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.

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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!

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

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!


Military Working Dog Becomes Part of Soldier’s Family

Did you hear about “Belle” coming home last week?

Military Working Dogs are instrumental in sniffing out IEDs, bomb making materials, patrolling, and standing guard. It’s as dangerous for these K-9′s as it is for our soldiers, especially in the harsh environment of Afghanistan. That why we include a few items to make it easier for them too.

 

Belle arrived in San Diego last Friday reunited with her sergeant, battle buddy and most importantly her best friend, Sam Wettstein. Together in 2013 and 2014 they lived together, ate together and saved lives together by identifying IED’s in Afghanistan. But this past April Sam’s deployment ended he had came home with out Belle.


Marine, bomb detecting dog who served in Afghanistan together are reunited.
by Philip Caulfield
New York Daily News
Aug 4, 2014

Though he was thrilled to be home, Wettstein said he never felt right being separated from his canine companion.

Wettstein and Belle served together in Afghanistan in 2013 and 2014. Wettstein and Belle served together in Afghanistan in 2013 and 2014.

“I was missing a part of me. I was trying to fill the void and now my void is filled,” he told NBC San Diego.

“Having that kind of a relationship with a dog, you know, you get this bond.”

Wettstein and his wife, Jessica, who live at Camp Pendleton, officially adopted the 3-year-old Labrador retriever.

‘I was missing a part of me,’ Wettstein said of being separated from the pooch after they served together Afghanistan.  Sam Lewis Wettstein via Facebook ‘I was missing a part of me,’ Wettstein said of being separated from the pooch after they served together Afghanistan.

Jessica Wettstein told NBC San Diego it gave her comfort knowing her husband had a companion while he was deployed.

 

“It’s meant to be. She’s obviously meant to be part of our family,” Wettstein said.

Like many before Belle and Sam, our troops form real bonds during wartime with those they serve with, bonds that last a lifetime. Furry or not we care for all of our troops. That’s why MAF provide special K-9 Care Packages to the front lines. Belle and Sam are just an example of who our package is for.

Dont forget right now their are hundreds of other military service dogs and their handlers that could use your love and support.

 

Our K-9 care packages include special dog-goggles to protect their eyes from dirt and debris and doggie treats that go along with all the other items for the dog handlers. We are proud to have recognition from the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) for our effort to support the military working dog. 

Nothing brings a smile to our serviceman or women more than getting something from home, knowing you are thinking of them. Would you like to send a wonderful array of high quality food, snacks, and hygiene items that troops overseas consistently request. Click Here to Send One Today.