We connected with the 32d Signal Battalion thru MAJ N. The 29th BCT was being redeployed back to the States and MAJ N. was interested in staying on in Iraq. She was given permission to remain with the 32d Signal Battalion on Camp Anaconda. As such, she brought with her much of the entertainment equipment sent to the 29th after their MWR tent burned down. Included were the 80-in. custom-built screen and projector, wide-screen TV, DVD sound system and a host of other equipment. This was in December 2005. The screen was used at the Battalion's Super Bowl party in February 2006. At that time, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers all sent souvenirs for the soldiers.
Our support of the 32d Signal Battalion also included special products for the female soldiers, which were donated by several Unilever brands: Suave, Ponds, Caress and Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion. AaSP also participated in a small way with a program coordinated by DHL that distributed thousands of pairs of shoes to Iraqi children. Additionally, AaSP sent a pallet of Skippy peanut butter snack bars that were distributed to the children.
The Unilever NASCAR team created a banner that was flown during the Memorial Day races at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC. Hundreds of fans signed the banner, which was then sent to the 32d to hang at their headquarters.
During Easter of 2006, AaSP shipped off 62 special packages for each soldier in the outlying areas. Providing communications throughout Iraq, these soldiers worked in some of the more difficult areas and it was rewarding preparing special Easter gifts for them.
One of our adoptees, SPC Maggie H., ran a fund-raising "Relay for Life" and AaSP contributed toward her campaign. SPC H. wrote a heart-felt letter to AaSP (CLICK HERE TO READ LETTER.)
We are grateful for the dedicated service of the soldiers of the 32d Signal Battalion. We also very much enjoyed the support provided to us. The Battalion created DVDs as thank you's to school children that wrote cards to the soldiers and also created a DVD to thank AaSP and its sponsors (including the Unilever brands) for all the support provided. Additionally, the Battalion flew American flags AaSP sent them and signed them and returned them as special keepsakes for our patrons and sponsors. We will be forever grateful to the Battalion leadership of LTC William S., CSM John G., SGM Tony H. and all the company commanders and first sergeants for their support to AaSP and they will always be remembered fondly as part of our heritage.