranging from 87 to 127 staggering pounds!With this in mind Move America Forward is happy to include Gatorade mix so our troops can replenish some much needed fluid and electrolytes lost during what for these heroes is just a routine work day and Hoo-Ahhs® sturdy, non-shredding over sized per-moistened field towels in all our troop support packages

If you’d like to send a package to our troops that will include some thirst quenching Gatorade and Hoo-Ahhs® to help cut down the grim and dust, as well as all the other great items like Jelly Belly candy diplomacy jelly beans and Rogers Family Coffee, beef jerky, nuts and personal care item and most importantly a personal note of support for you, our hard-working troops would be grateful.

August 2, 2014 is the anniversary of when my son Marc Lee sacrificed his life; I’ve contemplated what to write. I’ve written something every year since he passed to honor and remember Marc, and to give others a glimpse of who he was and the sacrifices he made for the freedoms we enjoy every day.

This year I decided to write a letter to Marc in Heaven. I wish I could hand deliver it, or at least call him. But I guess cell phones aren’t the technology used in Heaven…


“A Letter to Heaven”
My dear Marc, my Mighty Warrior, my Hero….I love and miss you so very much. It’s been 8 years since you were redeployed to Heaven, and I know that you are in the best hands that could ever hold you! I was blessed that God trusted me to be able to hold and love you for 28 years.I have so many fond memories of you:

Carrying you in my womb you grew quickly and moved like crazy causing the doctors to think they heard two heartbeats and declare you were twins!

The first time they placed you in my arms at the hospital and I held and nursed you; it brought such peace and contentment, even though your father and I had gone through a divorce during the pregnancy and I had no idea how I was going to raise you and your siblings who were 2 and 3.

The animated and crazy sounds you made as a toddler… Disney didn’t need a sound crew, they just needed you.

Your knock-knock jokes you would make up that were so stupid but you would crack yourself up laughing, and everyone else couldn’t help but laugh with you.

You loved to have me give you a back rub/tickle thing I do and you would say, “Hey Mom give me tingles.”

You winning class clown 2 years in a row and questioning you about how that would get you a scholarship.

The day you came home as a freshmen and declared “I’m going to be a professional soccer player,” with the only problem being you had never played soccer a day in your life. Yet, you did see that dream come true and were trying out for a professional team in Colorado when you blew out your knee the night before try-outs.

The day you came home and announced you had joined the Navy and had a contract to go to BUDs to become a Navy SEAL. You had so much determination and perseverance.

The many times we would wrestle and slap fight. I remember taunting you and telling you I could whoop your tushy. As you grew in stature and strength, under my breath I would say, “Or at least let me think I can.”

The last hug I ever received from you when you left my house before you deployed. Even as a teenager, when I would drop you off at the bus before a soccer game you had no problem giving me a kiss and a hug. I miss your kisses, hugs and hearing “I love you Mom!”

It’s hard to believe it has been 8 years since you left this earth. What you did that day – purposely standing in the direct line of fire three different times to save your teammates – was so selfless, noble, honorable and heroic. Oh, by the way I did make it to Iraq and got to see where you spent your last days. They named your base in Ramadi after you “Camp Marc Lee.”

They also named the new TRADET building in Coronado after you, the “Marc A. Lee” Training Center. That’s perfect because you did rock it when it came to physical training! I am soooooooo very proud of you!!! You sacrificed everything; you gave up all of your tomorrows, your future, so they could live today.

I catch myself wondering, what if you were still here? Would there be 4 or 5 little Marcs running around? Would you have gotten out of the SEALs and become a successful businessman? Oh wait, you were a West Coast SEAL and they would tease you and call you “pretty boy.”

So I guess you would be making movies in Hollywood….heehee… Hey, I always teased you before, so I would be lacks to stop now? ;o)

Would you be living in the same town with your brother and I and all of the cousins hanging out in Grandma’s pool. I know you would have been there to care for me when I got old…wiping my drool and changing my diapers. Hey I changed plenty of yours!!!

Then I come back to reality. But son, just in case you can’t see down here, let me tell you how God has used that letter you wrote just weeks before you were killed and your heroic story to change lives around the world.

I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that your life has changed millions and millions of lives around the world. You may not physically be here, but you are still impacting this world in a major way.

I know you just intended that letter to go to a few friends and family. But hey, I’m your Mom, and if I can’t sing your praises something’s wrong. So I’ve sent it to a few people who sent it to a few people, who sent it to a few people. (The internet is a great thing!) Do you guys have that up there?  Jon Voight even carries it in his wallet. I started a foundation and named it America’s Mighty Warriors. You remember all those talks we had about your name and the meaning of it (Marc = Mighty Warrior). And me telling you that if you kept your eyes on God, He had something big He wanted to do through you. Well He did! This sure wasn’t what I had in mind, but I shouldn’t be surprised as God tells us His ways are not our ways!

You believed, and are in glory – no pain, no sorrow, no sickness for you. I find such comfort knowing I will see you again! God has given me amazing strength and comfort! Remember when I used to do the Kindergarten graduation and Christmas programs for the school and I would freak out to speak in front of 200 people? I would hold the microphone with both hands trying to make it stop shaking?? I know it sounds crazy, but I speak and tell people your heroic story, and God has taken my fear away and put me in amazing places. I know you’re there with Him every day, and this all makes sense to you. But we live by faith down here. People tell me all the time what a strong woman I am, but I have to correct them and say, “Oh no, it’s not me. What you see is God’s strength.” I do long for the day He calls me home and I get to communicate in person with you and give you a big hug.

Oh by the way, I did accept your challenge in that last letter to “pass on the kindness the love, the precious gift of human life.” You were wise beyond your years. It is so cool to do those random acts of kindness you mentioned and then hand people your letter or hero card. Yes I did make hero cards that I pass out…I know you didn’t seek the glory and wouldn’t want that, but hey, you’re not here to stop me.

I must tell you it is so strange to see your name on a granite wall, in a book, or on a movie. But when we have heroes like you who selflessly sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy every day, you deserve it Marc, your story needs to be told and is being told.

Oh and your final gift to me – your teammates – has been such a blessing!! You always did spend so much time finding just that perfect gift, and you rocked on that one buddy. They call me Momma Lee, and I finally get what you were trying to tell me about the “brotherhood” thing. They were as close to you as your brother, and they are my “adopted or inherited” sons. You could never be replaced, but there are lots of brothers all over trying to fill your shoes. Of course Chris has probably filled you in on many of the details since he got to Heaven. Tell him I miss him tons, and give him a big hug for me. I’m so proud of him too! Tell him I am watching out over the Kyle family just like he watched out over me for you.

In your memory, I put your boots on and pick up your weapon to stay in the fight daily for our troops and the families of the fallen. Thank you, Marc; your final actions, you never quit, you ran into the line of fire and gave your final breath; no one took that from you. We had a tough life growing up and perseverance was something we lived. But doggone it, now when I want to quit and just live the easy life, I think of you and the sacrifice you made and it pushes me forward. ;o)

I love and miss you deeply, but will carry on until God calls me home! Tell the rest of the guys Momma Lee sends love and hugs!

A very special letter someone wrote ;o) had this ending and I think it’s only appropriate to send it back to you. Halfway through the deployment can’t wait to see your smiling face.

I love you,
Mom

Happy 224th Birthday to the United States Coast


U.S. Coast Guard Day
honors the military branch that protects our waters and shorelines.
On August 4, 1790, the Revenue Cutter Service was created by the U.S. Congress. Congress authorized the construction of ten cutters. These ships were built to enforce U.S. tariff laws. The Revenue Cutter Service was the predecessor the U.S. Coast Guard.  The name “Coast Guard” was first used in 1915.Celebrate U.S. Coast Guard Day by learning more about the responsibilities and functions of the U.S. Coast Guard. They are now playing an even more extensive role in Homeland Security to protect our country.We salute Coast Guard personnel today and every day.


Top Pro-Troop Tweets of the Month!

Calling all Troops!
Signing up to receive packages is easy!
If you are deployed or have the address of a deployed military member, you can click here for our Military Sign Up Center to sign them up to receive one of our great care packages loaded with plenty of the TLC our soldiers need to remind them that people back home support their mission.

If you prefer, copy this link ( http://www.moveamericaforward.org/soldier-sign-up/ ) and e-mail it to your soldier so they can sign up themselves. Once the soldier has registered they’ll be eligible to receive packages and messages of support from caring Americans like you.

Did you Know?


August 2, 1990
The Iraqi army invaded Kuwait and annexed by Iraq which claimed that Kuwait was historically part of Iraq. This resulted in Desert Shield, the massive Allied military buildup, and later  Desert Storm.

August 6, 1945American B-29 bomber Enola Gay  drops the first Atomic Bomb over the Japansese city of Hiroshima at 8:15 a.m.

August 9, 1945 - U.S. B-29 drops second Atomic bomb over Nagasaki, Japan around noon causing massive destruction and casualties.


August 9, 1974
President Richard M. Nixon resigned the presidency as a result of the Watergate scandal thus becoming the only U.S. President ever to resign.


August 14, 1945
Japan’s Emperor Hirohito accepted Allied surrender terms with the exception that the Japanese Emperor’s sovereignty would be maintained. Known as V-J Day in commemoration of Japan’s surrender.

August 18, 1920 - With the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution women were granted the right to vote.


August 21, 1959
Hawaii is admitted as the 50th state following a proclamation signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.


August 24-25, 1814
During the War of 1812, Washington, D.C., was invaded by British forces that burned the Capitol, the White House and most other public buildings along with a number of private homes.


August 28, 1963
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his now-famous I Have a Dream speech at the March on Washington civil right rally in Washington, D.C.

MAF’s Monthly Smiles Club Keeps the Smiles Coming Year-Round

Want an easy way to keep those smiles coming all year long?  Join the Move America Forward Monthly Smiles Club. Simply provide us with your monthly budget, and a little information from you and we do the rest. That’s all there is to it. Then you’ll know each month you’ve put a smile on a soldier’s face.

We can also set up programs that send packages out for all the different holidays through the year. We have members who send out packages for Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and others who send out packages every other month or even quarterly. We’re here to help with whatever you or your company, group or organization wants to do to support the troops. There’s no obligation, and you can stop sending packages at any time.

If you have a question or would like additional information, contact Lisa Baron, our Monthly Smiles Director at LisaBaron@MoveAmericaForward.org.


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