New Hampshire

Rochester Veterans Council

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Hello Beautiful New Hampshire Pease Greeters!!

 

My sincerest apologies for taking so long to email you all. What a challenge we faced here in the first month. This is only the second time I have had a moments peace, so I finally am able to sit down and email you!

 

We made it to our destination. Our team has finally settled and we are complete - the last few soldiers finally arrived and we are having our first graduation ceremony for students who attended the first cycle of Basic Leaders Course (BLC) - 22 days straight of no rest for the warrior! The instructors - most of whom came through with me on this same date - are acclimating to the climate, not the weather; rather, not being in a garrison environment where they are accustomed to doing things a certain way - there way. The leaders we have are exceptional, patient, and kind... we couldn't have asked for a better team! It's just a few "kids" need some life lessons that rank just doesn't teach. That's okay - most of us lead by example so it won't take them too long to learn that mommy isn't here to wipe your tears and sometimes 6 hours of sleep is all you're going to get.   Hahaha, yes, I know you're laughing aloud with me. 

 

I ate all of the delicious Lindt chocolates in the first two weeks! Of course I shared the huge bag you so generously filled up for me! I was like a kid - popping them in my mouth like it was my last day on earth! I thought I was already in heaven. :D

 

The warm welcome we received from you was beyond compare! It was moving, tearful, joyful, and so loving!! Thinking back to it often, Many of us had never been so well-received - thank you! I know - so many exclamation marks, but that is how you made me/us feel and we can't thank you enough for it!!! 

 

We hope to come through on our way home at the end of October. Noooo... not for more Lindt chocolates (but I won't say no), but to hug each and every one of you and to tell you how much it meant to us. Thank you. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you! What you all did for us will undoubtedly last a lifetime in our hearts. 

 

Please let me know how I can get a copy of the picture of me and (Robert?) thanking Lindt for their generosity as well. I'd like to reach out to them and express my gratitude for their delicious donations. :)

 

Wit much love, respect, and appreciation,  1-27-17 AT PEASE, SSG Marie Campbell

 

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March 2017, Hawkeye (Sporting News)

 

                                                 Wayne Stevens

                             Police Officer Newmarket, NH

NEW HAMPSHIRE HUNTERS HELPING HEROES

 

      Allow me an opportunity to express how pleased I am with the Hunters in the New Hampshire Seacoast area, and more specifically, within the Newmarket and Epping area. I can't thank these hunters enough.

      Last year, my brother-in-law, who serves in the military, was deployed to the Middle East.  My wife was constantly, at least every other week, sending him care packages.

      Low and behold, venison jerky has become a big hit amongst the troops and requests for more jerky were coming in.  I eventually ran out of the deer hamburger that is used to make the jerky; by the time I ran out of deer hamburger, my brother-in-law already had orders to return home.  I was not worried about my depleted supply of deer hamburger, and I thought my days of making venison jerky were OVER !!

      Upon his return, I began talking with a few veterans who really enjoyed the jerky.  It makes me think it would be a nice gesture to continue sending the jerky to our military troops who serve our country, overseas.  The only problem I had was being completely out of deer meat and the next deer season had not yet started.   Being a hunter myself, I know that hunters are very generous people and usually have deer in there freezers from previous years,  giving me the idea to ask hunters  to donate  few pounds of deer hamburger from their harvest during the deer season.

     With the help from  a local butcher in Newmarket and Carl West ( a veteran himself) from F & F Butcher shop in Epping, I places signs in the 2 butcher shops asking hunters to donate deer hamburger.  The support was unbelievable !!!   Due to lack of freezer space,  I had a stretch of 2 weeks in which I had to constantly make jerky in order to make space for the overwhelming supply of incoming meat !

     To date I have sent approximately 60 pounds of jerky.  I continue to make it and send it overseas.  Five pounds of hamburger makes one batch of jerky.  I then vacuum seal it, then take it to JoAnne Schottler, the Care Package Coordinator for Pease Greeters, who sends it to the troops.

      I constantly receive emails from our troops overseas telling  me how great the jerky is and thanking me for making the jerky.  I predict that in about 2 months, I will be out of hamburger and will have to wait until next deer season to start the process again.  UNLESS  you would like to donate either deer hamburger or the vacuum seal 8 X 12 bags.

       I you wish to be involved in the  worthwhile project, please contact me,

 Wayne Stevens at  (603-292-7971)  or email me at  [email protected] 

      I close by thanking the many hunters who donated to this cause.  We have military troops and veterans overseas fighting for our country and I am very thankful and proud that the hunters in New Hampshire stepped up to make this happen, bringing a little bit of the New Hampshire woods to the Middle East.

      Thank you ALL very much.

TROOPS RECEPTION PICTURES---we have created a NEW email for the troops and their families to obtain the FREE pictures, Please, if they ask, it is now    [email protected],   THANK YOU ALL.

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All  Pease Greeter Clothing on sale, 20 % off, except 1000th Shirts, thanks

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Hello,
My name is Mike. I came through NH back in July on my way overseas. As we were leaving we were handed a business card with your information and email address. It says if we would like a cd copy of our visit you guys could provide that. I was wondering if by chance you would still have that option available? I know it has been 6 months now so if not I completely understand.

I also wanted to let you guys know about something else. Again as we were leaving someone within your group was handing out the small ziplock bags with stars cut out of the flag. I carried that little bag and star with me my whole deployment. I kept it in my right breast pocket of my uniform the whole time I was over there. I am home now. We just got home a few days ago.

Just want you to know that you have a fan in Indiana that will always remember what you folks did for us as we were leaving. Thank you will never be enough.

Very Respectfully,  SSgt Michael M................Indiana Air National Guard

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 My name is SGT Manuel  G. and I had the honor and privilege to pass through your terminal before I deployed. I was there for 2 days I believe and I have to be honest it was such an amazing time and experience. I want to thank you and everyone that was apart of helping us while we were there, so thank you! I told my wife about being there and my experiences and she was so happy, honored and touched that everyone there was so caring. She also sends her thanks and gratefulness to the staff there.

 

I would love to see the pictures of that day so that I can have them, save them and share them with my family. the flight number was12-23-16 #2.    thank you once again!   SGT Manuel G.

 

To Whom It May Concern:     Good afternoon.  I'm CPT Chris H and I flew through your airport in December on my way to the Middle East.  I remember the visit quite fondly - it was completely unexpected and a wonderful surprise.  I gotta tell you, I'm going to be much more excited to see you going home so I hope we go your way.       I would like to have the photo CD from our trip.  My flight was 4 December 2016, #1. of the card I was given .   Capt.  Christopher C. H., 

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On my way out to deployment   I met all of the greeters! I was amazed at what you guys did for us. I've never had a send off like that before. I've made it out to my deployment site and discovered we don't have an exchange, minimart, mwr, or any other amenities. It will be a long deployment, but getting that last bit of snacks and friendly faces really made such an impact which I'll carry with me through deployment. Thank you so much for all that you do. 

 

Would you be able to send me the secure link for the photos on the flight date. Our flight date was January 20, 2017. 

 

I hope to hear from you soon! Thank you, and have a wonderful day. 

 

Kind regards,  Anita G

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Thank you so much for photographing our return home 12-6-16  . I loved all those chocolates we were able to have while we were there. They were the absolute best part of the ride home. My wife stole my whole bag as soon as I got home but it was great. Anyway, I know it's been a little while but I was hoping to get a cd of those photos of our pass through your guys home port. I'm home and happy with a new baby and happy wife. Things are wonderful. Take care,Sincerely,  Mike Cebe

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It was so good to hear from you yesterday. We always appreciate the support and love we get from home. To answer a few of your questions, although I am not sure of the exact date we passed through, I know that we arrived here in Kuwait on 13 November 2016.  We have not received any pictures, but I do still have the sweatshirt you all signed. We have it hanging in my office for all to see.  I was born in raised in Farmington, Maine but as life moves on, I have moved to Oklahoma now, as that is where our National Guard unit is out of.  As far as care packages, we received several during the holiday season, but now that that has passed, it seems to have died off.  I know that we have a few soldiers who do not receive a lot, but I do not have those names in front of me.  If you wish to send some, you may address them to me and I will ensure the right soldier gets something.  I should have that list of names by Thursday or Friday.  Our address here is in my signature block.  Thank you again for all the support you show us. God Bless.

1LT  LORESTEN H.

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JoAnne Schottler
PEASE GREETERS
Member Board of Directors
Care Package Coordinator
63 Winnicutt Road
Stratham, NH 03885
603-772-8620

 

Subj: 6-8-2016 Troop Letters

 

KEEP THE CELL PHONES COMING ALL YEAR LONG,

thanks so much to all who have dropped some off.

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Hello, friends,

Thank you so much again for your overwhelming support.  That is an awesome job you do to our troops!!!   I want you to know YOUR care packages are certainly appreciated over here.  That is the reality here!  The joy of getting a package delivered by the mail room can't be overstressed.

I am very sure my family appreciates your behind the scene effortS to support us.

Please keep up the good work and we will continue to drive on with our mission here.

Thank you indeed,

Major Grace Chong

We met in the weeee hours of 9APR2016 as an inbound unit 451st ESC/1st TSC heading to the sand piles South of Turkey.  Ya'll were so hospitable I can't tell you how comforting our layover, and experience was with ya'll Peasegreeters.  I am building something to bring back to ya'll... Hopefully we will get to come back through your airport again.  If you could, I would like a CD of our visit.   It would be nice to share with my six teenagers.  If it helps you remember I was the ALABAMA Crazy when we came through that morning.   ROLL TIDE, and have a Blessed Day!

Mailing address is easy!    MSG Dan Curtis
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Thank you for the care package, all of the snacks and other products were deeply appreciated. The soldiers are always happy to receive "goodies".

I bake for them often and it is very hard to get real vanilla extract and good baking powder and baking soda. Maybe next time you could include them in our package. I know it is probably a strange request, but they love when I bake and it gets expensive having goods shipped from amazon.

 

Big Hug! Thanks again,
Chelsea Johnson AB, BSBA, MIS

My son, Sgt Joseph Mugno, USArmy, first arrived back in the states from a 7-month long Afghanistan deployment on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Pease International Airport.  His plane stopped there to refuel before continuing on to Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas.  I cannot begin to express my family's gratitude and amazement at your wonderful organization, the Pease Greeters.  You made us, along with my son, feel so special with your love, support, friendliness, and generosity, not to mention patriotism and pride in what our military does.  Joe was so taken aback with the smiles, handshakes, hugs, and cheering as he entered the terminal.  As much as he enjoyed many aspects of his job overseas and the beauty of the Afghan landscape and people that you never hear about in the media, he was elated and proud to be back home on American soil. You made his homecoming so much more special and a day he, and we, will never forget!

 

It has been a hectic couple of weeks for us.  I was able to go to Washington DC to greet Joe at his gate at Dulles for the last leg of his trip, along with more family members and friends. He is now spending some R&R with us in New York before heading back to work with the Army in Virginia.  We are still talking about you all and the memorable day we were so fortunate to spend with you.

 

Please pass this along to the rest of the Pease Greeters, along with our eternal thanks and prayers for you in your invaluable work and sacrifices for us!

 

Sincerely,

Mary Napolitano

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Thank you for the lovely and warm welcome you showed my family at Pease about a month ago! We just loved the experience and will be sure to be back before too long. What a unique experience for my kids-they had a ball meeting the military people and seeing the air base. My husband Jeremy and I were so moved and the wake of Memorial Day will always think of our visit to see you and the vets and the thoughtful ceremony for our men and women. Your hard work, love and dedication really made the day wonderful and informational.

 

Thank you so very much! Hope you see you again soon!

 

I love cats too!!!!!

 

Lau Lapides, Jeremy Bento, Sage, Will and Aria

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Thank you so much for the warm reception of our military group yesterday (Flight Date 5-30-16 (#1).  Every member of ourgroup was very touched by the thoughtfulness and kindness of your group.  Please know that your efforts are most appreciated.  I would love to have a copy of the photos on CD so I can share this “good news” story with our families and friends.

God bless you all for what you do.   Sincerely,  Lt. Col. Larry Saunders

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Thanks so much for the hospitality you showed our unit this evening, 5-30. We sincerely appreciate it! If you could send some pictures to below I think my folks would love it! 

Thanks so much! I'm going to refrain from receiving any care packages as I'd like them to go to other single soldiers who don't have a support system back home. It would mean the most to them.

Thanks again for what you folks do its a real privilege to serve for the country!

1LT Chris Bird.......Thanks again and God Bless!

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JoAnne Schottler
PEASE GREETERS
Member Board of Directors
Care Package Coordinator
63 Winnicutt Road
Stratham, NH 03885
603-772-8620



Good Morning from the middle east!

I was writing to see if I could ask for a CD of the flight that occurred on April 15, 2016 and send it my fathers way at;

 

It was my first experience with the Pease Greeters and I must say I've never been flattered or as motivated before mission as that day. Coming out here I was telling many of my soldiers and battle buddies about it and they quickly became envious. I still carry the retired flag's star with me daily and I've had a few chances to use the knit cap as well!

 

That brings me to the question. I am an Army Reserve Sgt and was hoping I could ask for more of the stars to share with the veterans back home I work with in law enforcement? I'm happy to donate all the costs to ship the stars my way because I want to mail it to them with an extra note as well (Plus free letters for me from here ;) ). I have gotten the list of names and it totals to 72 from the law agencies that work with me directly (I'm a 911 Dispatcher).

 

All I can write in response is wow!   Im extremely grateful and cannot say enough kind words to describe how motivational  the Pease Greeters as a whole are. It is a pleasure to put on the uniform for folks like you all.
Again I can not give enough thanks for what you all do and if ever there is someway I can help from a far do not hesitate to call on me!

 

One team, one fight, always,

Sgt Brin, Marco A

I received two boxes from PEASEGREETERS and I and my teammates appreciated everything so much!
You guys are absolutely AMAZING!!!!! The guys had a blast going through and getting some treats as
well as some personal items.  You don't know how it makes us feel to have the support from home.
When days are long and rough, it brings great joy to have such acts of kindness to come to us in  a
loving and caring way.  Thank you PEASE GREETERS! YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!

SFC Deanca Harris

Hope everything is fine. My name is Valerio Ottaviano and I'm writing you from Italy.

I would like to ask you if it is still possible to receive a CD with our flight pictures. I'm a Colonel of Italian Air Force and I had an overnight in Portsmouth flying back home coming from Nellis (Nevada) with our Eurofighter.   the flight date is: 03-16-16.

You maybe remember of us, we landed in Portsmouth with 8 Eurofighter and 2 B767 tanker.

We had a wonderful time with all of you, many thanks again for your fantastic welcome.

As I said, if still possible, I would like to receive the CD to the following address:
Greetings to everybody and thanks a lot again.  Best Regards,  Valerio 

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My name is Mike Keaveney and I am the Irish guy who gave the little speech with the Bravo Company Colonel on the 6th of May last when you gave us that Fantastic Welcome and send off.

 

I will Treasure the signed Sweater that you gave to me Forever. It will be Framed and hung over an Irish Fireside.

 

I hope to visit Portsmouth next year when I sign off my Contract. I was often thinking of settling/retiring in the States and if I do, well, its Portsmouth for me.

 

Please tell Geri from Galway that I said Hello. She wrote under her name, "Rolling Thunder, Maine"

 

Stay safe and please keep up your great work as it does the Heart good to see that you care, its especially important to our young Soldiers.

 

Please send me a Disc with the photos to my home in Ireland.

 

God Bless you all,  Regards always,  Mike.

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My flight landed in NH on May 21, 2016, and we got delayed a few days.  If wouldn't mind, please mail a copy of those pictures to me.
Thank you for all that you do and the generous hospitality you both and the rest of the volunteers have done for us and every other flight that has passed through. 

God Bless,
Chief Warrant Officer Two (CW2) Tiffany Brett
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Dearest friends of our troops,

Our family was extremely blessed to get your picture and video CD in the mail this week.  What a wonderful surprise!!  Thank you for sending out our brave son with such honor.  Clearly you each have given much time, thought and preparation to this honorable send-off.  Thanks for being the best of America to our troops.  I only wish our entire nation would have the same sentiment.  We are grateful for each well-wish, smile and word of encouragement that you gave to our son and his fellow deploying Airmen.

Thank you for your service to our country and for bestowing honor and value on today’s service men and women. 

Grateful hearts,  Ron and Lora Brock,   Proud parents of daughter and son SA Brock and Airman First Class Brock

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Good Morning JoAnne,

My sons name is William Brandyn Wallace

Thanks for all the information about your group. It is a great organization with a lot of wonderful people! Wish I was closer but I will be donating and helping in any other way I can.
I know it meant a lot to my son and all the other men and women who's lives you touched 5-25-16 with reminders of how much they are appreciated and thought of.

God Bless!   Have a Great Day!  Diane Barton

Thank you for the outstanding send off you guys gave us at the airport 5-13-16.  I was very surprised.  I have been in the Army for 20 years and have not experienced anything like that. I think what you are doing is a great thing.  Close to 9/11 there were a lot of bandwagon fans and I experienced that.  Today, only the true supporters show up.  The young servicemen really needed what you guys did.  They don’t get the appreciation that was given in the past.  For many of them this is their first deployment.  Thank you for reminding them they are not alone and helping them remember what we do this job for.  Maybe I can come through again sometime.  I want to bring my kids up there to see the photos on the wall, and maybe even help send some troops off with you.  For all of you that did not get the support you so dearly deserved in the past, I would like to say.  Welcome home, good job, we are proud of you and what you sacrificed for our country, thank you.

Sincerely,  CW3 Brandon Robinson
Mi17 Instructor/Maintenance Pilot,  US Army

Greetings!!
First, I would like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Your service to the troops are beyond measure. All your welcoming smiles ease the pain of homesickness. I just want to thank you even though it's been a decade past due. I was among the troops who came home on May 30,2009. For that I was truly grateful - Sgt M. Krueger ( US Army).

I came through on May 8/9 and I almost cried a half dozen times.  I have been deployed before and went through civilian airports and have NEVER received the type of motivation and love that I did at Pease.  I loved that each one of the members that I came into contact with showed admiration for US deploying, when in reality it should be the other way around, admiration for them.  Thank you for showing that there are REAL AMERICANS out there that still support the military.  Terry Vargas

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I just wanted to let you know that we received your care packages and I wanted to take some time to say thank you for what you all do.

The care package with the snacks and coffee was a big hit! We LOVE coffee here so if that is a request that can be put in, we would love to get more.

Thank you again for what ALL of you do!!

Semper Fi,   Chris Calhoun, Sgt Maj, USMC, Retired



REMINDER,

Pease Greeters are invited to march in the Memorial Day parade in Exeter, NH on Monday, May 30, 2016.

As it stands now, parade participants will meet at Swazey Parkway at 9:00 AM. There will be some stops along the way for laying of wreaths at several locations, the reciting of the Gettysburg Address, and a ceremony at Gale Park (at the junction of Front St., Linden St., Pine St.) after which those who choose to will proceed to the cemetery and then across the street for pizza and cold drinks.

If you have t-shirts that say Pease Greeter that would be great, please wear them. Thank you so much for your willingness to be part of the event to honor our vets and to pay homage to those who have been lost. catlady

Frank Kervin will have a sign-up sheet at his sound cart at every greet. Please see Frank to get your name on the list, or email Frank
-------[email protected]...Thank  you

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 I had the pleasure of coming through and meeting your group on April 8.  I must say, that was a wonderful ceremony and sendoff for my first deployment.  I truly enjoyed shaking everyone's hand and exchanging stories with fellow Veterans and grateful Citizens.  Your hospitality will be deeply remembered over the next year, as you were the last Americans we saw with boots in country.

    I was told to give you my address and you could send a CD of all the pictures that were taken during the ceremony.  I was hoping I could be selfish and you could send one to myself in country, and my wife back home.

    Again, thank you so much for all your group does to help see Service members who are departing and returning home.  We are truly grateful for such wonderful folks such as yourselves.

    Sincerely,
    1LT Daniel Allison

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Got the honor of flying into Portsmouth, New Hampshire on my way to Afghanistan today 4-15-16. They had over 150 people who greeted and hugged/handshake everyone coming off the plane. They had a full spread of food with drinks and put together a ceremony for us. They bring their young kids and teach them civic and patriotic duties. It was the most sincere send off that I've had from all my tours. That's the way every town or city in AMERICA should do it. Thanks to the wonderful people of Portsmouth!   SFC  Phil Richards

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 A while back a Marine mom friend of mine sent me a couple of the wonderful stars you make for our troops.

 My son is getting ready to deploy and I would love to get some for his platoon or at least a few of his closest friends. They are such a wonderful reminder that there are still people in this country thinking about them and supporting them. I wasn't sure if you were still making them.  If you are let me know what you need from me to get the process going!  If you are no longer making them thank you so much for the ones you have already made!



Thank you,

 Sandy Smith

#2------Thank you  all that all of you do for our troops. I watched the Video about the Stars on the Pease website !  Awesome ! Sometimes we feel like people in our country don't appreciate our military. Knowing my son is serving for people like you that care makes all the difference in the world. Please thank all those working with you for me!
Forever grateful,
Sandy Smith

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Thank you for what you and your fellow patriots do for our troops. I came through last Friday, 15 April, on a flight from Ft Bliss, TX to Kuwait. I was moved to tears by the show of support from the wonderful people at Pease NH. It was especially moving to witness the older veterans who shared some of their precious time with us. I’ve served for over 34 years so far and have experienced so much, but the Pease experience will undoubtedly stand out among my most treasured memories. Many of my fellow soldiers expressed the same sentiments. 



Words cannot describe adequately my appreciation for what you do, so I’ll simply say again “Thank You!”



I would appreciate a CD when you get a chance.

God Bless You!



 CW2 Tom Utendorf

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I just wanted to personally thank you for the care packages I received from you guys. There was some great stuff in there! I was able to use several things from the care packages, and I was able to share the packages with other Soldiers and Airmen on the installation. Thank you again for taking the time out to send me some care packages, and thank you for all you do for us!



Respectfully,

2LT Bivens, Darneshea

Hello! 



My name is Julie Bassett. My husband, SGT Bassett just came home from a 9 month deployment on April 10th. He said that everyone greeting the troops at the airport was so friendly, welcoming, and kind. It was the best feeling to see so many people who cared. He also really appreciated the candy and other items you provided. It was nice for me to know that even though family or myself couldn't be there to greet him, that he still had a great experience. I would like to give you the utmost thanks for the wonderful homecoming experience provided to my husband. It makes my heart happy to know that there are people who care about our service men and women and are willing to take time out of their busy schedules to make their days brighter. Thank you all for all that you do, I will never be able to thank you enough. 



Also, I would like to see if it is possible to obtain a copy of the pictures taken on that day.

Thank you so much and God Bless,

Julie Bassett

 

JoAnne Schottler
PEASE GREETERS
Board of Director
Care Package Coordinator
63 Winnicutt Road
Stratham, NH 03885
603-772-8620
www.peasegreeters.org

From: [email protected]
To: [email protected]
Sent: 4/15/16 9:05:16 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Fwd: 4-15-16 troop Letters

 

 

REMINDER,

Pease Greeters are invited to march in the Memorial Day parade in Exeter, NH on Monday, May 30, 2016.

As it stands now, parade participants will meet at Swazey Parkway at 9:00 AM. There will be some stops along the way for laying of wreaths at several locations, the reciting of the Gettysburg Address, and a ceremony at Gale Park (at the junction of Front St., Linden St., Pine St.) after which those who choose to will proceed to the cemetery and then across the street for pizza and cold drinks.

If you have t-shirts that say Pease Greeter that would be great, please wear them. Thank you so much for your willingness to be part of the event to honor our vets and to pay homage to those who have been lost. catlady

Frank Kervin will have a sign-up sheet at his sound cart at every greet. Please see Frank to get your name on the list, or email Frank
-------[email protected]...Thank  you

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Hi Catlady: !! Thank you for what you and those other beautiful and handsome comrads of yours do.

You are giving me something I would never have got to see when he came thru NH!!

His flight date was 11/29/2015 .

He will never forget how you all made him feel.. He felt like he had landed in a

realm of child hood and happy people. If only this area were like that there , the moral

would be a lot less stressful...

We have 7thgroup, AForce, Marine and Army base right here. How sad..

Anyway from one cat lover to another I think of you guys often because of his story.

Sincerely , Sheryl Bogart-Vaught

 

Keep me posted on updates if your on fbook!!

 

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Hi,

First let me start by thanking you and the other Pease Greeters for the amazing work you do. My daughter was on a recent flight that was greeted. She told me all about your organization and the incredible service you provide for all of our Military. I immediately googled and youtubed everything I could find about the Pease Greeter and have been singing your praises and building awareness in our home town.

 

I would like to request a cd of the pictures that were taken on 4/8/16 flight 949. On the card my daughter was given there was #2 written. My home address is :

Thank you in advance and God Bless you.

Sincerely,

Susan

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This is SSG Mason, Colin , We passed through your Hometown this past weekend, Sunday, 4-10-16    in route to our Homes in Texas, following Demobilization.  All the efforts, time, cheers, The Welcoming Home is Greatly Appreciated above and beyond any Thank You I can deliver...Thank You, All...this Welcoming Home will always be remembered!!!! Heart n Soul...

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Hi, my son Cody Mutina contacted you about a cd of his homecoming in NH from overseas. Just wanted to let you know I watched it today.

Thank you so much for taking the time to send it and for taking the time to be there to greet these young men and women. It is so wonderful to know caring, thoughtful people are out there and care to take the time to welcome them home. Means the world to this mom!

Thanks to all of the Pease greeters. God Bless you all!

Maunie Moody
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I wanted to request one of the CD's you all were offering from our flight into New Hampshire.

 

I can't tell you how surprised I was to see all of you there and the things you do for the troops heading overseas. Although I was processing through this time as a civilian contractor, you all took the time to make everyone feel welcomed and appreciated as they make their way into harms way.

 

The last time I was in New Hampshire I was a Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corps and taught an Assault Climbers course up near the man in the mountain, I believe that was what that rock formation was called. You all do an outstanding job and I thank you for the support and everyone else that contributes to help make our country what it is.

 

I have CCed my wife on this as well, in case you need to reach her for any reason regarding the CD.

 

Thank you all again!

Semper Fi,  Chris Calhoun, SgtMaj, USMC, Retired

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JoAnne Schottler
PEASE GREETERS
Member Board of Directors
Care Package Coordinator
63 Winnicutt Road
Stratham, NH 03885

 

 

 

From: [email protected]
To: [email protected]
Sent: 4/11/16 9:22:21 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: 4-11-15 -16 Troops Letters

 

Pease Greeters are invited to march in the Memorial Day parade in Exeter, NH on Monday, May 30, 2016.

As it stands now, parade participants will meet at Swazey Parkway at 9:00 AM. There will be some stops along the way for laying of wreaths at several locations, the reciting of the Gettysburg Address, and a ceremony at Gale Park (at the junction of Front St., Linden St., Pine St.) after which those who choose to will proceed to the cemetery and then across the street for pizza and cold drinks.

If you have t-shirts that say Pease Greeter that would be great, please wear them. Thank you so much for your willingness to be part of the event to honor our vets and to pay homage to those who have been lost.

Frank Kervin will have a sign-up sheet at his sound cart at every greet. Please see Frank to get your name on the list, or email Frank -------
[email protected]...Thank  you

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My phone rang at 5:15 this morning 4-10-16, with a call from our son, CH MAJ Robert Kinnune, who had landed there on his way home from his deployment in Iraq. I have tears of joy at this great news. He gave me the information to contact you for requesting a DVD of his arrival.

 

Yes, my husband, Tim, and I received the wonderful photos that you sent this morning. What a relief to see that big grin on Robert’s face, looking healthy!  It is a thrill to see our son with a big happy smile on his face.   Thank you for the nice compliment. We are proud of our son and his dedication to our God and our country. The Lord has truly given him a special calling to be a chaplain. We were on our way to church when your email and photos came in, so I wasn’t able to respond to you at that time. Then we went to a church picnic for most of the rest of the day. What a special day this has been!! My eyes fill with tears as I read about all that your organization, PEASE GREETERS, does for our military who are coming and going in their deployments. I am in awe of all that you do that shows love, patriotism and support for them. When their families can’t be with them as they leave our country, and when they arrive, you are there to hug them for us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for doing this and being such amazing ambassadors. 

Thank you so much for being part of the team of all of us who support and pray for Robert, and the others who are deployed. You are a great encouragement to them, and our families. 

With love, gratitude, and God’s blessings on you,

Dianne Lemley,

 

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I cannot express  my appreciation enough for the Pease Greeters' generosity and dedication to recognizing service members' sacrifice.  I think I can speak for everyone on our flight in saying that we were overwhelmed by your kindness.  It is not always easy being the center of attention, but it is certainly nice knowing that at least some Americans care enough to go out of their way to let us know that we are not forgotten as we go into harm's way.

 

Please send a copy of the CD to my wife, Dawn Workman,

Thank you again.  May God bless all of the Pease Greeters as you have blessed so many service members.

Sincerely,

Aaron Worlman

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My husband, Joey, was on a flight #2 today, 4-8-16, and let me know you took some pictures of him on his way to his destination. I would love to get a CD of it as a keepsake for our first deployment together. :) we got married last year in April and he deployed before we could celebrate our anniversary together and so I'm grateful for your thoughtfulness and making our separation easier by knowing there's other people like you looking out for him and his team.
Thank you again!
-Diana Nicholas

Good Evening,

On 02-08-16 my squadron and I came thru yalls airport that morning. I had lost your card for awhile and sometime last week I had found it in my cammies i was wearing that day. Anyways I was hoping you would still have the photos of that day and was wondering if you could send them to me if you still had them.

 

It was very nice meeting yall that morning and was very comforting knowing that people care and would take time out there busy schedule to come greet us. I would gladly appreciate it.

 

Thank you and have a good day, Cody Mutina

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JoAnne Schottler
PEASE GREETERS
Member Board of Directors
Care Package Coordinator
63 Winnicutt Road
Stratham, NH 03885
603-772-8620

 

From: [email protected]
To: [email protected]
Sent: 12/14/15 9:17:19 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: 12-14-15 Troop Letters

 

Hello my name is Lacey Solano my husband sent  me a picture of your card so that I could receive the pictures he was taken in. I would love to receive  some via email or by address on a CD anything for him to have some keepsake photos thank you very much! It's such a kind thing for you to do this for our men and women of service I know as his wife I cherish photos especially when I can't be with him.
PS:  Just got the teaser Picture of my Husband.

Oh my god!!! I love it again thank you so so much !!!!!️ this means the world to me I can not thank you enough just seeing these moments caught in pictures and being able to keep them means more than you know! God bless you and what you do! You touch the hearts of many! 

The Solider name is Elizabeth (Beth) Leakan. DOD was  12-11-2015.

 

Thank you for everything that you guys do! This is my mom's first deployment and she called me crying because of everything that you guys did for them! My grandpa was in the Navy and she said that it brought back so many memories and made her feel at home, even when she was not. You don't go unnoticed! My whole family is looking forward to seeing the pictures, thank you again for everything that you do! You rock! You make a difference in all of the soldiers and their families lives. We truly appreciate it! If there is anything we can do please let us know!


 

Thanks!   Lauren Leakan

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Good afternoon , I passed thru Pease on my way home this past Sunday, December 13, and would like a cd of the pictures.

I am a contractor and prior Army. I must say I have never received such a fantastic welcome home! Thank you to you and the Pease Greeters. Have a blessed Holiday!

Sincerely,
Karol Chapman, State of Maine

Hello there, my name is Susanne and my husband Glen was part of the flight that came through your location this afternoon (12/11) as they are headed to Afghanistan (from Ft. Bliss, TX).  I found your name on the website that I could request a CD of the pictures.  Could you please send me the information on how to get one?  They will be gone for 6-months and it would mean a lot to see him in these photos and share with our family.

He had a few minutes to call me to tell me how wonderful the experience was—it meant so much to have everyone there with such an awesome send off and show of support.  He said that another woman in the group was moved to tears.  We are not far from you—we live in RI… if I knew he was going to go through NH we would have come to be a part of it. But since I wasn’t there, I feel so grateful that so many other kind and generous people were there to greet him and his whole group and make them feel so appreciated and wonderful.  From the bottom of my heart, I can’t thank you and your fellow greeters enough.

Best wishes this holiday season and God bless.  Susanne Bianco

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I passed through Portsmouth on 11/27 and I must say I and my fellow soldiers were overwhelmed with your reception.  This is my fourth deployment and I have never seen such a tremendous outpouring from a community.  It makes me happy just thinking about it.  I am together here with LTC Lynn (CHIP) Huffman at Camp Dahlke in East Afghanistan.  Chip had to go out for a few weeks on a side mission, so I took his package from you and shared it with the unit here.  The soldiers were very appreciative.  Thank you for all the nice Christmas decorations and the goodies.  It is hard being away from home on the holidays but this brings a little bit of home here-thank you for that.  

I would love a copy of your husbands photos on the CD. Thank You again

COL John Tis,  946th Forward Surgical Team

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Thank you for the CDROM from 11-1-15  with the photos. The Soldiers really enjoyed them. We can't thank you enough for the homemade yarn hats you provided. The weather here in Kuwait has been in the 30's. Many of us have pulled out the cap for the long walks in the bitter cold to the dining facility.

I hope you all have a happy and a blessed Merry Christmas.

Gabriel Monty

This is MAJ Demetrick Thomas and I came thru NH on 11 Dec 15.

First of all, I who like to thank you and the many many people that greeted me and the other Soldiers enroute to our deployed location. It was indeed and honor and a privilege to receive you all warm welcome!!!

Again I would like to thank you for doing so much for the Soldiers.

MAJ Demetrick Thomas=

I would like to take the time and thank  the wonderful people of New Hampshire for the warm and welcoming greetings you showed to all of us when we passed Through on the 27th November 2015. Thank you for all the support, encouragement and inspiration from the audience and the veterans, moms, dad, aunts and uncles. The food and all of the goodies were delicious and much appreciated.

May the Lord Jesus Christ repay you all with Grace and Mercy, God bless you all and keep you all  in his care.

Very Respectfully,  Marc Williams

First, thank you for your wonderful generosity to help us keep in touch with our loved ones, especially when we cannot be there ourselves - very much appreciated!

Our daughter's flight date is 12-11-15
Thank you again for all you do for our men and women in uniform.  Kelly DeVore, Sports Editor

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I would like to thank you for putting a smile on my deploying son's face. He was so happy when he spoke of the volunteers that were at the airport today. The things you are doing for our soldiers are more valuable than I can find the words to describe.

I would love a cd with the photos from today 11 Dec 2015.
Thank you all again for what you are doing for our soldiers. God Bless you all.

Joanie Robben, the proud Mom of a deploying soldier.

 

I would like to request flight pictures from 11-28-15

 

Thank you so much for the wonderful reception.  Have a blessed Christmas!

 

Also, please pass on many thanks to Linda who made my blue knit cap that I am now using every evening.  It is wonderful for the much colder temps than I thought in KUWAIT.  I also am using the colorful scarf I was given.

 


Regards,

CW3 Bruce Landeg 

 

 

JoAnne Schottler
PEASE GREETERS
Member Board of Directors
Care Package Coordinator
63 Winnicutt Road
Stratham, NH 03885
603-772-8620

 

From: [email protected]
To: [email protected]
Sent: 12/9/15 9:09:44 A.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: 12-9-15 Troop Letters.

 

Hi i was just emailing you about the 1194th pictures we passed through on 11-18-15.
If there is anything else you all would love to send us we would love any care packages .   Some help things everyone is asking for is laundry stuff.

Cheyanne French

(FYI---the day this email came in our Greeter Katherine S. dropped off 2 cases of ALL detergent and a case of Fabric softner,  which right now is on its way to Kuwait !!!   she had NO IDEA about this request )

 

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Thank you so much for the care package full of stockings and other stuff on it.. I do appreciate for all the goodies you have sent to us.  For all the things you have done for us, thank you isn't enough... we do appreciate it.. all the Soldiers here loves everything you sent. I always share those package to them.. Even to the non-U.S. military...

Merry Christmas.

Again thank you.

Maria D. Santos, SFC (OR-7), AR, USA
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Thank you for the stockings and baggies to stuff them with.

I fly out for my R&R on Mon night, you and the team have a very Merry Christmas and thank you for all you do for us.

Alejandra (Alice) Ortiz
Executive Assistant to the Commander
Army Field Support Battalion - AFG
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Ma'am,
   
        I am writing to you on behalf of the 4th FMSU currently forwarded to  Qatar. We traveled through Pease on 20 November 2015 and would greatly appreciate a copy of the photos you have of us.

 

We are scheduled to be here until August 2016. Once again I would like to thank you for all that you do. Coming through Pease was the first time quite a few of our soldiers had been away from home and their loved ones. Everything you did made them that much more comfortable with the transition into theater. The display you put on solidified in their minds that no matter what near or far there would always be someone who was proud of everything they did.

Sgt. Christopher Cassidy

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Hello,

I want to THANK YOU so much for the Christmas Stockings. I was almost in tears, reading the little cards from all the women that made the stockings by hand. I stuffed the stocking with all the goodies that was also sent from the organization. I will send the pictures once I pass them out on the 24th of December.

Thank you again,

SPC Gagina Velazquez

 

I wanted to take time to send a letter to the Pease Greeters and the school for the care package.

Rose Rivera

Thankyou so much for coming out to see 11-28, us it was a wonderful experience. 

 

Sincerely, Joe Casey

 

I came through on a flight date of 13 Aug 2015 and I was hoping to request a cd of flight pics.  Thank you so much for what you do, it means the world to those of us traveling to and from the US to less friendly locations.  Please keep it up!

 

David Shaffer, Capt, USAF

 

JoAnne Schottler
PEASE GREETERS
Member Board of Directors
Care Package Coordinator
63 Winnicutt Road
Stratham, NH 03885
603-772-8620

Greetings and thank you for all you and the Pease Greeters do in Portsmouth, NH! I'll never forget the warm welcome we received as we came through at the end of October of this year. I'm writing to send my home mailing address so that my wife may get a copy of the disc offered from our flight. The date on the card I was given is 10/30/15 and we were Flight #2.

Again, thanks so much for a wonderful experience! This is my fourth deployment and I hope to come back through Pease next year on our travels home. Keep up the good work and know you're all inspiring us to do the same one day!

 

God Bless You All!!!

 

Sincerely,

SSG William J. Henderson III

 

Thank you so much, please let me know if there is a way to make an online donation to support your efforts. 

 

My husbands name is Nicholas R. Pruitt and he will be at Bagram AFB in Afghanistan for about 9 months. 

 

Thank you for the photo from 11-1  ! It made my heart jump, we miss him. Thank you again for the support you give our service members, I know they appreciate it and I know I can't thank you enough for sending them off with the knowledge that people care for them and appreciate what they do. 

 

Truly thankful,  Adrelly Pruitt
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  I have your card in my rucksack that I had when you so awesomely welcomed us back.  I just retired and would like to get the photos that you took for our flight. Is this still possible?  9-15-13  #2

I will find your group tonight online and ensure that a donation is made for your outstanding group.  I cannot tell you how much touching down at Pease Airport and seeing all of you meant to me and my soldiers and friends.  I want my wife and children to see the photos your husband took for historical purposes.  I believe that you could donate these pictures to National Archives and Records Administration - http://www.archives.gov/  

 

 What you did for all of us is absolutely historical (as a History Degree and general history nerd) and needs to be seen.  I guarantee that somebody, somewhere will do a doctoral thesis on your organization and allow the entire world (if they could block the Middle East) to see what you do and how it made us feel.

Thank you again ma'am!

Major Jeff Hilt (retired)

My name is Sgt Adam King and it was an absolute pleasure to make our stop in Portsmouth 11-7 and receive that heartfelt welcome and meet all the sweet folks up there. Something we will not forget for the rest of our lives. Thank you all sincerely.

I will be sure to share with the other soldiers and forward your information to those interested as well. Happy Thanksgiving to all of your families.

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Thank you for a wonderful event for the return of our crews from deployment on 7 October 2015 it was really special.  I would like a copy of the photos, and my address is below thank you so much!

Photos #2 Date: 10-7-2015

Clay Bryant

Hello how are you doing? I am doing pretty well and was kind of sad  we didn't fly into NH on our return. I came through there in April of this year and did make it home. I know it is a long time since I met you all, but was wondering if it would be possible to get the pictures from the flight that came in there. I was on flight #3 and the flight date was 4-5-15. I was counting of my wife to get these but things didn't work out well with us, but would like pictures of this flight.

 

This was my 5th deployment as well as the last and everyone there made me feel so welcome. I really appreciate all that you both do for not only me,  but ever single person that walks through there and gets such a wonderful welcome. It was honestly the best I have ever witnessed and was really hoping to stop by there one last time. Anyway, I hope you all have a good Thanksgiving. I really do appreciate all of the members of the peace keepers. If you are unable to get the flight pics for me, it is ok. I will be happy knowing that from the bottom of my heart I really appreciate you ALL. 

  Robert  A.

 

Awesome accomplishment 900 flight ! The Pease Greeters are indeed a blessing to the hundreds and thousands of military servicemen and women who have visited during their transitions. I am sure that each of us have taken to the warm, thoughtfulness, caring and loving spirits and gifted actions. As a Commander, it is with the greatest gratitude that I say that my troops were in awe of the genuine love and support that each of you provided. There is no doubt in my mind that GOD gifts us the right people, in the right places, in order to do the right deeds in life. You all matter to the servicemen and women and please never doubt that you represent the reason(s) that we are proud to serve and protect this great nation. May GOD continue to bless you, the Pease Greeters, our servicemen and women, our families and the U-S-A!   Capt Burch....came thru 3 years ago.

 

I recently came through and met both of you on my way to the middle east.  I was blown away by the kindness of your organization.  I really was surprised.  It felt very sincere and was much appreciated.

I was there on Oct 30, 2015 - #2.

If you could please mail to my home address so that I can re-watch with my family when I get home.  I tried to describe your event - but I know the pictures will do much better justice.
Once again - thank you so much for your commitment.  It will not be forgotten.

SGT Joe Richards
3/116th IN - 29th ID

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Ma’am,  Good afternoon.

 

I would like to personally thank  you and your team for sending us coffee and creamer… My co-military personnel were so happy to see it.

 

It was so nice of  you sending these stuff. All of us love coffee, in fact we are having an hard time ordering online. It will take 3 to 4 weeks to arrive… Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

 

Maria D. Santos, SFC (OR-7), AR, USA

 

 

Thank you so much for the wonderful care package full of treats!  There was more than enough to go around the Aid Station!  Thank you for all you and the Pease Greeters do to brighten our days.

 

Best,

Sarah Pace

 

 

Respectfully request pictures taken of my wife's unit SPC Gabriela M. Tillack,  taken on her flight date of 1 November 2015.  and thank you very much for doing what you do! 

Thanks again for doing all that you do.  This is an amazing program that I am very sure makes a difference in each and every military member passing through.


Vr,
Don

 

These letters bring tears to my eyes! I still enjoy giving out the stars here in Beaufort SC. I gave one to a Vietnam veteran who was sitting on a park bench at the waterfront with his wife and he began to cry. He couldn't talk for a few minutes as he was so amazed that someone cared. It makes me feel like I am still a Greeter and it warms my heart. Thank you so much,Bob Freeman.    Be free to share if you would like!

 

JoAnne Schottler
PEASE GREETERS
Member Board of Directors
Care Package Coordinator
63 Winnicutt Road
Stratham, NH 03885
603-772-8620


Hi All, Santa's workshop is filling up with Christmas Stockings, so far over 1,200 have been turned in....and more promised.  Deadline for shipping November lst, after that, they will be handed out at flights...Thanks

 

 Veterans day Programs planned at Marshwood in Eliot, Maine, and Greenland Central School, Greenland, NH----  November 10, 2015 @  9AM,  both schools put on amazing programs for our Veterans.

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Thank you so very much for the CD from when my son went through Pease. 10-7-15  It was wonderful!  Also thank you for the star as it means alot to us!!  Rick made it to Kandahar and is now the Commander there.  A challenging job but one he is happy to do.  Of course he misses his wife and daughters, the hardest part of deployment.  He told us all about the Pease Greeters and how much it meant to him.  Once again thank you for all you do!

 

All the best,  Debbie and Rich Martin

Good Morning !

First, thank you so, So, SO much for being there to welcome home our boys recently. As a Mother, I cannot express enough how much this means to me. May God bless you many times over in return.

My son, LCpl Marcus O. McBroom, gave me your card to request a free cd of flight pictures (Flight date 10/11/15). I would very much love to have one of those. Our info is below. Please let me know if you need anything additional. Thank you!   Thank you!   Thank you!

Respectfully, Lesli M. Yates

Good Morning,
I would like to get the pics from flight # 1 that arrived on 8-2-15.

You guys are the best!! That was the 3rd time I have come thru Pease, and as always all of you are the greatest!!! Thank you and god bless all of you for the wonderful things you do.

CW4 Stephen Mein

Good Afternoon! My name is 1st Lt Kim Panagsagan and I just wanted to thank
you and your team for the warm food and greetings as we passed through
Portsmouth. It was a welcomed surprise to see all of your energetic faces
and learn about the history of the Pease Greeters. I am leading a small team
(10 males, 3 females) in Iraq, and we would appreciate any additional
support or words of encouragement.

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Good day to you!! The crew here love the beanies that you all made, we are leaving back to the states by December.  I was wondering if there was a chance to out fit the guys with a few more beanies, they love them out here in Jordan.

First Sergeant John Bernard

 

Hello, and thank you for the AWESOME experience we had when passing through on September 26th 2015 on our way to Africa.  The kindness and generosity of the greeters was second to none!  The experience is still talked about toady by the group that stopped in NH and were greeted by your team!  It was a good experience for me because I was able to talk to the WWII Vets that were in attendance that night.

Thank you for all the hard work and dedication the greeter team puts into making the Soldiers feel special.  It is greatly appreciated by ALL Soldiers who pass through and have the privilege of walking down Heros' Walk!

Thanks again, and God Bless you all!

Charles Sullivan

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JoAnne Schottler
PEASE GREETERS
Member Board of Directors
Care Package Coordinator
63 Winnicutt Road
Stratham, NH 03885

 


From: [email protected]
To: [email protected]
Sent: 9/21/15 7:34:37 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: 9-21-15 Troop Letters

 

Sunday's weather looking good for Picnic, see you around Noon time, after the flight........Pavillion is covered.

 For those who have never been to Stratham Hill Park, there is a trail to the top, right near the Pavillion that passes a Monument where Abraham Lincoln's Son addressed a Class at Phillips Exeter, and when  you reach to top of the Hill, there is an amazing view of Great Bay and Portsmouth, and  a Fire tower.

      For me im just a kid living the ultimate dream,   you know every kid wants to grow up and be  like GI joe.

 I do what I do for the men and women who have came before me I do what I do to give back to those who have given me the freedoms I've been given.  I'm as sure as the sun rises I will always be here doing what I do. I love America I love each and every one of you it was a truly humbling and honoring experience in New Hampshire, you all are the real heroes,  because without most of you I wouldn't be here today with the freedoms I have. 

 

 thank you very much and God bless you all , Please send a CD to my wife and Mom, Sept 18, 2015.
Brandon Birney
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My name is Major Sue Gannon and I was on a US Army flight that passed through Pease on September 7, 2015.  We have safely arrived in country and are finally settling down. I wanted to take a moment and thank you and your fellow Pease greeters for the humbling and overwhelming reception my team, Detachment 67 352nd CACOM, and I received when we arrived that morning.

 

Words cannot not describe how truly thankful we are for the love and support of your organization as well as the rest of the American citizens who have shown us nothing but graciousness and warmth.   I am so proud to be an American.

If it is possible, we would love to get a copy of the pictures that were taken that morning.  Several members of my team would love to share them with friends and family and keep them as mementos of this year. 
I will ensure that the CD gets to the other members of our team.

Once again, I thank you for your love and support - it means the world to me.

My best to you and your loved ones. We will see you on the flip side when we come back home next year.

Airborne, All the Way!

MAJ Sue Gannon

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I am the Mom of one of the troops (Gabe McBride) that just came back from Afghanistan that you all welcomed back on September 10th, 2015.  I just wanted to write and tell you all how wonderful I think it is that you are all there doing this for our troops.  It makes me so happy that there are people like you that care so much for our Service Men and Women. 

To take the time to be there and take pictures and make them all feel welcome as they come back home and then to send the CD out to all of them as a memory to have is just so thoughtful and caring.  I just wanted to personally send you all a Great Big Thank-you for being there and doing this for my Son and all of the Sons and Daughters.

I am sure all the parents and loved ones of all these Men and Women would like to be the ones to be there also to welcome them back and that is really not possible. It is heartwarming to know that truly caring people were there to welcome our Sons and Daughters home.     

We received the CD for our son and we copied it all to our computers and will forward him the CD.  The videos and pictures were awesome.   I have gone to the site to check it out, and sent in a donation.  Hopefully, I will be able to help out more with future donations for all that you do for the troops. It is amazing all that you give…   

From the Bottom of My Heart, Thank you to all of you for all that you have done and continue to do.     Rosemary McBride

I was on the outgoing flight on 9/18 and I'd like to kindly request a CD.  I appreciate everything your organization has done to help make the transition easier for the military folks.

You guys made that morning memorable and it brought tears to my eyes more than once to see the dedication in your hearts.  You're good people.

Thank you!
Ronnie

I wanted to thank you again for everything your organization has done for us.  It was truly an honor to meet some of the great people on our stop in NH.

I would love to get a copy of the photos that you have, and continue a correspondence with your organization.

We are a group of 9 Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen.

Again, thank you for everything.  It was Greatly appreciated!

VR,

CPT(P) White, Jason L
US Army

This LTC Patricia Wadford. I was on the Sept 11, 2015 flight. I am currently in Bagram, Afghanistan. Please send a copy of the flight pictures to my daughter back home.

There are no words that can express my gratitude for your support. The reception we received was outstanding! I have served in the Army for over 22 years, but this the first time I have been greeted by Pease Greeters. It was so heart warming. Thank you for all you do for our troops! We greatly appreciate your support.

 

Sincerely,

LTC Wadford

Thank you very much for sharing these pictures.  It was truly amazing to step off the plane and get such a warm and heartfelt greeting from you all, 9-9-15
The pride that your team showed was incredible, and every person on that flight was stunned to get such a huge reception from people we've never actually met before, but that we knew were family because of the love you showed us.

We will be sending you an official letter thanking you all soon, but I wanted to take a personal second to send a thank you on behalf of the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron.
If possible, would you be able to send a couple CDs with the pictures to the address below?  Thank you. Please pass our best to all the Pease Greeters.

You are the best. 

V/R
PB

PAUL D. BRISTER, Lt Col USAF
Commander, 23 STS (AFSOC)

Maam,
Can you send me the pics from the 11 sep flight
I was on that flight and you guys did a great job and making us feel very welcomed and supported.
I wouls like to send your picture to my family and friends.

Thank you again for your support

LTC Keith Taylor

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Dear Sir,

Thank you for everything that you and your community did on flight 09/13/15, I will not forget it,  please send the pictures and again thank you.

Best Regards, Sayed Wali

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Ma'am, 

    Thank you so much for what you and your team does. It really means the world for service members to be greated by the beautiful faces they have sworn to protect! 

 

Kelvin Maldonado 9-13-15

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Thank you ladies and gentlemen for your hard work. On my 4th deployment and after all these years of crossing these lines you guys always seem to touch us all. Thank you and God Bless....9-11-15

Sgt Lizbeth Perez

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JoAnne Schottler
PEASE GREETERS
Member Board of Directors
Care Package Coordinator
63 Winnicutt Road
Stratham, NH 03885
603-772-8620



Hello, my name is MSG Bizzell, Miles. I am 45 on Aug 30, 2015  I am an US ARMY Combat Medic. I have been in the Army for 24 years and I have 22 months to go before I retire.... yeah for me..lol.
I am married to most beautiful woman In the entire world- Jessica Bizzell and Sophia Bizzell Is my blue eyed red headed angel that will be 2yo on 19 August 2015. Our home is inTexas.

 

 I am writing you because we received one of your care packages and we would like to take this opportunity to show our appreciation. Those care packages that you sent were address to other ARMY soldiers at the 950 Eng.....that just left for home, Don't worry they were all in good health when they left. They are probably relaxing on a beach somewhere as you are reading this.


I am part of the new group 442 Eng Company out of  TX that arrived here in Kabul, Afghanistan. When we got here we went thru some of the boxes that you guys sent and we where like lil kids in a candy store. Some just grabbed goodies and some needed those items that you sent. Either they forgot them or lost them on the way here. So they were extremely thankful for that.  We are not asking to get on your mailing list we just wanted to make sure that you where properly informed and thanked..
Until next time.. We really appreciate your kind generosity. Miles Bizzell
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Our office received two boxes yesterday filled with goodies. We cannot say
"THANK YOU" enough on behalf of everyone (ARCENT, ASA(ALT) FWD, CID,
CJTF-OIR). The guys (and I) get so excited when they arrive:) We all really
appreciate what you and everyone there does for everyone over here. It means
a lot to all of us.

I hope all is well at home and thank you again from all of us!!!

Thank you,

Annette

Annette Hard, Senior Auditor

My son SGT McGraw returned from Kuwait to Marine Corps base Miramar, CA on April 5, 2015.  

 

I know this is a very late request, but is it possible to get a CD of that returning flight? 

( FRED never deletes Pictures)

 

He spoke highly of the homecoming they received and I just recently found the card to request the pictures.  I understand if my request is too late and is no longer available.  

I would like to thank you so much for the support you show these returning men and women.  God bless you all.

 

Kathryn McGraw,

Key West

 

Thank you and the Pease Greeters for the continued support throughout our deployment. The Marines appreciate all the care packages that were received. We will redeploy next month, so no more care packages are required. Thank you again.

V/R
Capt Martin, Deanslen
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I was one the members on the flight 15Jul2015 who received a harm heartfelt welcome at the terminal in New Hamshire, and I'll like to express my gratitude to everyone for everything that was done. It was a one of a kind of experience, and I am truly grateful and appreciative for it.

I would love to share this experience with my family and friends. If it's not too late, could you mail me a CD of the pictures that were taken?

 

Sincerely,

Your friend,

Staff Sergeant Rodriguez, Roberto

 

Good morning, Ma'am,

 

First, I would like to thank you and the rest of the Pease Greeters for the wonderful welcome home, 8-9-15. These young Soldiers and I really appreciate it, and it reminds us whom and what we are fighting for. 

 

Thank you again, and please have a great day!

 

Very Respectfully,

Aaron Doft

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I received the package today and thank you so much for all the cookies, candies, coffee which helps me a lot because we are running out of supply and the phone cards but most of all thank you for the inspiring notes and cards made by the group…

 

It was so helpful for us receiving these good stuff from all of you. Your love, prayers and the thoughts made our day more inspiring and motivating..

 

God bless to ya’ll and more power..

And lastly, can we request if you can send us personal things like shampoo, conditioner, body  spray and of course the all time favorite, coffee….

 

Much love from all of us.

 

Maria D. Santos, SFC (OR-7), AR, USA

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I want to again, thank you and all those that were there for our reception back to the United States!  It was a very emotional experience for me and was greatly appreciated.  Our flight date was last Sunday, 9 Aug 15, if you could please mail a CD to me at the following address:

 

 

Take care and God Bless.

 

Respectfully,

Dennis J. McCarthy

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This letter is too Portsmouth Herald, from a former Navy and now DOD, this was his 2nd time through Pease and we have kept in touch.....He had a great time talking to the GALLERY CREW, 6-28-15,  especially Larry Larkin, who knew exactly where Efrem lived and went to school.......,   don't know if it will be published but wanted to share with all of you.

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Aloha Portsmouth Herald,

 

I would like to Thank you so much for the Pease Greeters of Portsmouth New Hampshire, their tireless generosity,

dedication, kind consideration, and staunch Patriotism.

I was part of the 181 troop and civilian group returning to the U.S. from Afghanistan on June 28th, 2015.

 

The Pease Greeters welcomed our group back home and true spirit.

Below are pictures of these fine people that constantly take time out of their day, to open their arms and hearts

to us.

It brings tears of joy to my heart and also a smile to my face to know that America stands by their troops.

 

Please recognize these Patriots in your special way.

 

With Love and Aloha,

Efrem and Stephanie Williams

Aloha Nui Loa



First of all, THANK YOU SOO MUCH for all of the care packages, we at the 402nd greatly appreciate the gesture and the time , dedication and love ,the Pease Greeters put into each box.  You have brought Joy to many soldiers here.  Your gestures will not be forgotten.
Second, I will be leaving here next week and had to take the time to stay thank you. 

Sincerely, Gilbert  Gilbert

Came thru Pease 9-19-14

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My name is MAJ Barry White and I'm requesting a CD from the 5 July flight through NH.  Again, I would like to thank all the Greeters for what you do. It means a lot to us. Take care.

Barry

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My name is Lieutenant Colonel Todd Traver and I had the honor and privilege of flying through New Hampshire on July 5th. I cannot adequately describe in words how overcome with emotion I was when we were greeted by the Pease Greeters. I was not expecting that and you all blew me away. I cannot thank you and the group enough for getting out of your beds to meet us. I meant more that I could ever explain and I will never forget your support. 

 

I would like to request a copy of the photos from that morning.

Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are all very special people!

 

LTC Traver

 

Thank you very much, I received the copy and the care packages yesterday, and my wife and mom as well. From the bottom of my heart I appreciate everything that you and your people from New Hampshire doing. Been away from family and friends is always hard don’t matter how many times we doing it, but you guys make it easier for us, we have a extra love and support on you guys. You guys are special because I don’t have to many of my family back home, the most of my family lives in Boston and I'm a HUGE fan of the Boston Red Sox I wish I can showed to you but I can't cause I can't upload personal pictures in this computer and I don't have a laptop, 

 

 Hopefully next year when we returned to the state we can be able to stop there to have the chance to meet you all, it will be a pleasure for us. And I'm planning to go and watch a baseball game on the Fenway Park from the Green Monster next year with my wife and family, that’s on my Bucket List. Jaaajajaaaa....
"GO RED SOX AND YANKEES SUCK".....

Jose H.Flores,

PS: Jose came thru July 2013 and has redeployed to Kuwait.

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Good morning .

 

I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for that incoming ceremony you all put together for us. I am honored to be a part of such an amazing piece of New Hampshire history. This ceremony has brought tears to my eyes. I have served 15 years in the Army and now I am a DoD Contractor. I have never witnessed such a ceremony as beautiful as the one your organization presented to us. This has inspired me to create an organization in the Charlotte, NC area. I thank you guys so much. This means the world to me. 

 

If you have anymore CD's available, I would like to have a copy if that is ok. Once again, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.

 

Lamont Lawson

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Subj: 6/29/15 Troops Letters

 

LOL, From a Happy Soldiers MOM, formerly from New England.  It is the little things in life.....Justin came thru June 22, 2015

Hello JoAnne,

Jackie Bowen here…and did I get a BIG surprise today!!  Wow, the Mail Lady honked her horn and I ran outside to be given this heavy box…and an envelope from you and…?   WOW, I have had so much fun, taking a picture and fb it before I left this morning.  I just got home…everyone is so excited for me and a whole case of Moxie..YIKES… Everytime I went back to New England in the past, I would bring back a few bottles of Moxie on the airplane and some New England hot dog rolls (which now I can get here at Krogers…called Coney buns!!  J  )  and some kidney baked beans.  WE cannot get them here all baked and in the sauce…jus t one of my favorites from back home.

Of course I have had one Moxie…  Will need to figure out what I will do and how I will share each can.  Want to bring one or two to school where I teach.   J  J  They can each have a taste… J 

That was very, very kind of you to do that.  Wow…  Thank you very much for sending me a little bit of home.  I was born in Winthrop, and grew up in Georgetown MA, my first teaching job in Rowley.  Justin just did not realize how close he was to MA. 

My brother Don Reed lives in New Castle, that is why my niece was somewhat close by.  My brother served in Vietnam and once was President of New England Telephone.  He has done quite well, but does not want to “go  there”…

 What you are doing is fantastic.  Was seeing my daughter and her family off to WI today, and she mentioned there is a group in Madison that does something like this for the service men…esp flying some to Washington, I know they have done that in Louisville which is not too far from me.  Don’t know of any greeters…that is too cool.

Justin has called me from Kuwait and told me how amazing this was when they arrived in NH.  He gave me details.  Told me how you gave him a tour.  J  I like to fly into Manchester when I go home, rather than Logan…  Easier to navigate for me.

I have not looked at the CD pictures yet, since I just got home a little while ago…but plan on doing that as soon as I finish this.  Will get back I am sure.

I hope this finds you all well and happy.  God bless you on your service.  How absolutely wonderful!!

Take good care..

Jackie Bowen

 

By the way, your email addresses on your letter head gave me quite a smile.  Jscatlady and Turtlebkr…  I am down to 12 cats right now.  Live out in the country and have rescued pets here all spayed and neutered now.   And when out for a walk a year and a half ago, picked up a turtle no bigger than a quarter.  Right now he is racing around the living room and dining room.  I let him out of his aquarium when he tells me he wants OUT!!  Then we play hide and seek…  J 

Did Justin mention he was born on the 4th of July in 1976???  Yup, my bicentennial baby…  He is number 6 in a line of my 8 children…6 boys and 2 girls…  So since he will be 39 Saturday, that means the country is 239!! 

 

 

First, I would like to extend my gratitude for all of your support from a retired Command Sergeant Major who served our Nation for over 36 years. I am now the Afghanistan Aviation Program Manager for the Fluor Government Group. Part of my job includes oversight of all the helicopter passenger terminals in Afghanistan. Soldiers often spend many hours in our facilities waiting for flights.

 

 Thank you very much for the care packages you send here to Afghanistan for our Soldiers. We put the contents out for our Soldiers waiting for flights to enjoy. They love the snacks and often comment about the generosity of people back home. Please know we appreciate everything you and all your supporters do to take care of them and make their tough days here a little better. We know it takes a tremendous amount of time and resources for these boxes to be filled and shipped here to Afghanistan.

 

 It is very inspirational and makes our dedication to these warriors all more worthwhile. Rest assured that all the packages we received are put directly in the hands of our deserving Soldiers.

Once again, thank you and all those Pease Greeters involved!

Richard D. Stidley
Command Sergeant Major (Retired)
Fluor Aviation Program Manager, Afghanistan
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My name is 1LT Matt Dinkel, and I am writing to request a copy of the pictures from the Pease Greeter event on June 22nd. My address is listed below, or if there is a download link please let me know so I can save you the trouble.  note  (Fred's Pics are NOT posted)

Thank you for everything you did for us and the many other service members that came before. We appreciate your efforts.

Sincerely,

1LT Matthew P. Dinkel

My name is SSG Megan Kelly. We came through on that Saturday night on our way to Kuwait. I was wondering if I could get the CD with the pics? I will be sure to share them with my Battle Buddies.
  Thank you so much for what you do! I hope you know what a huge impact you make!

Oh! We're here for 9 months. Only on day 5. It's safe to say we'll be here when the mail comes! Thank you so much for what you do. It was the highlight of this deployment so far. Looking forward to coming through on our way home!

6/25/2015

This is just a quick note to express my gratitude for the two care packages I just received.   Your support and is sincerely appreciated!

 

My team went through the boxes pretty quickly, just so you know.  The peanuts, cheese-its, and Slim Jims were the first items to go.  But a special thanks for the cards and well wishes from folks in your community. 

 

Again, thank you very much.  I’m a Southerner myself, but New Hampshire seems to me like a fine place to call home.

 

Respectfully,

Britt Walker

 

BRITTIAN A. WALKER

LTC (OF-4), USA

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Ma’am,

I have just picked up our mail. I cannot begin to tell you just what your care packages mean to us. First I was very surprised and then over whelmed at you and the Pease Greeters generosity and personal duty. Your support for us in these sometimes adverse locations is an absolute Godsend. We cannot show our appreciation enough for your generosity. We all sincerely thank you from our hearts.

 

P.S.

I do have four females on my team. Once again…THANK YOU!!!

Lawrence Rounsaville

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Dear Pease greeters team,

 

Your boxes of snacks and toiletries just arrived in our office… full of thoughtfulness and a treasure-trove of treats! I was here in Afghanistan for two years when I was in the military and now I am back as a civilian, serving in the training & exercises division.  In our office we have American, Italian, Australian, and Croatian military, along with civilians (mostly prior service/retired military).

 

We can feel your love and care, as beloved fellow citizens, when it feels a lot of days like America overall has forgotten (or wants to forget) we are still here in Afghanistan and working, hoping desperately to make good on the promises and precious sacrifices our nation has made here.

 

Thank you for remembering us and remembering Afghanistan.

 

Sending you love and gratitude from Kabul, 

 

Felisa Hervey (pen name Farzana Marie)

 

Good morning,

 

My unit, the 396th Transportation Company, came through the Portsmouth airport about a month ago (23 May) on our way back home to Fort Stewart from Kuwait. You and your organization provided us with a wonderful and heart-warming welcome ceremony during our layover at the airport. How can I receive one of the CDs with our photos on it? Also, is there any way I can receive the photos electronically as well?

 

Ignacio S. Naudon

I will never forget the reception that we got when arriving at the Pease Airport, 5-8-15.  Thank you for keeping Patriotism alive and for inspiring others to do the same!  If I could receive a CD of the occasion it would be greatly appreciated! 
Philip Breen

We want to thank all of you for all the work that you do for the troops leaving to be deployed!  We were so impressed and surprised with the outpouring of support that was shown to all of the soldiers and to their families. We were so thrilled to be able to see our Son at Pease, 6-21-15.

Thank you all. 

 

Paula Tully

Massachusetts


Sent: 3/30/2014 12:38:58 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: 3-30-14 Troop Letters

 

Hi, we were the family that came from Bangor Airport on 3/28/14.
I would also like to thank you again for holding him back so we could see him safe and sound. We are so very grateful to you all.
Sincerely
Natalie & Bruce Crawford

First, please know how much my husband, John, my son Nick and I appreciate all the Pease Greetetrs do to welcome home our troops and for us our son, Captain John Cristiano. When we got word that our son John would be flying into Pease Air Force Base after 9 months in Afghanistan on March 28, we were so excited to be able to see him home in the US safe and sound. We never expected to walk into the terminal and see so many proud Americans volunteering their time to greet our soldiers and welcome them home. Honestly –we so admire what you folks do and to say thank you just doesn’t seem enough. With that –we would like to make a monetary contribution to show our support for what you do for all our troops.

With lots of admiration and heartfelt thanks!

Jeanne and John Cristiano –proud parents of US Army Captain John M. Cristiano

P.S. We are very excited to view the CD—

Jeanne & John Cristiano

Massachusetts

I would like to thank you guys for all you do. It was amazing and moving the greeting we received. It really does mean a lot to see people that go out of their way to do things like this. The ceremony was incredible and moving. I enjoyed talking to everyone and hearing different stories. I can only hope to get the chance to stop in another day. I also appreciate that many people recognized my family for their sacrifice as well. Of course you guys understand that. The only bad part was sitting on the plane for 3 hours. It is what it is. Again I thank you all. Flt#691 March 26, 2014

Greg Quinn

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My son came through today enroute to Afganistan and called to tell me of the great suprising greeting they got, he especially appreciated the dogs that were there. Thank you so much for sending him off with a smile!

Cindi Reilly

Thank you for much for the service you provide our troops. You are ALL amazing! My husband just landed in Portsmouth on his way to Bagram Airfield and he was so impressed by the reception the troops received. WOW! I would love a disc of the pictures you took today (March 26th, 2014).

I appreciate the Pease Greeters taking the time to do this for loved ones. What a wonderful service!!! My husband is starting a 1 year assignment as the Commander for the 455th Expeditionary Operations Support Group. I will miss him dearly, as well as our 4 little ones (10, 8, 5, 3 yrs old). We will all love any pictures you take of our patriot!!

Sincerely, MaLaan Shumate

Sent: 3/26/2014 10:05:49 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: 3-25-14 troop letters

 

Hi All, with all the flights we have had, our inventory of Knitted Hats is extremely low, so if you know of anyone who can help the troops, let us know and Thank you very much. Pease Greeters.

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The phone cards are great! I know the men and women here would be happy to get more of them.

Patrick (the Battalion Surgeon) and I have the New Hampshire Snowballs given to us proudly displayed under our kevlar helmets - and I keep the Signature Sweatshirt hung up for everyone to have a reminder of the great Americans who sent us off to war with such a patriotic farewell.

Our mailing address has changed slightly. If you have any well wishes you want to send us, I can reroute them to the soldiers:

Thanks again for everything the Pease Greeters have done!

LT Grahmar Custar

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The Pease Greeters are most welcome. We are so pleased that you do what you do, for not only our son, but all the service men and women that pass through your airport. Our deep appreciation cannot be sufficiently expressed in words or donations. (they sent $100.)

It was nice to see more than the usual number of pictures of Graham that were taken, as he was the Chalk Commander of his flight, the one who was given the signed sweatshirt, March 6th.

We would be honored if you put Graham on your Care Package Program. He is scheduled to be there through the end of this year.

All our best to the Pease Greeters. Please keep up the wonderful work you do for as long as the need to send our men and women into harm's way exists.

Most gratefully,

Gary & Becky Custar
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Please mail a Flight Pictures CD from March 16, and thanks to the Pease Greeters so much for all that the Pease Greeters do to make me and everyone elses' Welcome Back to the U. S. so memorable.

Sincerely,

Rodney Garcia,

Arizona

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I was with the Military group that came through on March 2. Thanks again for the reception. You guys were the best. I am not Military, but embedded Law Enforcement, and was embedded with Squadron 3-89 of the 4-10 Mountain Division in Afghanistan.

Thanks again,

Travis D. Semora

1LT US Army, and I returned home this past Sunday, 9 March 2014. If I could get a CD with the Welcome home pictures and videos, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you for all of your support, not only for me but for all my brothers and sisters in arms.

Very Respectfully and with many thanks,

Carl

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First let me thank the Pease Greeter team for an excellence welcome home 2 March. It was a very pleasant surprise to be greeted in such a grand manner.

I'm sure that each solider and civilian that was in attendance was as overwhelmed and appreciative as I.

If you could please send a copy of the CD of pictures to two addresses. I like to share my experience with my family in New York as well.

David Plowden

Sent: 3/14/2014 2:25:36 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: 3-14-14 Troops Letters.....


Yes Sir/ma'am,

My wife and I would both like to thank you very much for what you do. We are a married couple who redeployed from Kuwait last year and flew through Pease on our way out. I am a Sfc and had soldiers who this was their first deployment and were scared and missed their families. Your group made their going away that much easier to deal with. Again we both would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Our flight was on 10/07/2012, we are Sfc and sgt marmol and just wanted to say thanks again.

[[PASTING TABLES IS NOT SUPPORTED]]

Hi.........I was on this flight coming in on 03-12-14 flight 1 just wanted to say how awesome you guy are for doing this for us and if I could get a copy of the pictures you took and can you please send a copy to my wife Ashley Elias and my new born son at .........thank you again this means a lot.

Evan

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My husband, 1SG Karl Fratzke recently returned from deployment and made a stop in New Hampshire on Friday, March 7, 2014. I would love to receive a CD and maybe there will be a photo of him :)

God bless the Greetersjsc and thank you for the work that you all do for our service members!

Yvette Fratzke

 Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly...=


Sent: 3/8/2014 1:22:38 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: 3-8-14 Troops Letters

 

you guys were amazing. I actually told my buddy before we got off the plane that I missed not going through Bangor.

However I was blown away by the reception and every thing that was put on by the Pease Greeters.

I even saw a photo on the wall from my old unit that left Afghanistan in July of last year and they had lost 5 people on their tour. I immediately got teary eyed and was just blown away by our reception. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I would also really appreciate it if I could get a copy of the cd from you.

Joshua Childs
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I wanted to thank you for the outstanding support you and the Pease Greeters provided to my Marines and Sailors during our stop in New Hampshire on March 4th. Please pass on our thanks and gratitude to the fine Americans in your group.

Thanks again for making our stop in New Hampshire memorable...

Respectfully,
LtCol Mike McCarthy, USMC

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I wanted to thank you for sending the boxes, they are much appreciated.

We are doing fine here as we prepare for the drawdown.

We have about 50 or so soldiers in our section and we are sharing with them.

I have your calendar on my wall and a Colonel came in the other day inquiring about it. He told me a story about a Lindt chocolate factory in New Hampshire from when he was stationed there. Evidently when the chocolate was over 6 months old, they would give it away and he would go pick it up for care packages as you do now. It was a nice story.

We appreciate your efforts very much!

Sincerely,

Jodi Jordan
From Kabul, Afghanistan

This is Captain Gavin from Charlie Company, 2-30 Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, US Army.

I first off would like to personally thank you and your organization for your support and service in New Hampshire. It is truly and honor to received such support for doing what we are called to do.

My flight was on the 4th of March and would like to receive photos to this address:

Thank you again for everything.

Sincerely,

Kent Gavin

I am contacting you in regards to photos from 3-4-14, #2. My name is Jessie Jacavanco, I was there to meet my husband on his layover with my two small children. I can't thank you enough for your time and the time if all the other great folks I met that afternoon, it was truly humbling to see what you do for us and all the troops that go in and out of there.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Sincerely,
The Jacavanco Family, Seabrook, NH

That was the most awesome display of Patriotism, Honor and Respect I have seen in my five years as a contractor!! Thank you all so very much for your Love and consideration of those who serve our country. I wish there was more people like you.

Please send me a CD of the flight pictures 3-2-14, when you have a chance. My family would love to see them!

Respectfully,

Randall Minor

God Bless you and the USA!

Sent: 3/4/2014 7:34:30 A.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: 3-4-14 troops letters

  

Thank you guys so much for the warm greeting 3-3-14. Your hospitality really had a huge effect on our Marines and Sailors! Also thanks for showing me around all the flags and memorabilia:) May God continue to bless  all the volunteers there in NH! Ill keep in touch. Please send a CD of photos to my wife if possible:

Chaplain Andrew Brod

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Good morning. I received two packages from the Pease Greeters containing socks, hand warmers, personal care items, and Valentines. Thank you for putting together the packages and mailing them to me. I shared the items with my co-workers and we really appreciate your continued support. I am here until July and look forward to stopping by and thanking you in person this summer when I visit my family in Massachusetts and Maine. I attached a photo of me with the packages you sent.

CPT Jeffrey M. Emonds

Hello,

My husband was part of the 3/3/2014 flight arrival. We are interested in a copy of the flight CD. I also want to thank you immensely for what you all do !

 

My husband has also joked about wanting an "airport arrival applause in uniform." He was delighted when he finally got it !    I know his battalion and other service members especially respect and admire veterans and their support.

Thank you again !  Danika Kime

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Thank you for a wonderful welcoming for 1st Battalion 7th Marine last night, March 3rd.

It was a memorable moment for our son & family!!
Thank you for all that you do to support our troops!
Sincerely,

Jeffrey Knight
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1st let me say I was overwhelmed when we flew into New Hampshire yesterday. It is a selfless service you all provide and you guys are the real heroes. I hope to return to Hew Hampshire sometime and join you and greeting a flight.

THANKS!!!!!!

Our flight was on March 2, 2014, I am requesting a CD.

Thanks again,  Jim Deering
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I have never seen such a great loving very respectful group of folks in my life, I really enjoyed my very short visit to your airport and will never forget that special moment. Thanks for all of your support and hospitality, I would love to have the CD flight pictures if that is possible, date 2/23/2014.

William Katzenberger

Thank You !!!

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Good Morning !

I would like to see if I could request copies of the photos or videos that you may have from a recent flight 2/23/2014 that my husband was on?

 

 He was very impressed with your organization and extremely thankful for the wonderful meal and greeting that he received there with such a short amount of notice given to you all. He said it was the first time in all of his 21 years that he had seen such a wonderful display of appreciation for his fellow Soldiers and himself.
Thank you so much for all that your organization does!

Very Respectfully, Susanne Steele

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 I hope that this email finds you well. I had a request. I was the aircraft commander that came through your wonderful location on  25 Oct 2013 and am currently in Kabul Afghanistan. I received an amazing signed sweatshirt, which has been hanging on the wall in my room for the last four months, and a number of your wonderful Stars.

 

 I have been telling your story and giving out these stars to meaningful people here, as well as mailing on of the Stars home to each of my ten children and my wife. CPT Emonds, an officer that deployed with me, gave me your contact details in hopes that you might be able to help me. I’ve got a lot of people that I would like to bless with the gift of one of your Stars. I’ve got about 45 days left here in Kabul before I redeploy and would love to get about fifty of your Stars before I go, so I can spread your story and goodwill here in Afghanistan. If that is something that you could assist me with, I would be very grateful.

LTC James Crowley  (NOTE: we shipped him 150 Stars Thursday )

Sent: 2/22/2014 8:52:17 A.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: 2-22-14 Troops Letters

 

 

Just a quick note to say thank you for the two care packages that I received in the mail recently.

What great stuff you included in there!

My buddies and I have really enjoyed all the snacks and personal hygiene items you included. Those two packages were a great surprise to all of us and certainly made our life a little more comfortable and happier here.

Thank you again for those care packages and the photo CD you sent earlier. I sincerely appreciate the support of my unit and my fellow Soldiers.

CPT Mike Malloy
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I would like to thank everyone for the Care Packages for Christmas and also Valentines Day! That really made my day! All of the Soldiers said Thank You so much for all of the goodies and the Calling Cards. We really appreciate all that the Pease Greeters do for US the Soldiers. Sorry it took me so long to respond but I wanted to take the time out to Thank You!.

SFC CARCHEMISH PHELPS

751st CSSB

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I was on CRC flight (25 October 2013) that stopped at your wonderful event on my way to Afghanistan. I would appreciate a disc with photos to treasure - it was the most well-planned, greeting of it's type I've ever experienced (been deployed 6.5 yrs since 9/11).

Sorry I'm writing so late after our stop-over - been extremely busy and laid your card down.

Thank you and your group so much for your kindness and patriotism!

Daniel Lambaria

401st Army Field Support Brigade, Afghanistan

Sent: 2/9/2014 11:03:42 A.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: Fwd: 2-9-14----Letters & Picture of troops with Valentines, 2014, Love our Guys

 

 

 First, I would like to thank the Pease greeters for the awesome hospitality you showed me and my unit on 6 Feb 2014. I have never seen anything like that before and very much appreciated it. The support and patriotism that you guys display is absolutely amazing. Can't wait to pass through Pease again. Can't thank you enough or tell you in words how much it meant to me to see all of your smiling faces after a deployment. Thank you again for everything!

Sean Brooks

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thank you very much for your support and hospitality. It was an honor to have landed Feb 6, in such a great place as yours.

thank you again.

SSgt Daniel Zorn

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Thank you very much for the hero's welcome it was such a nice surprise to have everyone cheering us on I wear the blue wrist band that a wonderful lady game me.

 

 I have the STAR  over my heart and carry it everywhere I go. This deployment is just one of the many events over the last 14 years of war that have taken me away from my 5 girls. I really wish my family had been there to feel the pride and the patriotism you folks showed us.

 

 At times it is hard to do what we do, but that moment that we find ourselves in the presents of people that support our freedoms and actually sacrifice their time the way you good people did in New Hampshire. I seem like what we're doing has a purpose for us to keep on doing what we do. Thanks again and can you please send that CD to my wife and Kids they are the ones that now need to feel Like hero's

Thanks again for your support.
CW2 Jon P. Creager
KFOR18 TF Warhorse

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Wanted to send you a photo of us and the valentine’s day cards that you sent.

I have passed them out to all the folks with whom I work and they are very grateful.

Please pass on our thanks to the school children, girl scouts and others who took time out of their day to work on this project!

You guys are simply amazing!

Gary

LTC Gary J. Davis II

District Chief of Contracting

TAA - Transatlantic Afghanistan District

Camp Pheonix, Afghanistan

 

Sent: 1/7/2014 12:44:33 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: 1-7-14 Troops Letters

 

Update to Valentines, we do not need envelopes, thanks

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Hope this finds you and all of the Pease Geeters doing well. I was sorry to hear of Capt. Ed Johnson's passing. You all have had such a tremendous impact on the lives of thousands of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and DoD Civilians. Please pass along my thanks to everyone and my condolences to Capt. Johnson's family and friends.

We celebrated Christmas and the New Year thanks to the generous gifts you all provided. Thank hand-knit stockings were a huge favorite. They were hung with pride. The cards and letters always bring a piece of home to us.

 You all are such a treasure.

Thank you for everything you do for all of us.

God Bless,

Major JR West

Pease 9-6-13

My address has not changed and will be here until the end of this year. The only phone cards we can use are the Roshan ones. None of the others seem to work because they are AT&T or Sprint. The military has gone local to help out the economy. ATMs now provide you with Afghan money but the vendors still want dollars, it does not make sense because the vendors are mainly from India or Phillipines.

I hope you had a great New Years and here is a picture of me at New Years Eve. Thanks again for all your organization does and continues to do!

MAJ Joseph Lilly

Pease 10-25-13

Thank you and Happy New Year to you and yours. Also, received packages, the Marines loved them and the stockings were a BIG hit. The stuff went quickly, even found some females to give the girly stuff to! They appreciated it as well. Thanks again!!!

 

Ken Feiereisen

Good afternoon,
I would like to thank you and your team for the wonderful welcome home we received. I arrived on 15 Dec 2013 Flight #1 and would like to know the possibility of receiving a copy of the photos.

Thanks again for your support.

Bernice A. Mitchell
MSG, USA

Thank you again for the wonderful reception by you and the Pease Greeters . You demonstrate that which makes America the best Country and the one I am proud to serve. I would appreciate a CD of the reception. I was on the returning flight on Dec 15, 2013, flight #1.
Thank you,
Bill

William "Bill "Kays
Lieutenant Colonel, US Army
Medical Plans and Operations

I am so impressed by what your group does for our servicemen and women. My son was on flight 12-15-#2.

 I just viewed your web page. If possible please send a CD.

 

Thanks so much

Sincerely,

Eugene Schulte

U.S. Army-Vietnam 1970-71

Sent: 1/5/2014 2:38:07 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: 1-5-2014 Valentines and Troops Letters

 

 

Hi ALL, Hope everyone is staying warm.

We have just sent notices to all the schools on the Seacoast that have helped us previously with Valentines for the troops....if any one wants to help, please start making them, your kids, grandkids, great snowy day project... these are from you to them, we only ask that NO GLITTER is used, as it makes a mess in my living room.....LOL.....

last year we did over 5,000, can we all beat 2013 ???

Deadline in my hands by January 24, 2014

Happy & Healthy New Year Greeters

Definitely received the care packages! We received stockings and stocking stuffers. We had all the walls full of stocking, some soldier put names on them, this way it gave them ownership of the stockings. When I came in to work in the morning, they were all gone. The soldier started celebrating Christmas at midnight and I come in at 0500. However, they were kind enough to pin mine on my office door.

The soldiers and leaders here are very grateful for all the you do for them. There moral is up and their minds are not with worries. They know they are appreciated and what they are doing is for the better of mankind, they feel there is a purpose to their job.

Jorge Santiago

Pease 9-30-13

Greeting to the Peasegreeters,

Thank each and everyone of you for taking time out of your daily schedule to stop and meet with us as we stop for short refueling moment. The outbound flight headed Overseas to support America's mission efforts in Theater. The date was 13 December 2013 the flight arrived and you all greeted us the most warmth Welcome I have ever experienced in all of my Military and DOD travel. Words could never express how happy you made me feel and know that I am an American. From the moment we arrived and as we were leaving you all were standing out in the cold and wet night waving Goodbye as wee departed.

Further, I would really love to have a copy of the pictures and the program for that day 13 December 2013. Additionally, You all mentioned that you all would send a care package over to us as well if we provide a mailing address. 401st AFSB

Again thank each and everyone of you all Great American support,

Marvin Hatcher DOD

 

Hellow Jo Anne this is Kenneth Vickers, you send care packages to me and my battle buddies. First off I want to apologize for not messaging you back sooner. I've been busy studying and flying, I have an A part coming up soon. That is to see how well im doing as a crew chief they ask me questions and evaluate me as a crew member, lots of numbers and systems I have to remember its tough. I received most of the packages from the first team site I was at I'm currently at COP Khiliguy there is talk about me going back to the first team site when they rotate people around but not 100% sure yet, I will let you know if that happens.

 

Thank you and everyone involved in the care package process again, Merry Christmas Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year, thank you soooo very much and love from Afghanistan. Don't check Email very often but do have facebook that I check time to time. Thank you again.

Sorry it has been so long, but they do keep us busy as even Christmas day we were hard at work. I would like to say thank you all for everything you have done and sent for us. I know you requested pictures of the Christmas stockings sent, but unfortunately I was not in charge of photo taking that day. However you can see the pictures as well as a video in tribute to you all on our unit's Facebook page, Dec 14. The video turned out really cute. Thank you all!


SGT Delarosa

https://www.facebook.com/pages/1223rd-Engineer-Company/523829447676253?ref=br_tf

Thank  your group for the outstanding welcome and attention that I am my fellow Soldiers received during our visit to NH. I continue to tell everyone that my hope is that when I return from deployment I am given an opportunity to return through NH just to get a chance to thank your group for the numerous prayers and thank you’s.

When you get an opportunity please send me a copy of pictures from flight date 12-13-2013. They can be sent to my wife Carolina

Thank you again,

1LT Brian George

Sent: 12/31/2013 10:10:36 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: 12-31-13----Great Letters & Video

 

 

HAPPY & HEALTHY NEW YEAR EVERYONE, Fred & JoAnne

Happy New Year and thanks for all your support/prayers/goodies/stockings and
all the other ways you've shown appreciation to us during our deployment. We
are getting close to heading home (just a few weeks). Please share our
gratitude with all the Pease Greeters and know we will never forget how
special it was coming through New Hampshire and getting the greeting and
send-off of a lifetime.

Dave Hogue, Flight -- 9 Sept 2013
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 wanted to thank your group provided as I was traveling through to Afghanistan, Dec 13

It was truly a humbling experience for me. I hope to bring my family there one day to participate in a PEASE GREETING ceremony.

Your efforts made a stressful situation seem a little easier.

Thanks again for all you do and have a great Christmas and New Year.

LTC Gary J. Davis II
District Chief of Contracting

 

Sent: 12/22/2013 1:59:36 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: 12-22-13 Troop Letters

 

A soldier's first snowman, he ever built, he hated to leave it at Pease.....LOL !!!

Father & Son together-- David  Hogue---BAF, Afghanistan

Hello there, I came through Pease Airport on November 17, 2013 with
the Tulsa ANG. I would love a copy of the CD if you still have that
available. Please let me know about payment as I would love to see the
pictures. Thanks so much for all you do, it means the world to people just
coming home to have the support from the Pease greeters.

This is so wonderful, I'll be sure to make these pictures available
for the whole wing as soon as possible. Thank you so much for your support
and dedication to the troops coming home. It truly meant the world to me,
and I know others feel the same way. Merry Christmas!


PS:

I'm not deployed anymore, I'm home from Afghanistan. I'm in charge of
writing articles for our newsletter and I'd love to include some of our
welcome home pictures. I'm back home station in Tulsa, so sending it
directly to my home will suffice, thanks.

SrA Jasmine Stone

JR WEST--with our Care Packages

Hello,

I first wanted to thank each of you for what you do for us Soldiers. My return flight home would not have been the same without the warm greeting I received from your group of fine men and women. It was an emotional experience to feel so loved and appreciated after leaving the combat zone. You made us feel comfortable providing food and so many other amenities I can't thank you enough. Many people always thank us for our service but you have made it a personal sacrifice to show us and it means so much. I thank each and everyone of you for all you do!

I returned on the 2-15-13 flight from Afghanistan, if the photos are still available I would love a copy.

 

Thanks again and may God continue to bless each and everyone of you!

SSG Wendalynn Young

U.S. Army - Fort Stewart, Ga

I am the Mother of one of the boys that came in on Dec 15,2013. I would appreciate a disc of this flight.The service you do to be there to greet them is such a blessing.Thanks to all the Pease Greeters.

 Mary Garner

I returned from Afghanistan and came through Pease, NH on 17NOV13 (flight #1). I wanted to say thanks to everyone there for a fantastic welcome home. It was incredible.

I would love to see the pictures that were taken during our arrival.

Thanks very much!
LTC Keith Ramsey

Thank you so much for doing this. You guys are awesome!

-farris ayres---11-17-13 #2

As requested these are photos of the Soldiers enjoying their stockings. They have also been used in the Command Tent for decoration,

Thank you,

Miguel Moran

I can't begin to tell you how amazing our stop Dec 13,  in your town was. The Soldiers are talking about it still and will for many years to come. There is not words that can describe how honored we all felt with your outpouring of love and support.

     Thank you for being there on our departure!

If the CD is ready, I would appreciate a copy.

With my deepest respect,

Capt Lorrie Lanham

I would like a cd of the flight pictures.. My flight date was 12-5-13. Again I would like to thank you all for the warm welcome. It really meant a lot to us.
Sgt Reddick, Karl L. Jr.
US Army National Guard

Good Evening,

My Son, SSgt. Don Baize, landed in New Hampshire, Nov. 1st 2013, and was welcomed by your organization. First of all, Thank you so much!! It brought warmth and lifted the men and women's spirits, reminding them why they are doing what they do everyday and that it doesn't go unnoticed and that their country is thankful! So many people just take for granted their freedoms and forget how we receive them.. I was proud and in tears listening to him tell me about it. Thanks again!
Second, I would like to request a picture cd if you have one. I am willing to pay for it.

(FYI, CD/DVD's Free to Troops and their families)
Keep up the amazing work!!

Sincerely, Rebecca Petersen

Hello how are you thank you for all that you guys do for the soldiers in new Hampshire. I am still thinking about that warm welcome. My flight date was 11/22/13. Thank You!

SFC CARCHEMISH PHELPS,  751st CSSB

LOVE THIS ONE !!!

hi my name is Deborah Chambers andi was told about a cd that i can get with my husband coming in from over seas first i want to say i think what u do for our soldiers is so wonderful and want to thank u so much my husbands name is craig chambers he came in on the 5th of December in new hampshire i really think the peace greet is a awsome thing and again thank u so much  . i would really love one of these cd s pleaseeee and thank u so much and god blees u .ps sorry i don't spell good lol

Thank  every one at Pease.
You made that long trip worthwhile.
Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Gus Rojas
USACE

I am very grateful for the wonderful reception I received from  the Pease Greeters last month. If it is possible to have a CD from Nov 24th I would appreciate it very much. Thank you for all you do for those who serve our country.

Respectfully, LTC Steve Libby

Thank you so much for the reception you and the rest of the greeter put on. I was truly speechless and touched by the kind act. You can send the CD of 10-27, to the following address:

Sincerely,

MAJ Jay Biesenthal

I want to thank you and the residents of New Hampshire for the wonderful welcome on Dec 1st, 2013. After spending some times in Afghanistan, this reception really makes us appreciate our country and why we do what we do. We are truly leaving in the best country in the world.

Thank you again for all the support Pease Greeters provide for the American troops.

Please, send me the pictures that you had so kindly take of us on our arrival to the great American soil.

God bless you all.

Many Regards,Nicolas Raymond

LETTERS:

This is what our guys have to live with, funny but  NOT !!

OK, if you insist, no more blahs!!!!

Wanna hear a crazy story???? A few weeks ago it rained all day long and into the night. At about 3 am in the morning an announcement came over the base loud speakers saying there was flooding at the camp and not to leave our quarters. Since it woke me up I got up and walked to the door to see what they were talking about and my housing was filling up with water! It was crazy. The water rose to just below the box springs. I can't imagine how nasty it would have been had the water got high enough to get the box springs wet. So after about an hour the water found a release point and the water drained from my place. I spent most of the day cleaning and mopping. It was wild. I have a blackberry so after I had gotten everything off of the floor I started emailing my family and my daughter called my wife and asked her if she was reading Dad's email and she said no, why? Daughter says cause Dad's CHU is flooding! Hahah So here's a picture of my feet standing in the water and one of my shoes floating in my CHU.

Take Care, it's almost 8 pm so I'm leaving work now!  Catch you later.

Thanks again for everything!

Lawrence Hoffman, MPM

 
 

The package just arrived for me last night. Thank you so much.

We are going to use the stockings for Christmas decorations.

Send thanks to Brownie Troop 10421 Stratham, NH as well. We loved the goody bags. The same goes for Wings & Hooves goody bags too. Thank you all so much.

I have included a picture as well. I even got a couple of compliments from a couple of other soldiers. It really helps to lift my spirit and make it feel a bit more like Christmas. The pictures where great.

Thank you all so much for all you do for all of us so far away from home.

Your deployed friend,

Carl Seim,

came thru Pease 2009 & deployed again

We just received the CD that you sent to our son Paul Wiles. He returned from Afghanistan a week ago and landed there at Pease AFB. At the moment he is in New Jersey with his family, but will be here in OK with us for Christmas. We could not wait, so we asked permission to open and view the disk! We loved the happy look on the faces of our soldiers and of those of the greeters in every picture! You all are just awesome people to be doing this for our returning troops. Paul told us about the warm reception that he and the other soldiers were given by your group, and also mentioned the wonderful breakfast and other treats you bestowed upon them all. How thoughtful of you all to take the time to do this for our soldiers.

We are a military family so have had to face deployments numerous times in our marriage, and now with both of our sons being in the military, we are going through it again. We can just be thankful that our boys have returned home safely and count our blessings every single day. We also count our blessings for you, the Pease Greeters, for really making their homecoming special!!

 I too am a cat lover, and have one of my very own plus two dogs. I am a board member and volunteer at our Enid SPCA so am hard at work every day trying to find homes for some of our homeless animals in this area. Our daughter is a vet, and she has 8 cats!!! I find that a bit horrifying, but thankfully I don’t have to live with her!! HA! She is the best, don’t get me wrong, but eight cats seems a bit obsessive.

I am going to send a small donation to your organization thru  Paypal, and I hope that it will come in handy. Keep up the good work and thank you again for being such a wonderful organization!!

Cathy Wiles

Thank you for the Christmas  stockings and stuffers! All arrived the other day. We
are moving and so will distribute them to the staff in the next week or two.
Also our staff is reduced a bit, so we forwarded a large portion of the
Christmas stockings to some of the front line units including the MEDEVAC crew from NH
that is in the vicinity. So thank you for all the care and attention. I
hope you had a great Thanksgiving and that your Christmas will be just as
great! Merry Christmas to you and all your volunteers!
All the best,  Joe O'Brien, from Maine

CDR Joseph O'Brien, MC, USN
Wing Surgeon
2d Marine Aircraft Wing (FWD)
Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan
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The 912th Dental Co Area Support - Bagram, Afghanistan would like to thank you for the Christmas package.

Have a wonderful Christmas. Your efforts are truly appreciated!

Group photo attached.

Regards.

MAJ Jaskolski

Sent: 12/1/2013 1:00:51 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: 12/1/13 Pictures of troops with Christmas Stockings Greeters sent overs...

 

Got the Christmas stockings and goodies to put in them today. Will start stuffing them and getting them out to the troops the next couple of days. thank You so much. Will also spread the word about photos with stockings and writing back to the 5th graders who listed their addresses or e-mail on the thank you notes. finding out that our deployment is being cut a little bit short. Short enough that if you were to send us anything else starting now, there is a chance that we may leave here before it arrives. Not sure if we are stopping at your location on the way back home but will keep you posted.

Robert  Warman

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The troops were very excited to receive the Christmas stockings. Please give a heart felt thanks to those who made this possible for them. Again, from my family (850th TC CO) to yours, we really appreciate the support that we get from you guys. It instills in us the knowledge that someone cares about what we are doing.

Gladys Weeks

Sent: 11/30/2013 1:40:38 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: 11-30-13 troops letters

 

 

Please pass along to all the Pease Greeters a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving. I hope each and everyone one of you have a joyful Thanksgiving knowing you are doing some wonderful things for all soldiers who cross your doorstep. For many of us, the kindness you show by doing what you do, reminds us that we are not forgotten throughout the year.

I wanted to say thank you for the CD. It came in the mail yesterday and I will start going through the pictures tonight. I plan on sharing them with those I deployed with and maybe they will send them home to their families as well. I know I can't wait to send some home to my wife and my granddaughter.

I think we are going to serve lunch/dinner in the dining facility this Thanksgiving and if we do, I will get pictures and send some to you.

Peace, Chuck

Charles (Chuck) Martin
MAJ AR
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I and my fellow soldiers thank you for your thoughtful and kind words as well as support via care packages ect. Every bit of support given to us really does did much to improve our spirits. Trust me it did much to warm our hearts.

We are currently back into a civilized part of the world and will be shortly redeploying back to the US. I wanted to make sure I notified you so your and the Pease Greeter's focus can shift to help other soldiers in need.

Your organization is wonder and did much to help us out. Thank you very much again for everything.

Respectfully, SPC Arnold, Patrick E., 1-63 AR, 1st Infantry Division

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Good Evening,

We received a large amount of care packages from the Pease Greeters and dispersed the stocking stuffers among the Marines and Sailors. Thank you very much, I will send pictures in the next couple days. My iPad was acting up but I think I got it figured out. We really appreciate the cards and stocking stuffers. I will also go around and take pictures of some of the decorations we have been putting up in the work centers. Happy Holidays!

V/R,
Sgt Paul, Jason D.
Tool Control Program Coordinator
Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 225
"Vicotry or Valhalla!"
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First of all I just wanted to take a minute to thank you all for what you do, it was truly heart warming and incredibly touching to be greeted by so many friendly and dedicated people, it is something I will truly remember for the rest of my life. The dedication and compassion of every single one of you was simply amazing.

Currently it is looking like 9 months if it doesn't get cut short, our mission changed when we got here so there is a good possibility of going home early since it doesn't appear that we are actually needed. In the meantime I am just going to take it day by day and hope the time passes quickly :) we came thru 11-22-13.

Thank you all and God Bless,

Corporal Anthony Routh

United States Army

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My name is specialist Seth Michael Adams, I am serving in Afghanistan right now under the 133rd engineer battalion out of the Maine Army national guard. I received the Christmas care package and am so thankful, the kids letters really touched my heart. If you could pass along my thanks, that would be great. Thank you for your support, people like you make me happy to put my life on the line for our country. God Bless


Sent: 11/19/2013 6:58:38 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: 11-19-13 Troop Letters

 

wonderful welcome at Pease Terminal 11-15-13. It was truly a wonderful experience! I'm heading to Afghanistan for about 14 months. I hope I get to pass back through to see the Peace Greeter team once again on the way home. Best/Joel

 

Sent: 11/10/2013 3:24:56 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: 11-10-13 Notice & letters

 

    Greeters,  

 

 Per Airport Management, Please do not bring  Old CELL PHONES into the terminal, they can be left in my car/truck listed below or Mysteree's Dark Blue PT Cruiser in Handicap Parking, Vet plate is "TROOPS" 

 

Please leave all Donations, Hats, and Blue fields of Flags ( only from 3 X 5 flags or smaller), we can't take bigger, in my Car/ Truck......

 

Burgundy Isuzu with wooden roof racks, or White Pontiac Grand Am, both have Vet plates, starting with V27......

we are usually parked in the row right behind the handicap parking spaces, and car/truck is open.


As always, these items can be left at any of our Drop Off Locations, or at my home.

 

SMG Newspaper Bldg. at Pease

Service Credit Union at Pease

Hampton Police Station

Greenland Police Station

Concord Fire Dept, Broadway Station

Geno's Chowder & Sandwich Shop, Prescott Park

2 Son's Automotive, Rt 236, Kittery, Maine

Commonwealth Financial Network, Exeter

 

Thank you all for your understanding

Good Morning ,

Early happy Veteran day.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for the tremendous sacrifices you and all veterans have made to defend our freedom, this freedom that we all too often take for granted.

Veterans like you made it possible for me and all other people who came to the US seeking freedom. No amount of appreciation will be sufficient enough to thank and honor our veterans.

I cannot vocalize how proud I am being a citizen of a nation that is founded on the principle of freedom, justice, and liberty for all. Veterans served every day to protect our country and its ideals.

Again happy Veteran day.

BTW, we received 2 Halloween Care packages…Thank you very much.

Bolos Gerges, MD

Human Terrain System (HTS)

 

I just finished unpacking and wanted to send you a quick email with my info for a copy of the pictures you folks were kind enough to take. My name is MAJ Virginia Vardon-Smith, the date of the flight was 10-27-13 . Thank you again for the most wonderful welcome home. As medical professionals, that is the only welcome home we get, and it was the best!

Respectfully,

Virginia Vardon-Smith
MAJ, USA
Army Nurse Corps

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Thank you the kind welcome you gave my son Billy on November 1st in the pm. He was on his way to Qatar. He called to tell us how wonderful he and his fellow soldiers were treated by the Peace Greeters. May the good Lord continue to bless you and your families.
Gratefully, Kathleen and Victor Ramirez

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I want to say thank you for the hospitality you and the rest of the
Pease Greeters showed us during our deployment layover in New Hampshire.
That was the first time I ever had anyway greet me on my way overseas.
I have had many welcomes on the return trip, but never before on the
departure flight. I can't tell you how much that meant to me and
several others on our flight.

I would like to get a copy of the Picture CD sent to me in Afghanistan
if you don't mind. The flight date was 10-25-13. I plan on sharing the
pictures with the rest of the people in my detachment and then send some
home to my wife.

Again, thank you for all that you do in taking care of soldiers. I have
often heard it said that we, the soldiers, are the heroes for what we
do, but I want to say that you are the real heroes for what you do for
us. It means a great deal to know that there are folks out there that
care as much as you do!!

Thanks and God Bless,  Charles (Chuck) Martin, MAJOR
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On 9/15/13 my Marine son passed through New Hampshire en route to the US Embassy in Sana'a, Yemen. He has a 6 months assignment there. Just today I received my first letter from him (dated 10/8!) and your card was included.

While my son didn't give any instructions, from the card, I gather you might have pictures of the group while they were there.

I am assuming you were part of the "welcome committee" that greeted the guys when they landed.

That was so kind of you to extend such a warm welcome! My son called briefly (someone handed him a cell phone and said "Call your mother!" - I am so glad I answered the phone! A unfamiliar New Hampshire phone number at in the middle of the night was very unusual!!) to let me know that all was well. And that the fine folks there had really "rolled out the red carpet".. the food was great and just the huge effort so late at night was so appreciated.

From the mother of one of the Marines - Thank you. My son loved seeing the Veterans & their families who had shown up to lend their support.

I'd love to get any picture you may have. Please let me know if I can cover the cost.

Again, thank you for supporting our Troops.

Corporal Michael J. Morrow's Mom, Lora

Lora Morrow

Sent: 11/8/2013 3:58:53 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: Santa's Sleigh Leaving 11-14-13

 

Hi All, we have finished packing 2,828 Red, White & Blue Christmas Stockings and 4,319 Gift Bags, and hundreds of cards.

We will be touching many, many soldiers this Christmas.  The PO is sending a truck on the 14th. There are over 80 cartons in the pictures below.... 

 

Thanks to all the Greeters, Companies, Scouts, troop families, individuals and  those who have Never been to a flight, who helped with this project.

Words can't express how much this is going to mean to the troops, in Iraq, Kosovo, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and in South Korea.

 

A special thanks to all Santa's Elves who helped sort and pack over the last 4 weeks.  


Sent: 11/6/2013 11:12:24 A.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: 11-6-13 Troops Letters

 

 

First of all Thans to you and your husband and all the Peacegreeters for the ceremony at the New Hampshire airport 11-1-13. Iv'e never seen anything like it anywhere and I have been in the military since 1977. Can you send a CD of all the pictures and I will show my wife and family what only you all did. Thanks Again for supporting the troops ,it means alot to us.

Please pray for Israel, Peace in Jerusalem, and all troops amd myself please mention my name to the LORD going through JESUS CHRIST (Carlan Penney)so his Angels wil watch over me.271 Nesbitt Rd. I am going to send you a very emotional news article L think you will enjoy it. Thanks Again and GOD BLESS YOU

November 05, 2013 2:00 AM

Oct. 31 — To the Editor Portsmouth Herald:

My son and his wife just returned from deployments in Afghanistan. My daughter-in-law's plane refueled in Portsmouth. She sent an e-mail out noting how wonderful the warm welcome from a group of Portsmouth residents was. She noted that so many people have forgotten about our deployed military, and it made her so happy to be welcomed back to the United States in this way. Since her family members did not even know the exact schedule, and we do not live near them here in the United States, I just want to say, "Thank you so much," to those who took the time to welcome them back.

Normajean Graybill

Pittsburgh, Pa.

Daughter In Law's Letter below, Major Graybill

We arrived in Kuwait and hung around from about 2am on Saturday morning until 1am on Sunday morning when the next flight took off. We intermittently dozed off, checked email and stood in several lines while in Kuwait.

The next plane was civilian and much more comfortable. It played movies for our entertainment and had food. This was a big upgrade from our prior travel. We flew to a small German airport and the flight crew changed over. Then we flew to New Hampshire to re-fuel. There is a group of people in New Hampshire that is aware of these frequent military lay overs in there area. Out of the goodness of their hearts, they come to the airport to welcome us back to the US. It was an overwhelming experience with 462 people showing up that day to welcome us home. Some brought their kids and dogs along for fun. They set up phones for us to call home, gave us food, took pictures, gave us words of encouragement and gratitude.

Over all, they made us feel really appreciated and I am very grateful to them for this warm welcome home. Some of them were military veterans themselves. I talked with an 89 year old WWII veteran who brought along his French bulldog. He has been coming to greet the returning troops every week since 2005. I still feel overwhelmed by love these people show to the returning troops. The contrast from feeling isolated from the US and like most of the US population forgets there is every a war still going on in Afghanistan to getting hugs and words of encouragement from appreciative civilians and veterans that don't have to be there was truly heart warming for all of us.

Sent: 11/5/2013 1:01:24 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: 11-5-13 letters

 

 

Hi Greeters, Please leave all Donations, Hats, and blue fields of Flags only from 3 X 5 flags or smaller, we can't take bigger, in my Car/ Truck......Burgundy Isuzu with wooden roof racks, or white Pontiac Grand Am, both have Vet plates, starting with V27......we are  usually parked in the row right behind the handicap parking spaces, and car/truck is open.

thank you all for your understanding

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This is CPL. Brown, Michael J requesting to see pictures from flight date 11-3-13. Thank you for doing all that you do and giving back to the soldiers. It means the world to us.

I thank you for the CD as well as the warm welcome back on American soil during our flight from overseas 8-22-13. I am forever grateful and would like to stay in touch as often as possible. It does my heart good to know that there are Americans who value and honor what we do and continue to do for our families, friends and country. God bless you all and I wish you much continued success.

SGT Grayson

Dear  Pease Greeters,

On be half of Charlie 3-43 11th ADA. I would like to thank you so much for your kind hospitality. Words cannot begin to describe how grateful we all are of you kind acts and kinds words of encouragement. The hardest thing I have had to do so far in this life is leaving my wife and two boys standing at a airport gate knowing that it will be a year before I get to see them again. I have the blessing of another boy on the way. That is my up most motivation to fight to defend the freedoms of our great nation.

 

In passing through your kind and humble airport I gained a number two reason to defend this nation and its one I've had all along but has really been made more abundant and clear in my forward thinking and that's on of the last thing the ladies and gentlemen of your organization did. You rendered me the most meaningful salute I have ever been honored to receive and spoke the words " from the old to the new we salute you" not sure if that's exact but that hit home. I will fight to my last breath for this great nation because of the legacy all of you have laid before me. You come from the greatest generations this nation has ever seen and I love and respect each and every one of you as if you were my own family.

 

 Since joining the U.S. Army I have had a lot of "thank you" sent my way but none meant more to me then those received by your organization. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart from my family to your family. You truly made the transition a much easier then going it alone. Our battery motto is Second to None You guys are defiantly Second to None.

Sincerely:PFC  Christopher T. Benner (C 3-43 "Second to None" 11th BDE ADA)
Second to None, and Send the Legion

Greetings ,

Once again, I would like to personally thank you and the Pease Greeters for the heartfelt welcome you all gave myself and the other members of the 28th CSH on 27Oct2013. We arrived about 1100 that Sunday from Afghanistan via Germany on the Freedom Flight from Kuwait.

Your organization is truly a blessing. May God continue to bless you all and the thousands of lives you all have touched!

Sincerely, Natacha Miller, MAJ, US Army=

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Thank you so much for the reception and send-off that your organization gave my group of Soldiers and civilians on October 25 as we were on our way to Afghanistan. It was an honor to meet so many of the volunteers and veterans who paved the way for us to continue to serve this great country. I have been through a welcome before, but nothing as remarkable as the reception the pease greeters gave us. Thank you again and I hope to have the opportunity to fly through your location again after my tour is complete.

Cpt Todd Williams

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I just received the CD of pictures that you took of us in New Hampshire and I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the warm welcome at the airport. It truly means a lot to myself and my fellow soldiers to receive such a welcome on our way to Afghanistan. People like yourselves and groups like the Pease Greeters stand as an ongoing reminder of why I'm proud to serve our great nation. Thanks again!

Respectfully,

SPC Anthony Wilson

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Thank you so much for being apart of the welcome crew that greeted our return flight on 27 Oct from Afghanistan. The greeting that we received was one of the more memorable events of our tour and words cannot express the gratitude that I feel for the warm and heartfelt welcome that we received. It as amazing.

Could you please send a CD of the photos that were taken that day to the following address?

 

Major Matt Aboudara

This is SSG Galindo, Andres requesting that free CD from our flight that stopped at the Pease Airport on 11-1-13. My mailing address is as stated below. Thank you so much for allowing us to spend a wonderful time before we were sent forward. Words cannot describe the welcoming feeling that we received on that day. I hope to pass by there again on our redeployment date. Once again thank you for those wonderful minutes that we were able to experience.

ANDRES GALINDO

 

That's a lot of pictures to take. :)

I appreciate your sharing about the program. What wonderful work you do. Our daughter has provided the plastic bags for our old cell phones in the past, so now we know where they go! :)

Our daughter's name is Angel Overgaard. 10-25-13 I will be happy to make a copy of the CD for her husband. I am hoping the picture of her boarding the plane turned out well. I would like to make a 5x7 for him for Christmas. I would send it now, but I think it might be a bit hard yet. :(

Thank you again for being there for our soldiers. What a wonderful send-off, and since we were not able to be there, it meant even more to know there were caring people all around before they left. Our daughter served In South Korea a few years ago, but this is entirely different!

Bless you for your service!

Jack and Lynda Overgaard.

Sent: 11/3/2013 10:23:17 A.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: 11-3-13 One Star Gen.& Dabi enjoying our Pumkin,Cards & goodies



Sent: 11/2/2013 4:21:54 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: 11-2-13 Troop Letters

 

Good day,

I want to thank you for the kind reception that you all provided for us upon redeployment,

Sunday, Oct 27.

Tracie McMillian.

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For what you did for us and all who came before, thank you from the bottom of my heart. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!

God Bless.

Terry M. Dees, 10-25-13


Thanks for a wonderful night, 11-1-13 the PG's were awesome.

Thanks

Lt Col ArthurTroncoso

______________________________________________________________________________________________________ The CD with the photos arrived yesterday. Thank you so much. I found several photos of Stephanie, including a cute one of her on her phone. I've emailed several of the photos to her, her husband, and other relatives. Thanks, also, for the star. I'll put if on my bulletin board while Stephanie is in Afghanistan. Pease Greeters thoughtfulness for our troops, is very much appreciated.

Catherine Quirk


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I want to thank you so much for your wonderful greeting at your airport
on 10/25/2013. I just do not know how to describe how proud that made me
feel. Thank you. I am writing to you to request a CD of flight pictures
for 10/25/2013. Also, if possible to request a care package. I do not
want to seem forward by requesting a care package but now that I'm here
I can see the importance. It is just so amazing what all of you do time
and time again. I cannot imagine the hours that all of you have spent
sharing yourselves with troops when you could be at home living your
lives. You are all a special group of people and I hope that heaven will
have a very special spot for each of you. God bless and thank you.

Sincerely,

Shawn Hueth

Ma'am I'm am a currently deployed Soldier and just received a care package from Pease Greeters. I just wanted to shoot you a quick note to say thank you. The war has been going on for some time now, this is my 12th trip over here, and to know that there are still folks like you taking time out of your busy day to put something together for us, means more than you'll ever know. The words "thank you" do not convey how I truly feel. I pray God blesses you and yours.

Sincerely,
CW4 Bobby Remington
Special Mission Wing Embedded Training Team
Kabul Afghanistan
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First i like to thank you all for your love and support. The worm hospitality and smiled faces gave me a great sense of pride for our country. My name is Sgt Koko, one of the soldiers who were in the Freedom flight that arrived to New Hampshire from Kuwait on 10/27/2013. Would you send me a CD copy of the pictures you took on that day.

Tawfiq Koko

Thank you again for supporting the troops.

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My name is SGT Lahlou Smail, and I was redeployed from Afghanistan on Oct 27 2013. We had a stop in Portsmouth, New Hapshire, on our way to Fort Bliss, Texas.

First of all, I wanted to thank you so much for all your great support to us, we appreciate it very much.

The reception was wonderful and so nice.

I would like to request a cd of the reception ceremony, and my mailing address is:

Smail Lahlou

Lynnfield, MA

Thank You So Much for Your Support and God Bless You All.

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Thank you very much for taking the time and sending me a CD of my visit to New Hampshire. It was a true treat to meet such nice people that care for soldiers. I can honestly say that I have never been filled with so much emotion, almost on the verge of crying, when walking down the hallway greeting everyone. Thank you for everything you do. I will pass along the pictures to the other members of my group who are also at my camp.

You have certainly made a difference.

Sincerely,

SGT Sean Fitzgerald
Pease 9-30-13

IT IS SUCH AN HONOR THAT YOUR BESTOWED UPON OR DAUGHTER WHO JUST RETURNED FROM AFGANISTAN LAST NIGHT THE 28TH,SHE STILL HAS NOT STOPPED TALKING ABOUT HOW YOUR PATRIOTISM AFFECTED HER HOMECOMING,SO WITH THAT LET ME THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR CARING "ALL AMERICAN" CONCERN FOR OUR RETURNING HOME TROOPS,MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND AMERICA AS A WHOLE, OH YES,,,,,,,,,,,,,,MY DONATION WILL SOON BE ON THE WAY AS I SPREAD THE NEWS ABOUT YOU ALL ! :o
DON & LINDA BELEW

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Just wanted to say thank you to you and all of those who have been sending us packages! It really is a very nice thought and we enjoy all the cards and goodies. I hang all the cards up in our office for all to see and plan to leave them for the group that will later on take over for us. Again thank you for all you guys do for us! Have a wonderful day!

Sgt. Juli De Larosa


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Sent: 10/28/2013 3:50:08 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: 10-28-13 troop letters

 

 

Thanks for the wonderful homecoming!  10-27-13 I posted a video at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CLAuCpywv0&feature=youtu.be

Regards,
CW4 Randall Schlensig

 

 

Thank you again for your support and all of your efforts to give the Services a first-class greeting.

-Matt  thru Pease 7-25-13

Matt "TUBBS" Fryer, Capt, USAF
28 Bomb Squadron, DOT

 

I would like to Thank you and the Pease Greeters for all you do for our Troops. My Son passed thru on 9/18/2013 and was in awe at the support you showed them. This is his first deployment.

God Bless you all and thank you for serving our sons/daughters/husbands of the Marine family of 3/7 Cutting Edge.

Thank You,

Cathy Norum, Fairbanks, AK 99709

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I thank you in advance for the free flight cd for Freedom Flight dated 9-1-13

I also would like to take this time to thank you for your participation and support as a Freedom Flight greeter.

The coming home reception made the deployment worth the sacrifice and duty.

Vr,

Warren E. Street, Sr.

I'm the guy That took the big Stuff Pinguin. I would like to say thank you one more time. I will not forget the time I experience this afternoon. It is amazing the job you guys are doing, and men o men it feels good to be home. I am currently station in Germany and we can not get a welcome ceremony or nothing identifying us as military since the murder of the 2 US Airman on March 2, 2011. But honestly I don't need it, I had mine in New Hampsire. I send you my address and the date of arrival for the CD. Thanks again to all of you and keep up this work of excellence. My respect...

 SGT Rosario, Lorenzo

 Arrival Date: 27-Oct-2013

 

HOOAH….

__________________________________________________________________________________________________I 10-25-13 Reception, I can't thank you and your organization enough for all that you do for the service members. Thanks again!


Roberto Rodriguez
LOGCAP

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I will be writing an appropriate thank you note soon, but wanted to let you know that I received the wonderful "Pease Greeters" care package. What a treat. I am sharing all of the goodies and have the artwork posted in the office. It sure brightens things up. Our Brigadier General also let me take a picture of him with the art and goodies. As soon as I can download on my personal computer I will send it.
Darbi Dillion


Sent: 10/26/2013 8:02:31 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: 10-26-13 Troops Letters


Hi,

Just wanted to say that the unit got the box of goodies today with all the cards, pictures, and projects that the students made for us. thank You so much for the items. I have included a picture of me and some of the fellas. I am on the far right. Things are going ok here. the first month was very slow but time has started to go by quicker as we have been busier. The weather has been cooling down as well which has been a blessing. It is now in the 80s and feels really nice out during the day. Gyms are in good shape where we can all stay fit and we are eating pretty well here which is a blessing. Timeline is up in the air as far as returning home but we are only a few months into the deployment so we are prepared to stay for a while if that ends up being the case. Hope everyone is doing really well back in the states. We are able to get most the football games over here even though they are on during the early morning but they are good for some awesome rivalries between all of the different teams fans over here.

Thanks again on behalf of all of us here

Bob Warman , Wardog




Just letting you know that I received the first care package. the troops are looking forward to receiving some as well. Please let everyone know how much we appreciate the warm thoughts that are enclosed with the treats.


Gladys Weeks




I want to express our deepest appreciation for the package the Pease Greeters sent. The soldiers loved it and emptied it in a matter of minutes but not until I grabbed the tea… lol. The soldiers are posting the cards and decorations. Thank you for making this day a special day and making the soldiers feel appreciated. I am also in the process of burning DVDs for the soldiers which they are all excited about. Thanks for all you do! , You are all in our prayers

Jorge

Very Respectfully,

JORGE SANTIAGO JR, CW3, AV, TF Gray Eagle



Sent: 10/18/2013 2:02:41 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: 10-18-13---Troops letters and amazing Pictures


 

We received the Care Package that you sent to us. Please let everyone there know that we received it and that we appreciate the gifts, cards and letters very much. More importantly, we appreciate all the support that you provide by keeping all of our troops in your thoughts and prayers.

I am deployed to the country of Kuwait. My team is a joint organization, meaning that we have people from all four military branches working together on one team. We work together to solve major transportation issues for moving people, supplies, and equipment into, through, and out of this part of the world.

Thanks again for the package and for supporting the troops! Take care and God Bless!

Most respectfully,

CHRIS ESOLDO, Major, USAF

Air Transportation Operations


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I recently got both your care packages you sent me from Pease Greeters.

What a great organization!  You may not recall but I and a small group of
Soldier came through Pease in August and I was very moved at what you did
for us.  This is my second deployment and I can tell you I got no fanfare
whatsoever coming home.  What you did for us on our way into the middle east
more than made up for that.  I can't tell you enough how much it means to me
to know there are good citizens such as you and all the volunteers in your
organization that think about us over here and genuinely care. 

 

 Because you took the time for us, I felt I should take a little in return to write, say
thanks, and tell you my story.  My name is Dan, I've been in the Army for a
little more than 30 years now.  While I've spent some time early in my
career on active duty, in Germany - during the cold war, right before the
Berlin wall came down, I've spent most of my time in the Florida Army
National Guard.  I am a full-time Soldier, unlike most in the Guard who only
come to weekend drills and one two-week annual training period each year.
If you are not familiar with the Guard, these are who we call Citizen
Soldiers.  They are your average citizens in the community, they have jobs
as mail carries, waitresses, firefighters, bankers, etc, etc.  They are moms
and dads.  They are volunteers, too.  Then, when they are called upon, they
put on their uniforms when called upon by the State Governor in times of
natural disasters or when called upon by the President to serve overseas.

 


I'm a Colonel now and nearing the end of my military career.  I'm a
Personnel Officer which means I take care of our Soldiers' administrative
needs.  I like to think of myself as a "Chairborne Ranger".  But it's a
great job and I love doing it.  I just got to Afghanistan about a month and
a half ago.  I am the Personnel Officer for the National Guard Affairs Team
on Bagram Air Field. 
I've attached a few photos for you.  196 is a photo of
our office.  I've got to visit plenty of real heroes in the short time I've
been here.  The one I will remember the most is of a military working dog
who got the Purple Heart.  See the attached photo.  He rushed into a room,
attacked a bad guy and was shot.  I'm told he saved the lives of four
Soldiers.  He's doing fine now.  Truly, man's best friend. Picture 223 is a
picture of me and my travel buddy, just after an eight mile walk around the
air base for physical training.  My office co-workers asked me to take this
stuffed camel with me to Afghanistan.  They named her Cammy the Camel.
Anytime I go someplace interesting, I take her with me.  And I've been
plenty of interesting places already.  Picture 2513 is a photo of Cammy and
me in front of an A-10 jet, one of the only jets in the Air Force that are
still allowed to be painted with nose art.  Scary!  Photo 331 is Cammy and
me sitting in an AH-64 Apache Gunship.  These are amazing helicopters.
Photo 199 is of me and a Soldier that was assigned as my "Guardian Angel" as
I visited with a National Guard Unit that was operating an Entry Control
Point or ECP at Bagram, very dangerous duty. 

 

  Finally, photos 217 and 219 are of a visit I made to an Egyptian Hospital on Bagram.  It has a
humanitarian mission to provide medical care to the local Afghan population,
mostly women and children.  We visited them and handed out among other
things, Girl Scout Cookies!  They loved them.  You would be surprised at
just how much Afghan children are like our kids.  Kids are kids the world
over.  They just have to get by with a little less.  So it was quite fun
brightening their day.  Since they make regular trips over to the hospital
each week, I'll probably go again.  Well, that's it for now.  Feel free to
e-mail and let me know how you are doing.  It would be great to hear from
you.  Thanks for what you do.  Take care.

Dan Mahnke                 

 

Sent: 10/6/2013 9:26:14 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: 10-6-13 Troops Letters

 

 

Hello again and thanks for the greeting at the airport last month. We came in last month on 27 Sep at night. On your card there is a #2 at the bottom. We'll my small group made it to Bagram Afghanistan. It took a while but managed to get the internet going in the room.

There isn't much of a season change there but it's happening here. Its down in the 50's at night. Still blazing hot during the day. We sure did appreciate the pizza, doughnuts and ice cream. And the hot coffee! I like's my coffee. Managed to get one of you coffee cups that has the National Guard Logo and use it every day.

Thanks for every thing again!! Hope to see you on our way back !!
Sgt John Mickens




Hope this finds all of you doing great. We had such a great time with all of you at Pease Airport. Getting to welcome the young troops was so rewarding to us.
If we may order a copy of the flight pictures taken on 9-20-13 Flight #635, that would be great too. Many thanks for all you do for the troops.


We just did a Bob Hope golf outing to help the USO here in Cleveland, Ohio. The USO's help the young troops to eat, rest and be on their way. A home away from home. We also support the wounded warriors at Camp Lejeune, N.C. We will not forget our time spent in N.H. and Maine. Such beautiful country and so much history for all of us. Have a beautiful fall. We enjoyed the trees while traveling in your beautiful state. Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful).

Haywood G. Riley




I recently returned to the U.S. on September 29, 2013 and was greeted by the Pease Greeters. I would like to thank all of you for the kindness you showed to me and my Soldiers.

The work that you all do on a daily basis deserves more recognition than I can give but I wanted you to know that your greeting meant more than words to me. I hope to return to New Hampshire to visit when time permits to enjoy more of the beautiful weather you have. If possible, please send me a CD with pictures so that I can share them with the rest of my unit and our families.

Jonathan Shoffner
Texas




Once again, thank you for all that you do!


First of all, thank you very much for everything you do for all U.S. Service Members. I was lucky and fortunate enough to stop by at New Hampshire and warmly welcomed by the Pease Greeters. It was very heart touching moment for everyone. I believe it was once in life time moment for all of us and I am certain that we will never forget what you and your organization have done. As for myself, I would like to thank you for reminding me why I wear this uniform.

Through your warm welcome and support, I can honestly justify the sacrifice my family is making. If it's not too much of a trouble, I would like to get a hold of the pictures taken at the airport so I can share the story of your wonderful organization with my friends and family. Our group arrived at Portsmouth, NH on 20 Sep 13 around 1500.

Again, thank you very much for all your support.

We are here because of you!

Very Respectfully

Eric Y. Kim

CPT, LG

BETSS-C LNO





I apologize for taking so long to send this email. I received the CD that you sent for my husband, Bryan Bonanno. I absolutely loved the photos and I was so happy to see how special your group made those men and women feel on their way to their deployments. You are all making a huge difference in their lives, as well as their the lives of their families. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!

Many blessings,

Rie Bonanno

Thank you so much for all of the care packages you guys have been sending me!! I owe you a thank you note that is long overdue. Things have been busy and only busier recently as I just found out that I am leaving Kosovo to go back to Fort Bragg in a couple of weeks. For that reason, can you please remove me from the mailing list for care packages?

The good news, for me, is that I am returning early so that I can deploy to Afghanistan in January. This is something that I actually wanted because I have not had the opportunity to deploy to Iraq or Afghanistan and I want to do my part!

Thank you so much for your packages to us and Soldiers everywhere. They really help morale. It's nice to know that people back home are willing to go out of their way to let us know they care!

Sean Sullivan Kumar





Thank you for your wonderful photos of the Vikings on their lay over. Pease Greeters are so wonderful.

Thelma T. Kroop




I don't think thank you is even enough to say for the amazing pictures, love and support you showed our marines of vmfa(aw) 225.. My daughters watched those pictures over and over looking for daddy. The pictures allowed us to feel some happiness that there are amazing people who love and support our troops.. My husband is still talking about all the hugs and handshakes he got. Thank you for making them feel welcome and for showing your support what you do is priceless.

God bless

Makendra Shipman





Our sincerest gratitude for giving our Marines a hero's welcome when they were passing through. I received the photos and video today and have since uploaded it all to our secure squadron website to share with all of our spouses, parents, families, and friends. It was a very welcome morale boost for everyone to see pictures of their Marines. We are truly grateful for wonderful supporters such as yourselves and everyone else who helped make their time there as comfortable and welcoming as possible. Please share our gratitude with all of the supporters. In my 5 years serving as the Family Readiness Officer for this squadron we have never seen anything like this and it was absolutely heartwarming. We just wanted to let you know how appreciative we are for your time and support of our hero's.

Best regards and Semper Fidelis,

Stephanie Early
Family Readiness Officer
Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 225





I had the best time at the welcome reception the Pease Greeters had for our flight coming back from Afghanistan after a 1 year tour.

I would love to have a CD of the photos 9-29 !

1LT Beth Moronese

We received the Picture CD today. Awesome! We really appreciate the photos and the memories. Your support is quite unique and to all of us here... it is priceless.

v/r
Major Dave Hogue
Flight - 9 Sept 2013



Sent: 10/2/2013 7:37:35 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: 10-2 troops letters

 

I just wanted to give you an update on how my crew is doing. We have
completed a tough 5 months and still have about 2 more to go. I feel as if
we have touched many lives along the way. Whether it was from the medical
care we give or just basic encouragement. One of the big things that has
helped are those stars you sent us. As we flew with crews that helped us or
just saw people doing good work, we would give them the star. We had Velcro
added to them that way people can wear them on their uniforms and remember
what we here defending. It gives everyone a sense of pride. We really
appreciate you for sending them and we flew with them. I hope all is well
with you.
Attached is a picture of my crew showing our stars!!!!

Thanks,
Captain JoAnna Cooley
455 EAES




My son and part of his battalion recently passed through New Hampshire on their way to Afghanistan and was met by the Pease Greeters. Their flight was from March AFB and arrived early in the morning on September 18, 2013. I understand that there are lots of pictures and even some video from their passage through New Hampshire. I would love to buy a complete set of the pictures/videos that are available.

My son is 1st Lt. Chris Black, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines out of 29 Palms California.

In addition to being a proud parent, I'm also the Parent Advisor to the Battalion and so I would like to be able to share the pictures and videos with the other parents of the 3/7 Marines. Thank you again for everything that you and the rest of the Pease Greeters did to make our Marines feel so special and so welcomed as they passed through on their way to Afghanistan.

Thank you again for everything. It really warms my heart as a parent to know that our Marines were treated with such care and such respect.

All the best,

Harry S. Davis, New York City  



Thank you for supporting our soldiers and I am very excited to see the pics and share them with everyone. I don't know if my husband told you, but I'm one of the FRG leaders for our families and will be more than happy to assist or coordinate any support for our soldiers. I thought you'd also like to know they are still traveling but when they arrive safe at their destination I will share that with you. Thank you again for your kindness it is very appreciated!!


Deana Simpson

Capt Tom Simpson's wife  9-30-13




It was great meeting at the airport in NH and thanks for all of the wonderful you did. Also, pass on my thanks to everyone in your group. We made it to our destinations safely and we busy doing our jobs. Please forward me a copy of the flight CD on 09-13-13.
MSG Mohamed Omar




Hello. I received the cd today and I wanted to thank you for sending it. I barely get to see my big brother so anything I get makes me very happy. He is all I have and is very special to me. Thank you so much. All your time and effort is very much appreciated. God bless and take care.

Samantha Chantelle, CA




Greetings from the Middle East. I would love to receive a CD from you. And I must express my complete amazement as to the bang-up job your fantastic group of greeters do. Everyone on my flight was so very appreciative of the time and effort you spent on us, and I for one will never forget your kindness. You are, indeed, the reason we serve!

Semper Fi!

SCOTT F. KATHERMAN
CPT, JA
ASG-QA Deputy Command Judge Advocate




Hello. I was hoping to get copies of the photos you took Monday Sept. 30. I also want to thank you for being there for my son as well as for all the other soldiers. I have never been to a ceremony like I saw.

 

Wow! All of the greeters did a fantastic job on letting these soldiers know they are appreciated. I was proud of not just my son but of all of you.

Thank you. I look forward to seeing the photos.

Ellen (Lawson) Murphy