SPC Peter O. re-enlisting with LTC Karen H. officiating. SPC O. was born and raised in Nigeria, earned a degree in Education Psychology and came to the United States where, at the age of 28, got a good job. Two years later, he joined the Army. He passionately believes in the principles of freedom and democracy represented by the United States. This past October, SPC O. became a US citizen and is now prepared to make an ever bigger commitment to the US Army. He plans to pursue a direct commission as a Medical Service Corps Officer and one day run his own hospital. Congratulations SPC O. on all your achievements and your service to our country!
The ICU team at the 31st CSH at Baghdad TIF.
New adoptee, SPC Mark G., at his re-enlistment ceremony. Mark is a top combat medic and we salute him and thank him for his service!
The 31st is one of many hospital groups AaSP supports. In addition to core AaSP support, the 31st enjoys support from our Special Friends at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, FL. Here, you'll see lots of cartons sent from our Special Friends to Karen and the 31st. Special thanks to Teena McC. and the wonderful people at Morton Plant.
The 31st needed to spruce up their meal opportunities. AaSP sent a crock pot and loads of supplies to make some more interesting meals for the staff there.
31st Combat Support Hospital Supporting several TIFs in Iraq
Our Adoptees: LTC Karen H. LTC Jennifer P. SPC Mark G. SPC Peter O.
The 31st CSH supports several Theater Internment Facilities (TIF) in Iraq, including the one in Baghdad. It's a very difficult job, especially when taking care of our enemies. We send all kinds of things to the 31st, including some special items from Unilever's personal care brands, like Caress, Suave and Dove. We also sent a crock pot and cartons of ingredients so the unit can have some special meals and a used laptop donated by a former adoptee, to help with training and other needs.
Several of our Special Friends have supported the 31st. On Tuesday, July 24, 2007, the Lodi, NJ, Senior Citizens Club presented AaSP with 30 bags of products and goodies for the hospital. The packages arrived and are already making the nurses, medical staff and MPs very happy. LTC Karen H., our adoptee, said after receiving the second set of 9 cartons: "Hi, I have 9 boxes here. Most of the hygiene items travelled well, a few shampoo bottles opened up here and there, thank you so much for having the volunteers put them into zip lock bags! The sheet sets were incredibly generous, wow. I'm sure some soldiers will love them." Hats off to Phyllis and the Seniors with our deep gratitude.
Additionally, Special Friends from the Unilever Chicago office (they call themselves Operation 205) shipped cartons of collected donations for both the medical staff at the hospital AND the U.S. military at the TIF there to our office in NJ. We have already shipped more than 16 cartons from Operation 205 and other groups to the 31st. We all want to show our military how much we appreciate them and understand how difficult their job must be. We've also been asked by our POC there, LTC Karen H., to divert some of our goodies to another "more deserving" unit in the field and we're doing that! Our troops are SO caring and that's what makes us even more proud to support our great American heroes! Thanks so much to Marilyn and the team from Operation 205 and to Jamie and our friends in the Axe brand for helping out so much!
For our contributors and Special Friends who would like to buy items for the 31st CSH, CLICK HERE for a list of items they tell us they can use for Med Staff and the MPs at the TIF.
This is not the first time we've supported the 31st. A few years back, MAJ Doug H., an orthopedic surgeon, was at the Ibn Sina Hospital and we've been supporting the units at Ibn Sina ever since (view alumni unit here).
Our adoptee was promoted to LTC recently. Shown here is LTC H. at her promotion ceremony. LTC Cathleen B. (another one of our adoptees), from TF 62nd Med Bde, is on hand to officiate.
Opening care cartons is always fun. Here members of the 31st CSH enjoying opening boxes and feeling the love from America and from AaSP (you can spot our boxes with the nylon tape and "up" arrows. There's nothing like the feeling you get when you see our soldiers opening our cartons. It's all about helping improve their morale!
Our POC, LTC Karen H, at work at her "desk" with a laptop courtesy of AaSP (thanks to one of our generous supporters). Hey, nice Crocs!
Hanging blood -- a pretty regular occurance at the CSH one would expect.
Our POC, LTC (then MAJ) Karen H, at the desk at the 31st CSH.