Letter to Citizens of Holmdel Township, New Jersey
Incredible letter written by one of our adopted unit's Commander (Alpha Company, 1ST Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division) sent to their adopted city with their photos in Iraq.
To: Citizens of Holmdel Township, New Jersey
From: Alpha Company, 1ST Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division
That is not possible. What is possible is to put a smile on their faces, if only for a few moments. You know how excited you get when you open up your gifts on Christmas morning and find Play Stations, bicycles or that gift that youbve been waiting for all year. The same excitement is displayed here in Iraq when these children open up a box of crayons or a soccer ball. Even my Paratroopers are rewarded by playing Santa Claus for a few moments. In my opinion, it is critical to our safety to turn the area that is in close proximity friendly by gaining the trust of the local population.
Always know that you are all the reason we do what we do; please accept this letter and pictures of our company as our token of appreciation for all that you and your families do. Thank you for your support and God Speed.