Thank You! Look What You Did!

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

We Had a Great Week  

Answer the Call Campaign Helped Hundreds of Troops!

 

The last two weeks have been a whirlwind for Move America Forward. We challenged you to Answer the Call and answer it you did! We set an ambitious goal to raise $20,000 for our troops September 11th. Thanks to amazing generosity like yours we were able to reach out goal and even raised it towards the end to $25,000.

In the end, we did not reach our new goal, but it’s OK we got very close! The total raised during the Answer the Call campaign was $23,947 so we only fell $1,053 short of our expanded goal, easily beating our preliminary goal of $20,000.

 

Would you like to help us reach our 25,000 Goal? Donate NOW, its not too late

 

Move America Forward employees proudly dropping off hundreds of care packages at the U.S.P.S.

The rest of the packages will be shipped in the next week, spread out to different units deployed that are in need of our support.

9/11 HEROES WALL – JOIN THEM TODAY

 

These generous donors gave $199 or more to thank our troops and help Answer The Call: 9/11 Never Forget. Donate now to help us reach our goal. Remember to include your personal message to the troops when making a donation.

 

9/11 Flag Memorial

 

 

We helped out the John Vinson Family with their annual 9/11 Memorial Flag Display.

The Vinsons have been waving flags every September 11th since 2001 when they started with just one flag. Each year the demonstration grows and now they are up to over 4,000 flags on display.

 

We put together this video showing the progress of setting up the memorial flags starting at 6 AM and working until sundown.

 

Click below to watch the video and please share it with everyone you know!

 

In The News

 Over the last couple days, MAF has been on every local TV station at least once and that has generated a lot of attention for our troops and the importance of continuing to support them! We could not have done it without you!

 

There are great photos up on our website of the memorial display, as well as tons of photos of our volunteers packing the care packages!

If you still have not donated to help our troops, it’s not too late! We are still taking donations even now that Answer the Call is over. Just click here to make a valuable donation to our brave troops. They deserve every bit of support we can send them!

Must See Video: 9/11 Flag Memorial

Today marks one of the darkest days in American history. 13 years ago today the terrorists declared war on all Americans, and attacked innocent civilians, killing thousands of Americans and people from around the world.

For the past two years, MAF has been invited by John Vinson and his family to help them put up a huge memorial flag display to mark the anniversary of the terrorist attacks. This year MAF put together a video showing John and his team of volunteers placing the flags in the ground.


LINK FOR TRIBUTE VIDEO: http://youtu.be/SYqVCUSjZfI
LINK FOR MORE PICTURES: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk3pxtpZ

People of every race, religion and creed, have been slaughtered by the radical Islamic terrorists of Al Qaeda. All killed in a jihad on America, a war against freedom and liberty. Young people growing up today were born after the 2011 attack. They see a world that had been changed irrevocably by the terrorists. Some of them may not understand how drastically the world changed that day. Remembering 9/11 and sharing that experience with others is the best way to educate those who don’t understand the kind of evil we are still fighting today. Here in Sacramento, where Move America Forward is headquartered, we found an example of one local man who is doing what he can to remind others of what happened today, 13 years ago.

John Vinson says that when he woke up September 11th, 2001, and heard about what had happened in New York City, he was confused, afraid, frustrated and angry. He channeled his anger by picking up an American flag and going to a freeway overpass and simply waving it proudly and defiantly at the enemy, for all the passing motorists to see. Those that passed by and saw him waving the colors honked and cheered and encouraged him.


John Vinson, who started the annual display and wife Nancy
Over the years John has continued to fly the flag every 9/11, except today he has well over 3,00 flags to fly and he’s moved from the freeway overpass to a field in view of a busy street in West Sacramento. But his idea is the same as ever, to fly the flag (now a collection of flags laid out as a memorial to the fallen) in defiance of those who would try to destroy our freedom. Today there are 340 flags on display plus 2,977 flags that represent each of the the victims who perished on 9/11. 

 
The memorial put on by John Vinson grows larger each year

We appreciate the efforts of people like John Vinson, or the countless other patriots around the country who are flying their flags today, supporting our troops.
If you haven’t already figured out how YOU will remind people of what today means, please think now, figure out WHAT YOU CAN DO with the tools God gave you, to remind your fellow Americans that we have been attacked, and we are at war, and we have brave troops that need our support!Here at Move America Forward we continue our diligent efforts to support our troops with care packages and support from home. If you would like to take part in our small efforts to comfort our brave troops deployed over in Afghanistan, sponsor a care package today.

 

Great News! We Reached Our Goal!

GREAT NEWS: We’ve Reached Our Goal!
We Are Adopting Another Unit That Needs Help

Thanks to your generous support we successfully reached our goal to raise $20,000 to help the 3 previously mentioned units in Afgahnistan, the 419th CSSB, C/3-82 MEDEVAC, and 877th Engineer Battalion.

Since we’re doing so well and still have three days until 9/11, we have decided to up the ante and attempt to help one more unit! We’re raising our goal by $5,000 and adding the 3-159th ARB ‘Quickstrike’ to our list of units to support.

Because of the drawdown and Obama’s shrinking of the mission in Afghanistan, our troops deployed on the front lines are increaslingly faced with fewer resources to work with. The PX on base that used to be full now has empty shelves and our troops don’t get the supplies they’re used to! As a result, we have been inundated with requests from multiple units.

You can make a difference in the lives of our troops on the front lines. A long deployment can be very lonely, especially for some troops who unfortunately receive little to no mail from home

We’ve heard time and time again from troops who receive our care packages and write back to tell us about how much of an impact it made for them to know that a complete stranger back home was thinking of them and sent their support. Show your support by donating today and help us reach our goal by 9/11!


3-159th ARB stands for 3rd Battalion, 159th Attack Reconniasance Battalion, known as “Quickstrike.”

Their unit logo features an advanced AH-64D Apache attack helicopter flanked by lightning bolts. The motto “Sine Metu,” latin for ‘Without Fear’, also appears on the patch.

The AH-64D Apache is one of the most advanced attack choppers in the US arsenal and the 3-159th is responsible for flying, fueling, fixing and maintaining them so that they can provide close ground support to troops fighting the Taliban.

Apaches are also used to conduct reconiassance and surveillance missions to gather critical battlefield data.

The 3-159th ARB resides on a US Army base in Bavaria, Germany when not deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. They were recently deployed in Balad and Baghdad, Iraq in 2008 and Kuwait in 2012 supporting Operation Spartan Shield. Now they are serving in Afghanistan

We need another $5,000 to send 200 packages to the 3-159th ARB as soon as possible! Let’s try to reach our NEW goal of $25,000 by 9/11. Donate now!

September Monthly Newsletter 2014

 

MAF is Proud to Honor Major General Harold Greene


Major General Harold J. Greene of Falls Church, Va., a two-star Army general was killed during an insider attack on August 5, 2014 at a military academy in Kabul, Afghanistan where he was making a routine visit. Greene is the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to be killed on foreign soil since Vietnam.

Greene was killed when an Afghan soldier opened fire killing Greene and injuring at least fourteen others in the ambush.

Greene, a career soldier of 34 years had been in deployed to Afghanistan since January, serving as deputy commander of a support command called the Combined Security Transition Command, in Kabul.

General Greene was laid to rest with full military honors at Arlington on August 14, 2014.

September 11, 2001 — a day that forever changed America and the history of the world. Every adult can tell you where they were the moment that they heard we were attacked and our innocence was stripped from us. Terrorists had plotted for years to destroy us, the infidel, and that morning they attacked America.

I still get a sick feeling in my gut as I remember watching the news and seeing the planes flown into the towers in New York.  Numb and in a state of shock I watched as people wrenching from the extreme temperatures of the fire and explosions, knowing death was imminent, chose to jump from 80 floors up.

America watched as buildings crumpled to the ground and smoke and pollutants surrounded the cities hiding the death and mass casualties. America watched people running for their lives filled with panic and fear. America watched as brave First Responders, Fireman, Policeman, Paramedics and Volunteers ran into the chaos, danger and destruction trying to find someone who needed help.

In the hours and days that followed, as a nation, we watched as families tried to find their loved ones and prayed for those who had lost loved ones. We wondered if there were more attacks being planned against our homeland.  We tried to process what had happened and figure out our defense.

My oldest son was serving in the Marines, my daughter’s husband was in the Army and Marc was a Navy SEAL, and my brother was in the Air force. I could see the handwriting on the wall and knew I would have family members deployed. I knew that as a nation we had tried every other alternative and that our last resort would be to deploy our military. If we didn’t we would just be sending an invitation that we were weak and that the radical terrorists could inflict more death and damage on America.

As Americans we have the finest and bravest men and women who stood up and said we will stand in the gap for the innocent lives that were stolen from us that morning of 9-11. Our troops chose to defend their honor and show their families and our country that we will never forget and will bring justice and defend and protect America and her freedoms.

We will never forget 9-11 and those innocent lives that the terrorist had targeted that day to be killed. We will never forget our defenders both in public service and military service who came together in the midst of one of the greatest tragedies in America. We will never forget our fallen warriors like my son Marc Alan Lee who proudly wore the military uniform with pride and died in Iraq and Afghanistan defending each and every one of those who the enemy so violently killed on 9-11.

Yet we will also not forget that as a nation Americans came together and stood strong, tall, united and showed the world that we were not a people to be messed with.  We fell to our knees and recognized that we are resilient and strong because we are “One nation under God.” Yes, we are a Christian nation and we recognized that our strength comes from God and we prayed for comfort, peace and strength.

Today we remember and wrap our arms around each family who has lost a loved one on 9-11 or the battlefields of Iraq or Afghanistan. We will never forget and will keep you in our hearts and prayers.

Remembering

Debbie Lee


We Will Never Forget

September 11, 2001 – Terrorists Attack the United States
September 11, 2012 – Terrorists Attack U.S. Consulate in Benghazi


September 11, 2001. Thirteen years have passed since the September day that will forever change our nation.  We at MAF honor the brave men, women and children who lost their lives that fateful September morning in 2001.  We remember the heroics of countless NYPD fire and police units who responded without thought to their own safety and the incredible sacrifices of those aboard flight 93 who through their selfless sacrifice saved countless lives. Although the Twin Towers no longer grace the New York Skyline, the Pentagon remains, its beige stone facing bearing the scars of the terrorists attack.

September 11, 2012. Terrorists once again attacked the U.S. on the grounds of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Although first reported as an unorganized local protest surrounding a movie, it soon became clear this was a directed and organized strike which needlessly cost the lives U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, former SEALs Glen Doherty  and Ty Woods  along with  foreign service worker Sean Smith. Although we still wait for those responsible for the attacks to be held fully accountable, we nonetheless need to honor those who died.

Take time to honor these heroes and their sacrifices by flying your flag in remembrance of these great American heroes and our dedicated troops who help protect our freedoms each and every day.

Send a package today  and Move America Forward will include your personal message of support to our troops.




Top Pro-Troop Tweets of the Month!

TROOPS LOVE GETTING COFFEE IN THE CARE PACKAGES


Active Duty U.S. Marines Michael Haft and Harrison Suarez wrote 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 variety of Rogers Family coffee in our warehouse in many different flavors and roasts such as 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!
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!MAF Join Successful Rally for Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi!
We just wanted to share these pictures with you from the big rally held in Sacramento to support Andrew Tahmooressi! 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.

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 under Mexico’s strict gun laws. Ever since, it has been a battle to try to bring Sgt. Tahmooressi home. He’s been held in Mexico for over 5 months with no release date in sight.

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!

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!

Did You Know…?

 

September 1, 1939 - German army under Hitler invaded Poland starting World War II in Europe.

September 1, 1983Korean Air Lines Flight 007 was shot down by the USSR en route from New York to Korea killing all 269 passengers and crew  after reportedly straying 100 miles off course over a Soviet military installation.

September 2, 1945 – President Truman declared V-J Day (Victory over Japan Day) to commemorate the Japanese surrender to the Allies during WWII

September 4, 1886 - With the surrender of Apache leader Geronimo at Skeleton Canyon, Arizona, the last major U.S.-Indian war came to an end.

September 11, 2001 - Marks the worst Terrorist attack in U.S. history.  American Airlines Flight 11 carrying 92 people and United Airlines Flight 175 carrying 65 people were diverted by the Jihadist hijackers to New York City where they were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center. The impact and fires led to the collapse of the towers, killing 2,752 persons including hundreds of rescue workers.

United Airlines Flight 93, which had departed Newark for San Francisco, and American Airlines Flight 77, which had departed Dulles (Virginia) for Los Angeles, were also hijacked. Flight 77 with 64 people on board was diverted to Washington, D.C., where it was used to attack the Pentagon, killing everyone on board and 125 inside the Pentagon.  Flight 93 with 44 people on board was also diverted toward Washington but crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after passengers attempted to overpower the terrorists on board.

September 11, 2012 - Terrorists attacked the U.S. Consulate Compound in Benghazi, Libya killing U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens, as well as two former Navy SEALS and a Foreign Service worker. Ten others on the ground were injured.  The attacks led to the resignation of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

September 14, 1901 – President William McKinley died from gangrene caused by an infected bullet wounds suffered during an assassination attempt in Buffalo, New York. Eight days prior. McKinley was the last president to serve in the Civil War.

September 15, 1916 -During the Allied offensive at the  at the Battle of the Somme, tanks were used in combat for the first time in history.

September 16, 1620 – The Mayflower ship departed from England carrying Puritans seeking religious freedom in America with 102 passengers and a small crew.


September 17, 1787
- Delegates at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, voted unanimously to approve the proposed U.S. Constitution.

September 18, 1947 - The U.S. Air Force was established as a separate military service.

September 22, 1776 - 21- year old Patriot Nathan Hale was publicly hanged  by the British without a trial after he was caught spying on British troops in New York. Hale is famous for his last words, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

September 25, 1789 – The first U.S. Congress proposed 12 Amendments to the Constitution, ten of which, comprising the Bill of Rights, were ratified.

September 29, 1789 - Congress establishes the United States Army, consisting of 1,000 enlisted men and officers.

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.

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.

877th Engineer Battalion Needs Our Help



877th Engineer Battalion Needs Our Help
One  More Week to Reach Our Goal

Because of Obama’s draw-down and shrinking of the mission in Afghanistan, our troops deployed on the front lines are increasingly faced with fewer resources to work with. The PX on base that used to be full now has empty shelves and our troops don’t get the supplies they’re used to!

As a result, we have been flooded with requests from multiple units.

We’ve already raised enough to send packages to the 419th CSSB and C/3-82 MEDEVAC but now we have a new request for another unit that needs your help!

Now we’re supporting the Forward Support Company, 877th Engineer Battalion (FSC 877 EN BN) a unit of the Alabama National Guard and is currently deployed in Bagram, Afghanistan.

Notice: In a previous e-mail we mistakenly wrote that the 877th Engineer Battalion was stationed in Balad. This was an error but we wanted to clear it up. We have confirmed that the 877th is stationed in Bagram, Afghanistan, not Balad. Sorry for the mix-up.

They have over 180 troops there and have been deployed since April. They hope to be home by Christmas, but until then, they need our help!

 

Alabama National Guard deploying Haleyville, Montgomery units
By Rachel Jinright
WSFA 12 NEWS
April 2, 2014
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) – The Alabama National Guard says two groups out of Haleyville and one out of Montgomery have been called to active duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.The Alabama Air National Guard’s 187th Fighter Wing will deploy on Saturday April 5th at 8 a.m. from the Dannelly Field Air National Guard Base. The wing’s F-16C+ Fighting Falcon aircraft, “Red Tails,” will provide armed overwatch and close air support for ground units in their area of responsibility.The 877th Engineer Battalion and the 1305th Survey and Design Team will deploy approximately 180 soldiers to conduct retrograde operations in support of the United States Central Command Material Retrograde Element mission in Afghanistan.

We need your help to raise another 180 packages to send to the 877th Engineer Battalion as soon as possible! We also have one more week to reach our goal of $20,000 by 9/11 which is next Thursday!

So far we’ve raised about $15,274 so we have another $4,727 to go! Donate now to help us reach our goal!

Look What Our Volunteers Accomplished!

Busy Day for MAF Volunteers
 Hundreds of Packages Ready to Go!

Today, we had twenty local Move America Forward volunteers working hard to prepare several hundred care packages for our troops on the front lines. They know we are running out of time to get these care packages to our troops in Afghanistan before 9/11.

Boxes have been packed, labeled, and they are ready to ship.  We just need some more generous donors to sponsor these boxes so we can ship them off to Afghanistan! Click here to donate now!


Our deadline to reach our goal is next Thursday 9/11. We’ve already raised $12,823 towards our goal of $20,000 but we’re rapidly running out of time!
We have just one week left to raise another $7,177 for the troops!

Volunteers fold, prepare, and sort hundreds of shipping labels

Volunteers carefully apply labels – be careful they’re sticky!



Stacks of boxes ready to go. Some are sponsored, some aren’t!


Admiring their work after a job well done!

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!

How Our Troops Are Spending THEIR Labor Day

How Are You Celebrating Labor Day? Don’t Forget Our Troops in Afghanistan!

Everyone loves taking full advantage of a Labor Day three day weekend of fun in the sun, camping, going to the beach and catching some waves, or firing up the grill. But as those of us back home are enjoying our weekend, let’s not forget our troops in Afghanistan…ESPECIALLY ON LABOR DAY.  They will not have the day off – they’ll be doing the same thing they do every day, defending freedom.

CLICK HERE TO SEND SUPPORT NOW!

Let’s compare how our troops will be spending their Labor Day Weekend…

BACK HOME IN THE USA

Millions of Americans will attend religious services this weekend at synagogues, churches, temples and other houses of worship. Across the nation people listen to sermons, and kneel to pray for wealth, their health, a promotion, more money, a new car, a chance to hit that lotto number.

Is there anything better than a nice barbeque in the backyard or a picnic at the park?

Thousands this weekend flock to parks and will hang out in the patio out back grilling up delicious hot dogs and hamburgers.

OUR TROOPS OVERSEAS

In Afghanistan our troops will be praying too, not in big beautiful churches, but huddled together outside their trucks ready to go out and meet the enemy. They are praying that they make it back alive and live to see the day when they can see their loved ones again.

Our troops in the field have to make due with M.R.E.s that come with a meager hot entrée, and usually a piece of bread or cracker. Luckily the packages come with salt and pepper, but even that isn’t always enough to make these MREs more than barely edible.

 

BACK HOME IN THE USA

Don’t we all love to enjoy the outdoors? Back home we can enjoy a nice hike in the mountains and take in the sounds of the wildlife and the natural beauty of this magnificent land we live in.

 

In your leisure time, isn’t it nice to kick back and enjoy a day out on the lake fishing with your friends and family?

We love spending Labor Day Weekend by talking with friends and family, or taking a refreshing dip in the lake.

OUR TROOPS OVERSEAS

Our troops spend their days climbing huge mountains out in Afghanistan. In the oppressive heat of Afghanistan, our troops have to tough it out with only the supplies they can carry with them on those dangerous and long mountain climbs.

 

In Afghanistan, our troops don’t get to spend their free time fishing or watching the big game. They spend their free time cleaning their weapons and making sure their equipment is in tip top shape. Their lives depend on it.




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.

Their role is providing battlefield mobility and transportation, getting our troops where they are needed most and making sure they have what they need to get the job done.

The 419th CSSB has recently deployed to Afghanistan in February and will continue to serve for months ahead. They need our support! So far we’ve raised $9,398 for our troops, so we have another $10,602 to go before we reach our goal of $20,000! 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!

 

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!

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