Ok, I will try and summarize the entire week, if that’s possible, at a bit later time. What I want to do is to start Operation Santa. I am posting APO addresses you can send Christmas presents to our troops at. I will also send recommendations for what I know they talked about, are interested in, or definitely can use. Just know that Camp Bucca is a HUGE facility with thousands of soldiers as well as thousands of Iraqi citizens, and ANYTHING sent there will be used.
Before we get to the soldiers I have been made aware of a fantastic program run by Gary Sinese that facilitates sending HUGE quantities of material for Iraqi children. Please check out this website
Al Asad is a HUGE air base, tons of soldiers that are not going to be home for Christmas. TONS and I MEAN TONS of Sox fans, die hard ones!
1LT Solaita was one of the folks that escorted us around in country for the week. A finer man you won’t meet, pretty much a larger version of Major Donahue:) Solly is a guy that likely won’t and never would ask for anything. Oh, and unbeknownst to me the whole week, the guy’s a Giants fan, so GIants stuff might be in order. Also know that anything you might want to send for children in Iraq Solly could help get out there.
MNC-I CJ1 PROGRAMS
CAMP VICTORY, IRAQ
APO AE 09342
James B. Selig
Lance Corporal/ USMC
SecFor Bn S-1 Unit Mail Clerk
Al Asad Security Force Battalion, Iraq
FPO AP 96426-2504
Capt Digati and the 2/14 are manning FOBs (Forward Operating Bases) in Baghdad and around Iraq. They are WAY out of the way and in remote areas. Not alot of company but alot of business being done by these brave folks.
ATTN: CPT DIGATI
2-25 SBCT / HQ B-TROUP
2-14 CAV 6260
APO AE 09378
SSG Sheeran and the gang he works with at their base are HARD CORE gamers! I am taking care of their console needs, but these guys have laptops and love to play games, anyone interested in sending them PC titles feel free. They LOVE RTS stuff, heard TOTAL WAR and COMPANY OF HEROES were played and liked and they were looking for more copies.
SSG Sheeran, Chris
2 25 SBCT
B Troop 2/14 Cav
APO, AE 09378
SFC Peterson is a stud, awesome man who helped us around Camp Bucca which is one of the most important bases over there. It contains thousands of US Troops and THOUSANDS of Iraqi civilians. The troops there are working WITH the civilians, their families and many others on a mission to help educate the citizens of Iraq to help take back the country that is rightfully theirs. They are in DIRE need of school supplies. Oh! And another thing, from what I understand they CANNOT get enough soccer balls over there!
The service men and woman can and will take anything. There are quite a few board gaming fans in the mix over there, I know PSP’s, DS’s and many other handhelds are in high demand as well as just everyday stuff. Books, movies, anything. They will appreciate anything they get.
SFC Peterson will the be the ‘go to’ guy on this, sending everything through and to him to get to the folks there:) Just know that there are MANY many Iraqi children in and out of this facility, from newborns to teenagers so clothing can be appropriate as well. If you are not sure of their customs just know to send very plain and NOTHING flashy in the way of clothes.
SFC Peterson, Michael L
HHT 1-102 CAV
Camp Bucca, Iraq
APO AE 09375
I also received this from the mother of a soldier serving over there.
SPC Cheney, Zachary
BSTB4-10 Mtn Div
APO AE 09390-9999
Here is another one! SSG Greene gave me the ultimate honor of participating in her re-enlistment (she re-enlisted “indef” by the way, meaning she’s now a lifer!) when I arrived at the central palace in Baghdad. She’s an M&M JUNKIE so think about that one!!
B Co STB
APO, AE 09342
I am working on things on my end but anyone wishing to send stuff please feel free. It DOES NOT need to be something expensive, hell a box a slim jims could be a HUGE hit over there:)
Think of some of the nicer but odd american snacks we all have access too, that works!
Games, movies, books, outdoor sports equipment is HUGE, basketballs, boxing gear is big, softball and baseball stuff as well.
I know they’ll sincerely appreciate anything you send.