RIP SSG Jorge M. Oliveira, who died in the line of duty while serving in PRT Paktika. He paid the ultimate price for all of us back home. May God Bless Jorge, his family, his Battle Buddies and all our American Heroes serving in harm's way for all of America. SSG Oliveira you will be missed. Photo by Matt Duvall.
NJ ARNG, 2-113th INF, Riverdale, NJ, deployed to AFG
Sponsors: Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey; Coffee Associates (Edgewater, NJ); Bergen County (NJ) Sheriff's Office; NJ Credit Union League; Wanaque (NJ) Police Dept
NJ ARNG SECFOR Platoon with steel from the World Trade Center at Riverdale, NJ, Armory.
The SECFOR Platoon of the 2-113th INF, NJ ARNG, has arrived in AFG after their training in Indiana. Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon has already adopted the 42 soldier Platoon. AaSP provided SECFOR with flight pillows for their flight to Indiana and then AFG. AaSP co-founders Holmes Brady and Alan Krutchkoff attended their pre-deployment briefings at the Riverdale, NJ, Armory on Sunday, March 27. Krutchkoff attended their send off in the "wee hours" of Tuesday morning, March 29.
The Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey held a bicycle tour event in early June and donations from the event will benefit the SECFOR Platoon. Thanks BCTNJ and Ted, Dave and Don for that!
We have already packed up dartboards and darts, TRX Force Kits, coffee and Xbox games for the unit's two locations and more goodies will follow.
AaSP is looking for any local corporations, businesses and organizations to help support these local civilian warriors during their tour. Let's show them how NJ cares!
Soldiers from the SECFOR Platoon of the 2-113th pose with AaSP co-founders Alan Krutchkoff (L) and Holmes Brady (R) at the Riverdale Armory on Sunday, March 27. Also pictured with the soldiers are Holiday Boxes from Unilever, that were donated to the families of the deploying warriors (thanks Unilever!).