Do You Know What Our Troops Love?

Our care package program makes sure our troops know they are supported, appreciated and supplies them items they desperately need. Each care package is a taste of home while they serve so bravely in harms way. One of our most popular and most requested items is coffee.

Troops in Afghanistan displaying and enjoying coffee they received from Move America Forward care packages

 That’s why we include coffee from our friends at the Rogers Family Company in every package. The aroma alone is enough to picture your family at the kitchen table in the morning getting ready to start the day. This feeling of being home with family, if only for a few moments, while they get ready to start another shift, patrol, or watch is why we make sure to include it in every care package.

To brighten the mornings of America’s bravest, PLEASE CLICK HERE NOW, and help give our troops that feeling of home.

Our volunteers make sure it is loaded with the items and treats our troops love. Other top requested items like Beef Jerky, Wet Wipes, and Oreo’s are in every box. Most importantly they make sure to put in your personal message. This note, no matter how many words, will be read countless times while deployed.



When you send a care package to a Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine you are not only sending a fresh cup of coffee, you are personally telling our troops thank you for all their hard work to keep us all safe.




 

Troop from Engineer Battalion Writes Back to Say Thanks

We are so lucky at Move America Forward to have supporters like you who make it possible for us to help so many troops risking their lives for our safety and freedom. We pride ourselves on shipping the very best quality products and supplies that our troops need. We are also lucky enough to hear back from them in messages they send us. I hope you have the time to read a few below.

There are over 28,970 men and women serving in Afghanistan. Show them your support! Please make a donation today to send more care packages to the troops right now! 

When it comes down to it, our troops are the best on the planet and they never shy away from their oath no matter the hardship, the task, or the mission. And yet somehow they still find the time to write us back.

 

 



 

 

 

 

 



 

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!

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