A Special Project serving some AaSP units in the Middle East
In Fall 2009, Atlas Air Worldwide held a special Charity Golf Outing to raise money to support our troops through Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon. The result is a special project that is now underway to support our adoptees in Charlie Co. 1/3 ARB in Afghanistan; a U.S. security forces unit supporting the new NATO headquarters in Kabul, AFG; a pilot and his team on the USS Nimitz returning home from AFG; several adoptees aboard the USS Eisenhower, now in the Arabian Gulf; a SSG and her fellow soldiers at TF 38, an aviation unit in Iraq and a pilot in an aviation battalion -- the 1-169th AVN -- in Kuwait that supports all Middle East. (See the slide show of happy warriors and more info and quotes from the units below.)
One of the units being supported is Charlie Co., 1/3 ARB, in Afghanistan, some of whom are pictured here. (For more info on C Co., 1/3 click on image.)
Several crew men aboard the USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN-69) are some of our newest adoptees. Shown here, the carrier steams past the Rock of Gibraltar on the way to the Arabian Gulf, where it is now stationed. Operation Atlas will service information technology teams and aviators and their support on the "Ike."
Items included in the project are Xbox 360 Elites, PSP hand held systems, Webcams, DVD players and HD Flip camcorders to name a few, as well as special care cartons for the warriors.
Thanks to Atlas Air and its cadre of industry partners, vendors and employees for such a wonderful donation. Here are some of the great comments we've received so far from our recipients:
Mar 31, 2010, TF 38, SSG Beth G: We received the x-boxes, PSPs, webcams, headsets and Flips today! OMG THANK YOU!
Our Chaplain's Assistant has worked very hard to transform a trailer next to the Chapel into a central hang out area for soldiers. It is a very nice area that has computers, phones, books, a lounge area and a TV room. Unfortunately, there were not enough webcams and headsets to go around for everyone to use. He doesn't know it yet, but your donated webcams and headsets are going to be given to Red River Place (the hangout area) for everyone to share and use. I know he will be ecstatic, and everyone who will be able to share these and talk to their families will be more than appreciative!!!! I am also giving them one of the X-Box systems and some games. This area is used by Army, Air Force and civilian contractors, so your donations will affect many, many people who use the facility. (I will try to get some pictures of this to send back to you)
We have a unit recreation center that is going to be augmented with the other X-Box for everyone in Task Force 38 to have access to. Also, we are going to divide up the Flips and PSPs between our multiple units so as many people as possible can benefit from your program's kindness and generosity.
Thank you so much for everything. You have more than taken care of our Soldiers and continue to help us it seems in every single way imaginable. You dedication to assisting our humanitarian mission has been huge and improved life for so many Iraqi citizens. I am so thankful for all of the support you have given us and wish there was a way I could repay everyone involved for their kindness, care, support and generosity.
March 28, 2010, Charlie Co, 1/3 ARB, 1SG Mark C: We got a box from you
today! Thank you! We received 2 Xboxs, a webcam and a PSP. I was able to
get some pictures for you of course. It was a great day for the guys.
You guys were a big hit! I am going to try and get the pics emailed out
tonight or tomorrow. It was a great time handing these items out. I did
not worn the guys. I let them know about you and the Platoon of people
helping out right before we pulled the box out and started giving stuff
out. Y'all are the greatest!
Squadron Photo -- VFA-97
From the flight deck of the USS Nimitz - VFA-97 warriors.