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CARE PACKAGES for our Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, 2006
patriciaruth ^ | 1-21-06 | patriciaruth

Posted on 01/21/2006 3:06:06 PM PST by patriciaruth

Welcome to the 2006 thread of the Merry Band of Patriots!

Our grassroots, volunteer group of troop supporters has been sending care packages to servicemen and women in war zones since the summer of 2001 when we began by sending VHS movies and Snickers candy bars to the 101st Airborne and then later the 10th Mountain at Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo.

This last year we sent a couple hundred care packages to troops at Baghdad, Kirkuk, Mosul and Tal Afar in Iraq, at Bagram in Afghanistan, at Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo and to our wounded at Landstuhl Regional Hospital in Germany.

Our specialty in the past has been movies, books, snacks, holiday decorations and some appliances like DVD players and Playstations, and we have sent hundreds of movies to various bases.

This last year we had 6 main projects in addition to the usual care packages:

1. We sent over 80 state-of-the-art Petzl headlamps to our adopted company of Stryker Brigade Combat Team at Mosul and 35 to an MI unit at Kirkuk. This was probably the most appreciated item we've ever sent, thanks to a project that got off the ground due to the work of Spanaway Lori, HannaUSA , and Oatka and 3/4th of which was funded by my optometrist.

2. There was the Personal Care items "Emergency" Airlift to Bagram air base in June and July. (mathluv, nina0113, Coop, JustAmy, airborne, iceskater, Tunehead54, jtill participated.)

3. The 4th of July Party Decorations and Snacks blowout for all our adopted units. (pictures at posts 357, 358, 368 of our 2005 thread)

4. Operation Popcorn in August and September for the Engineers at Baghdad (iceskater, mathluv, SENClander, Coop, Abigail Adams, Ros42, Ican'tbelieve it, jtill and ebay's mshoponline sent over 600 bags of microwave popcorn, while omegatoo's were lost in the shuffle of her evacuating New Orleans prior to the Katrina flooding)

5. The End of Summer Luau for psyops at Baghdad in September and October (MJY1288 mailed off the party things we bought at eBay and Amazon with contributions from fanfan, kattracks, jtill, Just mythoughts, Ros42, Pig Rigger, MJY1288 and Kitty Mittens. Pictures at post 809 of the 2005 thread)

6. Halloween candy and movies for the Troops (kattracks, SENClander, Ican'tbelieveit, Abigail Adams mailed boxes in addition to the ones I sent with donations)

7. The Amazing Christmas and New Years Deluge, when it rained packages at all our adopted bases, especially at Tal Afar.
Special mentions go to Teams captains: mathluv (Engineers Baghdad), Ros42 (psyops Baghdad), CAluvdubya (Tal Afar), Abigail Adams (Stryker at Mosul), VeniVidiVici (MI at Kirkuk), nina0113 (Bagram, Afghanistan). Fairy Godmother Dept. (kattracks), Christmas Trees and Christmas Cards R Us (daybreakcoming), Shipping Dept (MJY1288), DVD Recording Dept (MJY1288), Webhosting and Photoshopping Dept (New Perspective), Daddy Warbucks Dept (my optometrist).

Among the many care packages sent by our troop supporters are these projects.
Boxes of school supplies for Iraqi children were sent by mathluv, Ican'tbelieveit, and my mother to Operation Crayon in Kirkuk.
Some members (CAluvdubya, angelsonmyside, 4integrity, ebay's susiemck) helped fill requests for Western Movies from an MI unit at Kirkuk (now home, movies still there) and Clint Eastwood and Adam Sandler movies from Fox Battery at Kirkuk (now home, movies still there).
bjcintennesse made many dozens of cooling neck scarves and sent them to pysops and Engineers at Baghdad.
DAVEY CROCKETT mailed boxesful of car magazines to a couple units.
A copy of the hardback book about the first year of the Revolutionary War (1776 by David McCullough) was sent to most of our units by DrDeb, iceskater, SwatTeam, and Just a Cowgirl.
Ros42 and mscht adopted a unit at Camp Ramadi for Christmas. (picture at 1195 of the 2005 thread).
CheneyChick and daybreakcoming saw to it that some care packages went to a remnant of our troops still in Kosovo.
Daybreakcoming's sister helped the staffers of the Louisiana legislature send about 8 boxes with around 32 bags of Christmas candy to Tal Afar.

Our many generous donors of checks, cash, money orders, Paypal, shopping cards, phone cards, etc are listed in the Accounting posts in our 2005 thread which can be linked from the post below.

We were surprised and emotional when we received back from our adopted units some of the items pictured below, and a big thank you to jkphoto for taking the pictures and webhosting them.


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To: patriciaruth

I got a note from our contact at Liberty who said they inventory the DVDs, mark them, and then have a sign out sheet for viewing them. I don't know how close they are to the other FOBs, but I bet those DVDs get around!


1,701 posted on 01/24/2007 3:53:27 AM PST by SENClander
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To: patriciaruth

Patty-
I'll help adopt them. I'm done with EMT training so my schedule is a little better now.

FReepmail me with any details.


1,702 posted on 01/24/2007 6:33:36 AM PST by iceskater (One person's mess is another person's filing system.)
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To: SENClander

FOB Falcon and FOB Liberty are 8 miles apart (a long way if the road has IED's).

I don't know how far they are from FOB Stryker.


1,703 posted on 01/24/2007 4:09:43 PM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: iceskater

Details FReeped on NPTT at FOB Falcon.

NOW, I want details on how your EMT training went and if you are applying for jobs now, etc., etc... ???

:-)


1,704 posted on 01/24/2007 4:36:33 PM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: patriciaruth

The EMT training went pretty well. It took an extra month because we had a change of instructors in the middle. There were a few times when I thought about quitting but I stuck it out.

I went into the state test thinking the written test will be a breeze but the practicals would be more challenging (i.e. trauma assessment, load and go, in 10 minutes). Fortunately, I had a really good partner and we worked pretty well together. The practicals were a breeze. The written test was a bear. I think my strategy worked - any time one of the choices involved protecting the airway, that's the one I picked. Any time one of the choices involved protecting the responder or his crew, I picked that one. I got a 91 out of 100. The highest score was 95 so I'm pretty happy.

I will be volunteering at one of the rescue squads in my area. I've looked at 3 of them. I just need to decide. Given the nature of ice skating, I am about the only one at the rink in the mornings (when I skate) who knows what to do. In fact, the day after my test, one girl took a really bad spill. I was doing DCAP-BTLS and assessing her without even thinking about it! They trained me well.


1,705 posted on 01/25/2007 6:47:54 AM PST by iceskater (One person's mess is another person's filing system.)
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To: iceskater

That's so righteous! You've made yourself an asset to any community you are in now.

Glad you skated through the tests!

Keep us posted, please.

I haven't heard from the MSG at the new NPTT unit yet. Let me know if you do. Have you emailed him?


1,706 posted on 01/26/2007 12:50:35 AM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: Abigail Adams; AIC; airborne; AirForceBrat23; Alamo-Girl; ALOHA RONNIE; angelsonmyside; AnnaZ; ...

Iceskater is going to take the lead on adopting the second NPTT unit in Baghdad. Our first one is at FOB Liberty. This one is at FOB Falcon.

Mailed January 26, 2007, to our adopted Stryker company at Baghdad
1 box, insured $65.78, postage $10.40
1 TV series boxed set:
24, Season 1 (Keifer Sutherland)
3 DVD movies:
The Untouchables (Sean Connery, Kevin Costner)
We Were Soldiers (Mel Gibson)
Predator (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura)
1 box 12 bags Act II microwave popcorn (Butter Lover’s)
1 box 10 envelops Swiss Miss hot chocolate mix with marshmallows (in 2 ziplock bags)
8 packets of chicken soup flavoring (in a ziplock bag)
2 Tic Tacs peppermint
4 magazines:
Sports Illustrated, Dec 13 and Jan 22
Reader’s Digest, January 2007
West magazine, boxing article and vacation in Kurdistan article

Mailed January 25, 2007, to NPTT unit at FOB Falcon
1 box, insured $75.23, postage $10.40
4 DVD movies:
Flight 93
Hotel Ruwanda (Don Cheadle)
The Mummy (Brendan Frasier)
Unbreakable (Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson)
1 book:
1776 (David McCullough
1 page a day (paper airplanes) calendar
1 package Rocher chocolate nut balls
1 can Frito jalapeno cheddar cheese dip
3 magazines:
Reader’s Digest, January, 2007
Sports Illustrated, Year in Sports
Sports Illustrated, Jan 8
Newspaper sections:
2 local newspapers about our local freeze disaster and relief efforts
1 L.A. Times Sports page, January 23
2 newsletters:
Imprimis: Freedom and Non-Freedom, the view from Russia
Imprimis: Saddam’s Iraq and Islamic Terror, what we know now (Stephen Hayes)
1 old DVD recording by MJY1288: Rush Limbaugh's Jan, 2006, MP3 files.


1,707 posted on 01/26/2007 7:40:50 PM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: patriciaruth

I sent a box off to the NPTT unit at FOB Liberty on February 1. Contents:

2 bags of potato sticks
11 pairs of socks
1 hanging air freshener
2 boxes of Band-Aids
2 packs of 6 each Gillete razors
2 packs of cartridge refills for razors
1 moustache care kit*
1 foot care kit including Gold Bond foot powder, Gold Bond foot cream, toenail clippers, corn, callous, and bunion pads
2 DVD's -- "Marine" and "The Guardian"

*They sent a picture and I noticed a couple had moustaches.


1,708 posted on 02/04/2007 9:53:50 AM PST by SENClander
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To: patriciaruth

I've heard from our contact at the second unit.
I had asked what they wanted or needed and he said "anything you send will be fine. I don't want to ask".

So, I'll be sending a package this week. A Valentine theme probably. I've had good luck with packages getting there pretty quickly. It might be a little late for Valentines but it will be close. Then I should be able to get on a regular schedule sending them packages.


He mentioned trading videos with the other unit. Maybe you can freepmail suggested videos so I don't duplicate too much?


1,709 posted on 02/05/2007 7:23:53 AM PST by iceskater (One person's mess is another person's filing system.)
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To: patriciaruth

I sent another box off to FOB Liberty today. Contents:

8 bags of salted peanuts in the shell (special request)
2 boxes of large pretzels
3 bags of Chex mix
3 boxes of Cheez-its
2 boxes of Keebler chocolate chip cookies


1,710 posted on 02/05/2007 12:53:50 PM PST by SENClander
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To: SENClander; New Perspective

Cool fun stuff in your care package, SENClander!

I seem to be over the flu now. Had fever and felt AWFUL for several days last week. Probably would have been worse if I hadn't had a flu shot last October.

Just starting to get back on track. New Perspective was down with flu, too, so he hasn't gotten me the pictures yet to start the new 2007 thread, not that I could have done anything with them as I could barely crawl around and feed my Mom.

Hoping he and I are well enough to get the job done this weekend.

Cheers!


1,711 posted on 02/06/2007 11:59:52 PM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: iceskater; Enterprise

Here's the Masterlist of what we've already sent to NPTT at Liberty. They are going to trade back and forth with NPTT at FOB Falcon, so we can get different things for NPTT at Falcon.

Iceskater, would you mind getting Season 1 of the TV Series comedy Scrubs for Falcon? SW6906 is sending them some of the recent episodes and they would probably enjoy them more if they had the first season or two to ground them in the characters and events.

Enterprise is maybe going to get them some movies, too, so you two should let each other know what you're getting "if practicable."

I just got Gettysburg, and will be sending it to them, and may be throwing in Deep Impact (somehow this disaster movie is striking a chord with me lately..."hope survives".) We'll also be sending the book Radical Son by David Horowitz.

MASTERLIST of DVD’s etc for NPTT unit at BAGHDAD

TV series:
24, Season 4**
24, Season 5**
CSI Miami, season 1
CSI, Miami, Season 2
CSI, Miami, Season 4*
CSI, NY, Season 1
Stargate SG-1, seasons 4 and 5
Stargate SG-1, Seasons 1, 2, 3 (sent by Camp Ramadi)
24 -- first four episodes of Season 6*

DVD Movies:
Black Dahlia *
World Trade Center (Nicolas Cage) *
Miami Vice *
Invincible*
Thank You for Smoking *
Patton (George C. Scott) *
Lonesome Dove *

DC 9/11 – Time of Crisis (Timothy Bottoms, Penny Johnson)
Dumb and Dumber (Jim Carey)
Galaxy Quest (Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub)
Himself/Bill Cosby ***
The Fifth Element (Bruce Willis)
Flight 93
Flight 93***
Last of the Mohicans (Daniel Day-Lewis, Russell Means)
The Last Samurai (Tom Cruise)
Lawrence of Arabia (Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif, Alec Guiness) ***
Lethal Weapon 4*
The Man from Snowy River (Tom Burlinson)
Mask ***
Son of Mask ***
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Payback (Mel Gibson) ***
Plainsong (a Hallmark movie) ***
Quick and the Dead (Sam Elliott, Kate Capshaw)
Star Wars Trilogy boxed set (Episodes IV, V, VI, and bonus disc)
Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars, Episode II: The Attack of the Clones
Star Wars, Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith
Striking Distance/Bruce Willis ***
The Terminal (Tom Hanks) ***
Tombstone (Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott)
Troy (Brad Pitt, Peter O’Toole)
Unbreakable (Bruce Willis)
The Untouchables (Kevin Costner, Sean Connery) ***
Walking Tall (The Rock) ***
Walk The Line (Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Wetherspoon) ***
What About Bob? (Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfus) ***
Weekend at Bernies ***
We Were Soldiers (Mel Gibson) *

*sent by SENClander
**sent by Yaelle
***sent by daybreakcoming

Books:
1776 by David McCullough
Assassins by Ollie North***



1,712 posted on 02/07/2007 12:09:57 AM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: iceskater; jtill

I just ordered Smallville, Seasons 1-4, from Amazon Marketplace, to be sent from Massachusetts to iceskater so she can mail them on to NPTT at FOB Falcon. Will need to insure for 125.42.

If your mailman or someone wants you to sign for them when they arrive, don't sign till you open the box and verify the all four seasons are there and that they are new and American releases (no chinese characters on the box) as advertised.

If not, sign with a note indicating in what way that they are not as promised.

I'll get Season 5 and send on later separately.

Cheers!
Patty


1,713 posted on 02/07/2007 12:45:02 AM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: patriciaruth

I didn't know you were sick, Patty. I thought you were just busy with your mom. Glad to hear you're better and hope you stay healthy -- and your mom, too.


1,714 posted on 02/07/2007 5:02:15 AM PST by SENClander
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To: patriciaruth
Ordered and soon to be enroute as of today:

Eight Legged Freaks [Widescreen]
Used DVD - Price: $3.98

Chronicles of Riddick [Full Screen]
Used DVD - Price: $5.98

Aeon Flux [Full Screen] [Special Collector's Edition]
Used DVD - Price: $9.48

Chronicles of Riddick: Pitch Black [Full Screen]
Used DVD - Price: $5.48

Underworld [Widescreen]
Used DVD - Price: $6.48

Total Bought: $31.40
Credit Applied: ($0.00)
Shipping and Handling: $7.94
Total: $39.34

1,715 posted on 02/08/2007 8:22:51 AM PST by Enterprise (Drop pork bombs on the Islamofascist wankers. Praise the Lord and pass the hammunition.)
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To: Enterprise
Confirmation that the order is enroute.

"We wanted to let you know that the following has been shipped from our Chicago warehouse and is on its way."

1,716 posted on 02/08/2007 1:57:50 PM PST by Enterprise (Drop pork bombs on the Islamofascist wankers. Praise the Lord and pass the hammunition.)
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To: Enterprise

I see you are sending the police training unit some light hearted fare.

I may have to send them some Shirley Temple movies just to balance those out. ;-)


1,717 posted on 02/09/2007 12:20:59 PM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: patriciaruth
Well, sometimes the police have a warped view of life. But now that I think about it, should I have sent some popcorn to go with the movies?
1,718 posted on 02/09/2007 12:23:19 PM PST by Enterprise (Drop pork bombs on the Islamofascist wankers. Praise the Lord and pass the hammunition.)
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To: Enterprise

Give me popcorn and I can watch anything.

Give me nachos and cheese and jalapenas and I can enjoy watching anything.


1,719 posted on 02/09/2007 12:26:07 PM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: SENClander
I need to do my part and I haven't.

Can you folks give me an address and a list of things to send along with the list of what not to send? (I'm sure there's one already around to which you can point me.)

Thanks

1,720 posted on 02/09/2007 12:31:49 PM PST by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: patriciaruth

Well, ok then. Five boxes of butter lovers popcorn have been ordered and should be enroute shortly to go with the movies. Each box containes 24 popcorn bags, for a total of 120 bags.


1,721 posted on 02/09/2007 12:58:52 PM PST by Enterprise (Drop pork bombs on the Islamofascist wankers. Praise the Lord and pass the hammunition.)
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To: patriciaruth

Sorry to hear you had the flu, Patty, and I'm glad you are on the mend!

I have been sick for the last 4 weeks with two really bad colds, the worst I've ever had. I am still making my way through the backside of the second one.

I did get a nice Christmas card and then later a letter from our contact at Ramadi. I haven't felt well enough to write back to him yet.

God bless our troops!


1,722 posted on 02/10/2007 9:18:25 AM PST by Abigail Adams
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To: Abigail Adams

APO for Ramadi is no longer good.

You can email him. I'll give you the email in FReepmail in case you don't have it.

We're all crawling around lately. Makes me think maybe I should send a care package of OTC cold, cough and allergy meds to Baghdad.

Get as much rest as you can.

Cheers!


1,723 posted on 02/10/2007 8:03:19 PM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: All

Here's praying that President Bush has finally found his General Grant.

Petreaus addresses Coalition, Iraqi partners
Saturday, 10 February 2007
To the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Civilians of Multi-National Force-Iraq:

We serve in Iraq at a critical time. The war here will soon enter its fifth year. A decisive moment approaches. Shoulder-to-shoulder with our Iraqi comrades, we will conduct a pivotal campaign to improve security for the Iraqi people. The stakes could not be higher.

Our task is crucial. Security is essential for Iraq to build its future. Only with security can the Iraqi government come to grips with the tough issues it confronts and develop the capacity to serve its citizens. The hopes of the Iraqi people and the coalition countries are with us.

The enemies of Iraq will shrink at no act, however barbaric. They will do all that they can to shake the confidence of the people and to convince the world that this effort is doomed. We must not underestimate them.

Together with our Iraqi partners, we must defeat those who oppose the new Iraq. We cannot allow mass murderers to hold the initiative. We must strike them relentlessly. We and our Iraqi partners must set the terms of the struggle, not our enemies. And together we must prevail.

The way ahead will not be easy. There will be difficult times in the months to come. But hard is not hopeless, and we must remain steadfast in our effort to help improve security for the Iraqi people. I am confident that each of you will fight with skill and courage, and that you will remain loyal to your comrades-in-arms and to the values our nations hold so dear.

In the end, Iraqis will decide the outcome of this struggle. Our task is to help them gain the time they need to save their country. To do that, many of us will live and fight alongside them. Together, we will face down the terrorists, insurgents, and criminals who slaughter the innocent. Success will require discipline, fortitude, and initiative - qualities that you have in abundance.

I appreciate your sacrifices and those of your families. Now, more than ever, your commitment to service and your skill can make the difference between victory and defeat in a very tough mission.

It is an honor to soldier again with the members of the Multi-National Force - Iraq. I know that wherever you serve in this undertaking you will give your all. In turn, I pledge my commitment to our mission and every effort to achieve success as we help the Iraqis chart a course to a brighter future.

Godspeed to each of you and to our Iraqi comrades in this crucial endeavor.

DAVID H. PETRAEUS
General, United States Army
Commanding


1,724 posted on 02/10/2007 11:04:02 PM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: patriciaruth; Jim Robinson
Hi Patty:

"I received something in the mail that brings a little lump in the throat and makes the eyes blink a little. As you recall, I sent some items to Afghanistan in December. Today I received this:

OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM 06-08 AFGHANISTAN

This Certificate of Appreciation is presented to

(Enterprise)

of ____________ in recognition of his outstanding support for the soldiers deployed with the Psychological Operations Task Force - Afghanistan, Combined Joing Task Force - 76, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan."

It was signed by the Command Sergeant Major and the Commander of the 12th PSYOP Battalion.

God bless our troops, God bless them all.

1,725 posted on 02/14/2007 10:34:50 AM PST by Enterprise (Drop pork bombs on the Islamofascist wankers. Praise the Lord and pass the hammunition.)
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To: patriciaruth

hello, so is it absolutely forbidden to send tobacco? my brother is in bagdad and i was going to ship out a care package.... i am also in the military so it will be going from military postal to military postal...
Please let me know


1,726 posted on 02/14/2007 9:06:10 PM PST by sdc881858
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To: sdc881858

tobacco products can't be sent by groups. I have heard of people sending them, but I don't know if most of it or only some of it is confiscated before arriving. The only thing we sent military to military was TV series DVD sets being swapped.

Restrictions when sending by USPS priority mail from the States are listed around posts 30, 31, and 49.

Say a big hello to your brother and God bless and keep you both.

Let me know if you or your brother needs anything.

Cheers!
Patty


1,727 posted on 02/15/2007 1:20:41 AM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: Abigail Adams; AIC; airborne; AirForceBrat23; Alamo-Girl; ALOHA RONNIE; angelsonmyside; AnnaZ; ...

Due to flu, I've been delayed in posting the 2007 thread.

Our contact at Bagram, Afghanistan is on her way home now. Her husband remains for another month or two.

Enterprise and iceskater have been sending boxes to the NPTT unit at FOB Falcon in Baghdad. Iceskater sent Smallville, Seasons 1-4 that jtill financed. Enterprise sent some dark action movies, so I got some comedies. He also sent a boatload of popcorn.

General Petraeus' speech on assuming command in Iraq is at post 1724.

Mailed February 17, 2007, to NPTT at FOB Falcon in Baghdad, 2 boxes
Box 1, insured $98.35, postage $10.40
7 DVD movies:
Click (Adam Sandler)
Deep Impact (Tea Leoni, Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood) --not a comedy
Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark (Harrison Ford)
Indiana Jones Temple of Doom (Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw)
Indiana Jones The Last Crusade (Harrison Ford, Sean Connery)
There’s Something about Mary (Carmen Diaz, Ben Stiller)
Wedding Crashers uncorked (Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn)
1 music CD: Daughtry (Chris Daughtry)
2 bags 28 oz. tropical trail mix
2 newspapers:
Washington Times weekly Feb 5
L.A. Times front page section Feb 13
3 Tic Tac
2 packs 12 Orbit spearmint sugarless gum

Box 2, insured $85.09, postage $10.40
1 TV series boxed set DVD’s:
Smallville, Season 5 (Tom Welling, Kristin Kreuk)
3 DVD movies:
Airplane! (Leslie Neilson, Lloyd Bridges)
Dodgeball (Vince Vaughn)
Shanghai Knights (Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson)
1 book: Radical Son (David Horowitz)
2 bags 28 oz tropical trail mix
6 packs 12 Orbit spearmint sugarless gum
3 magazines:
Sports Illustrated, Feb 19 (Year of Freshmen, NASCAR preview)
Weekly Standard, Feb 12 (on Barack Obama, Fall of a Writer, Rise of a Pol)
Reader’s Digest, March 2007


1,728 posted on 02/17/2007 11:33:30 PM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: SW6906

I sent my Radical Son to NPTT at FOB Falcon. Please send yours when you are finished to FOB Stryker at Baghdad. It took me a couple weeks to read it, so I don't expect yours to go out for a while.

We got Smallville sent to FOB Falcon, and my next assignment is to get them the Scrubs series.

Cheers!


1,729 posted on 02/17/2007 11:44:51 PM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: patriciaruth

BUMP


1,730 posted on 02/18/2007 5:10:42 AM PST by Dante3
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To: patriciaruth

I have some (2 or 3 boxes) personal-type stuff I need to send. I have not been involved for awhile (for personal and health reasons), and feel the need to get back in to show our troops we are not like the dims.


1,731 posted on 02/18/2007 5:19:14 AM PST by mathluv (Never Forget!)
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To: All; patriciaruth

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NEVER FORGET




..BRUCE CRANDALL = Medal of Honor..

http://www.ArmchairGeneral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=48215




NEVER FORGET

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1,732 posted on 02/18/2007 6:15:12 AM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: patriciaruth

Hi Patty,
I'm sorry you've been ill. Hope you're feeling better now.
I can send 2 seasons of Scrubs. Freepmail me and let me know to whom and which 2 seasons and I will order them today.
take care


1,733 posted on 02/18/2007 9:44:20 AM PST by SwatTeam
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To: patriciaruth
My class is putting together goodie bags for a soldier in Iraq and his buddies.

Do you know if it is permittable to send silly sting???

1,734 posted on 02/18/2007 9:52:40 AM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear.. on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: Diva Betsy Ross

How about foot care products

Found a site online just by yahooing / googling
"free gifts for soldiers" which offers foot care products ( 2 for 1 ) and one that adds the option of making a donation to any silly string to save soldiers lives effort

If you have not heard about the silly string and how it is saving lives -- it explained on the site


1,735 posted on 02/18/2007 10:00:47 AM PST by saveasoldier
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To: mware
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sending these out for Easter.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

1,736 posted on 02/18/2007 10:26:13 AM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear.. on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: patriciaruth

I've got a new contact for Bagram - I emailed the old one & asked. I'll send it to you Tuesday.


1,737 posted on 02/18/2007 5:29:34 PM PST by nina0113
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To: nina0113; Abigail Adams

Dear Nina,

Abigail was just asking about replacement units. I'm especially happy because I just bought a color printer and set it up and fussed around getting the pictures the right size for the proposed memorial plaque for Bagram.

They are very nice pictures and when they finally printed out, I wept. Other people will weep when they see these beautiful souls lost to this earth due to their sacrifices for our country and for Afghanistan.

The proposed plaque has been cleared by the families and now goes to the funeral home for proposed treatments and estimates on cost. Hopefully it won't be too many weeks more before it is finally rendered in metal.

Having to move Mom in here really set the timetable back, but it is finally coming together.


1,738 posted on 02/20/2007 12:53:46 AM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: mathluv

nina0133 has a new APO for Bagram. They can always used personal type stuff.


1,739 posted on 02/20/2007 12:55:42 AM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: SwatTeam; SW6906

Oh, Great!!

Our second NPTT unit, the one at FOB Falcon is the one that I want to send the Scrubs series, too.

Please let SW6906 know when you mail the first two seasons. I will be getting seasons 3 and 4 at the end of the month. And he can then start sending the new episodes to them.

FREEPmail of the APO coming....


1,740 posted on 02/20/2007 12:59:02 AM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: mware

Wonderful goodies for Easter! Where is it going?


1,741 posted on 02/20/2007 1:10:01 AM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: patriciaruth

I tried FReepmail, but it did not recognize the name.


1,742 posted on 02/20/2007 3:16:02 AM PST by mathluv (Never Forget!)
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To: patriciaruth
My students and I are sending them to JemiansTerror, and his platoon, he is a FReepers, one of his parents is also a FReeper (Jemian).

He is stationed in Iraq. I am also sending some DVD, I've had one request so far Second Season of The Unit. I'll check out Best Buy, they may have it in their store.

1,743 posted on 02/20/2007 3:18:24 AM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear.. on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: patriciaruth

Do you know what the rules are on silly string. I read the rules posted on #31, but didn't see that mentioned.


1,744 posted on 02/20/2007 3:20:16 AM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear.. on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: patriciaruth

Here are the contents of four boxes sent to NPTT at FOB Liberty. Some of the things were special requests. Did anyone see Geraldo last Sunday night? He was at Camp Liberty but I don't know if any of "our" troops were on screen.

Box #1 (flat rate)
12 tubes of toothpaste
3 packs(3 each)hanging air fresheners
4 bars of Zest soap

Box #2 (flat rate)
14 bars of Zest soap
2 packs(3 each)hanging air fresheners
3 packs of AA lithium batteries
14 toothbrushes
4 DVD's
"Jarhead"
"Enemy of the State"
"The Departed"
"Flags of Our Fathers"

Box #3
4 DVD's
"The Great Raid"
"True Lies"
"Goldfinger"
"Alfred Hitchcock" boxed set:
The Ring
The Manxman Murder
The Skin Game
Rich and Strange
2 boxes(60 each)Crystal Light On-the-Go

Box #4
4 boxes(10 each)instant oatmeal variety packs
4 boxes(12 each)assorted granola bars
1 box(10 each)instant cream of wheat
1 box(12 each)instant grits
2 boxes Girl Scout shortbread cookies
2 boxes(8 each)cereal bars
2 boxes(6 each)trail mix bars
15 energy bars

I'll get ready for the Easter mailing next.


1,745 posted on 02/20/2007 11:55:30 AM PST by SENClander
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To: SENClander

You certainly are treating Juan's brother's unit mighty well!


1,746 posted on 02/20/2007 8:51:56 PM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: mware

The problem with silly string is that it is in an aerosol can as far as I know. We have to send our packages PRIORITY by USPS, which means they have to be cleared to go on an airplane.

And the local post office here is nervous about aerosols. They'd let me get away with a few travel shaving cream aerosols in the past, but now I send the gel.

I'd check with your local post office about what they will accept, as they are the ones who okay the boxes.


1,747 posted on 02/20/2007 8:55:57 PM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: mware

My Stryker soldier doesn't like The Unit. I think it's the Desperate Housewives part of the show that puts him off, but some of the soldiers find the Delta Force part a bit too much, as they know that many of the missions aren't possible without native help, etc.


1,748 posted on 02/20/2007 8:59:08 PM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: Abigail Adams; AIC; airborne; AirForceBrat23; Alamo-Girl; ALOHA RONNIE; angelsonmyside; AnnaZ; ...

Our contact at Ramadi was in Kuwait going home via Germany last I heard. Prayers for safe travel for our great communicator.

Nina0113 has new contact for Bagram.

Scroll up to see what SENClander sent to NPTT at Camp Liberty.

Mailed February 20, 2007, to Stryker at FOB Stryker in Baghdad, 4 boxes
Box 1, value $11.50, postage $8.10
36 bags microwave Act II Butter and Butter Lovers popcorn
13 Nutrigrain blueberry granola bars

Box 2, value $26.73, Postage $8.10
36 bags microwave popcorn
11 Nutrigrain blueberry granola bars
1 DVD movies: Wedding Crashers uncorked (Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn)
13 plastic orange bracelet favors for little girls

Box 3, value $25.20, postage $8.10
24 bags microwave popcorn
24 trail size Colgate toothpaste (donated by my dentist)
12 orange plastic bracelet favors for little girls

Box 4, insured $50.39, postage $10.40
DVD movie: Groundhog Day (Bill Murray, Andie McDowell)
Music CD: Daughtry (Chris Daughtry)
23 Magazines:
4 Army-Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb
7 Weekly Standard-Dec 4, 11, 18, 25; Jan 22, 30; Feb 5
4 Sports Illustrated-Swimsuit Issue, Jan 24, Feb 5, Feb 12
1 National Geographic – on Saturn
1 Decision-December on revival in Canada
5 Washington Times Weekly-Dec 17, 25; Jan 1, 22, 29
1 First Freedom (NRA)-January 2007
9 Newspapers:
2 local newspapers-one on trial of local terrorist, one on Giuliani visit to AG show in the area
2 AUSA-December, January
20 Sections of L.A. Times: Sports page-Feb 15, 16, 17, 18; Front page-Feb 14, 15, 16, 17, 18; Business-Feb 15, 16, 17, 18; Comics-Feb 15, 17, 18; Calendar (entertainment)-Feb 13, 14, 15;
Book Review-Feb 18;
1 Calendar 2007 GWB


1,749 posted on 02/20/2007 9:02:44 PM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: patriciaruth

thanks, i'll give them a call today.


1,750 posted on 02/21/2007 3:06:30 AM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear.. on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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