Troops get surprise visit from Bush Sr.: First lady joins husband and Pease Greeters 

By Geoff Cunningham Jr.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

PORTSMOUTH — Airman First Class Kimberly Robinson thought it was a joke when she and other members of an Air Force unit were told Friday that former President George H.W. Bush was waiting for them to disembark their jet at Pease.

Minutes later she was shaking hands with the former commander in chief.

Returning members of the Air Force's 7th Expeditionary Airborne Command and Control Squadron stepped into the airport terminal at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease to find the 41st president of the United States welcoming them home from the Middle East in a classic Pease Greeters ceremony marked by a very prestigious guest.

"It was surreal ... I really don't know how to describe it," Robinson said.

The former president and first lady Barbara Bush made a special trip from their summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, to join the Pease Greeters in welcoming home troops from a two-month deployment.
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Membership Approves Bylaws 
By Bob Hersey
Friday, October15, 2010

PEASE INTERNATIONAL TRADEPORT — The general membership of the Pease Greeters voted at Thursday night's annual meeting to approve the change to the Bylaws.  With about one hundred Greeters in attendance changes to the Bylaws were proposed, voted on and passed.  To read the new changes that govern the Pease Greeters Fund, Inc. go here.

PG General Meeting Slated For Thursday, October 14
By Bob Hersey

Sept. 15, 2010
PEASE INTERNATIONAL TRADEPORT __ The annual membership meeting of the Pease Greeters will be held at the airport terminal building on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 6:00 PM (1800 hrs).  All Pease Greeters are invited to attend.

This is the one time of the year when the Pease Greeters family of friends come together in support of the Greeter program and to learn about plans to improve the program through the end of 2010 and into the next year.  We look forward to seeing you at this meeting as we plan for our mission, Welcoming Our Troops, One Flight At A Time.

Pease Greeter Harold (Hal) Weaver
Dead At 86

Dover, Harold W. Weaver, 86, of Constitution Way died Tuesday September 21, 2010 at York Hospital.

Born in Norwalk, CT March 9, 1924 the son of Horace and Evangeline (McMurray) Weaver was a former resident of Boston, Wayland, MA and Brookline MA for 27 years prior to moving here nearly 10 years ago. He also summered at York Beach for many years.

Hal was a member of the Monitor Lodge of Masons, Waltham, MA, the Pease Greeters and Seacoast Detachment of the Marine Corp League. He was also the recipient of the Silver Beaver Award from the Cochituate, MA Troop #1 Boy Scouts.

Prior to his retirement he was a 49-year employee of the First Church of Christ Scientist in Boston where he was supervisor of shipping and receiving. He was a member of the International Materials Management Society and the First Church of Christ Scientist, Dover.

A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m. Sunday September 26th at the Tasker Funeral Home, 621 Central Ave. followed by a time of fellowship at Hal’s home, 66 Constitution Way from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Memorials in his name may be made to Pease Greeters, PO Box 22311, Portsmouth, NH 03802 - 2311 or the First Church of Christ Scientist, 604 Central Ave., Dover, NH 03820

Lynne Barnes Graveside Committal 
Saturday, July 31 At 10:00 AM

Avid Pease Greeter, Lynne Barnes, of Lee, NH who died Monday, May 31, 2010, Memorial Day, following a brief illness will be laid to rest at Evergreen Cemetery in Portland, Maine on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 10:!00 AM.

Lynne will be remembered by her fellow greeters as a warm, friendly person who loved coming out to the airport and greeting the troops.  Friend, Kathy Nelson, writes of Lynne, "she was so patriotic that she would walk up to total strangers if they were wearing a hat or t-shirt signifying that they were a veteran, and she would thank them for serving our country." 

Plans are underway to inscribe Lynne's name on the Absent Greeters memorial plaque at the airport terminal.  Lynne's family is inviting Pease Greeters to attend the graveside service in Portland.  Look to this space for Lynne's obituary when it becomes available.

Gov. Lynch  Recognizes Pease Greeters
July 28, 2010 
— NH Governor John Lynch presented an award to the Pease Greeters at a ceremony on Wednesday, July 28 at the NH Army National Guard Armory, Manchester.  A large gathering of Pease Greeters assembled in the armory and listened to Governor Lynch praise them for their service to the troops who pass through Portsmouth International Airport on their way overseas and on their return home.

In return, the Pease Greeters presented Gov. Lynch with a sweatshirt signed by the Greeters.  A sweatshirt, like the one presented to the governor, is presented to the senior ranking officer of each flight met by the Greeters.  The tradition started when Pres. George W. Bush was presented a similar shirt in March, 2008.  Director and Chairman of the Pease Greeters, Chuck Cove accepted the award on behalf of the Greeters.  More to the story here.

Photo by Fred Schottler

Chuck Cove
New Pease Greeters Chairman
July 9, 2010
Article by: Chuck Cove, Chairman

Dear Fellow Greeters, 

As many of you have already learned Ed Johnson, who has been the Pease Greeter Chair since its inception in 2005, has decided to step down as Chairman and member of the Pease Board of Directors.  Also since 2005, I have been fortunate enough to serve the Greeters and our Troops as the co-Chair.   I am now pleased to announce that I have taken on the role as the Chairman of the Pease Greeters. 

I think it is safe for me to say that Ed Johnson will be greatly missed by the Greeters, but mostly the loss of his presence on the Board will be felt by me.  Ed Johnson is a highly decorated Korean War Veteran that brought great insight to our troops, both departing and returning home to American soil, and he offered tremendous leadership to the Greeters.  He has left me with very large shoes to fill.  Shoes I am proud to walk in.  Ed Johnson exemplified all that an American Veteran should be – always faithful, always.  He has been there for me and for my family as I know he has been for many other Greeters.   Ed is more than just a fellow Greeter to me, he is my best friend.  Semper Fidelis, Ed. 

Captain Ed Johnson Steps Down From Leadership Role.
July 7, 2010
In a letter sent to the Pease Greeters on July 7, 2010, Capt Ed Johnson leader of the Greeters states, "I have had the honor and pleasure of being your leader for the last five or more years.  My association with each of you has been most humbling to me and rewarding. You are all so sincere, willing to serve and enthusiastic. I consider you to be much like angels on earth. Over that time you have made my various roles easy to perform.  We have served the troops well, all the while enjoying our special camaraderie. We have made a point of getting as many people involved with as many tasks as possible.  Each of you has contributed in a most meaningful way.

It is time to relinquish my role as leader, treasurer and secretary. It is time for new ideas, new views. It is time to pass the torch of leadership, but in so doing please know how much you all have meant to me. You will never know."  .

Hometown Heroes Salute Awards Ceremony
Pease Greeters Honored

By Bob Hersey

August 28, 2010
PEASE ANG BASE __ Colonel Paul Hutchinson Commander,157th Air Refueling Wing presented the Pease Greeters with the prestigious Hometown Heroes Award at a ceremony on Friday, August 27, 2010.  Pease Greeters Chairman, Chuck Cove accepted the award on behalf of the Greeters.  The Greeters received a standing ovation when the award was
announced. The ceremony took place in hanger 254 at the Pease Air National Guard Base.

More to the story at Fosters Daily Democrat.

Pease Greeters applauded by military brass, politicians 

April 22, 2010 2:00 AM April 22, 2010 2:00 AM

PORTSMOUTH — Edmund Johnson and Charles Cove, co-founders of The Pease Greeters, received a standing ovation from a crowd that included members of the U.S. House and Senate, after accepting the Distinguished Service award from the Military Officers Association of America Tuesday night in Washington, D.C.

"We were able to tell the audience that we regard ourselves as America's surrogate family," Johnson said Wednesday morning. "What we do is an honor and a privilege."

The award, presented by MOAA chairman of the board and retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Richard I. Neal, honors individuals and organizations that have been consistent supporters of the uniformed services.

Dressed in bright red Marine Corps regalia, Johnson and Cove accepted the award on behalf of the more than 2,500 volunteers involved in the group's mission.  .  .  .  .

Greeters receive Thumbs Up from Portsmouth Herald
April 24, 2010 2:00 AM

Patriotic thumbs up to the Pease Greeters, who earned more well-deserved praise, this week a Distinguished Service Award from the Military Officers Association of America.

The Greeters, represented in Washington, D.C. by the group's co-founders, Charles Cove and Edmund Johnson, received a standing ovation from an audience that included U.S. congressmen.  .  .  .  .  More of this story here

Foster's Daily Democrat, "Tears and Applause On Capital Hill"
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anna larabrieClosure at long last: Pease Greeters, Anna Labrie Learns fate of brother's sub, sunk 65 years ago.

Anna Labrie shows a picture of her brother, Torpedoman's Mate 2nd Class George Laderbush, who died on the USS Flier in 1944 during World War II. The U.S. Navy confirmed Monday that Laderbush's ship was found in the Balabac Strait area of the Philippines.
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EJ Hersom/Staff photographer, Foster's Daily Democrat.

Our Troops Have Moxie


May 16, 2010
We have always known that the brave troops serving our country have had plenty of moxie (the word), but now NEMC (New England Moxie Congress) national secretary, Dan Hovey, has made sure that they are rewarded with plenty of MOXIE (the beverage of champions)!

Dan faithfully serves as a Pease Greeter meeting troop planes returning to the US from combat duty and makes sure that they know that we care and appreciate their sacrifices on our behalf and what better way than to make sure that they are greeted and treated with the Mahogany Ambrosia!

Moxie is made available to our troops at Pease through the generosity of Moxie Brand Manager, Justin Conroy and the Coco-Cola facility in Seabrook, NH.
Reprint from NEMC article Members In The News without permission.

Star Spangled Banner Flag At Fenway Park Sunday.
May 23rd, 8:00 AM
Portsmouth, NH…..The Star Spangled Banner Flag, recently unveiled at the Pease International Tradeport by Captain Richard Phillips of the M/V Maersk Alabama mad its way to Fenway Park in Boston on Sunday May 23, 2010 at 8:00AM.   The Flag was flown to help honor all the participating runners in the Run To Home Base 9K Race .  This race is a philanthropic collaboration between the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital.  The goal of the race was to raise funds to help New England service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who suffer from combat stress disorders.   Many may remember that this Flag is the only flag to have flown over the decks of the USS Constitution, USS Bainbridge, and M/V Maersk Alabama. These three ships represent over two hundred thirty years of our American History, battling pirates and other enemies of this great nation.  It is only right that it help fight other more personal enemies as well.   The Pease Greeters are proud to help this worthy cause in any way possible.  .

Star Spangled Banner Flag Takes To The Road
May 21, 2010
Portsmouth, NH…..The Star Spangled Banner Flag, recently unveiled at the Pease International Tradeport by Captain Richard Phillips of the M/V Maersk Alabama will be making its way to the Lee USA Speedway, 380 Calef Highway, Rt. 125 Lee, NH on Friday, May 21 at 6:30 PM.  This is Veterans Appreciation Night.  Veterans will be admitted free.
More to this story here.  .

Star Spangled Banner Flag
Unveiled - Saturday, May 15th.

The Star Spangled Banner Flag was brought to and unveiled in a ceremony at the Pease Air Terminal on Saturday May 15th, 2010 at 1:00 PM.  Pease Greeters  arrived at noontime and the ceremony started at 1:00 PM and conclude at 4:00 PM.

Special guests joined the event to include, an honor guard from the USS Constitution and Captain Richard Phillips of the M/V Maersk Alabama along with his wife Andrea.  Many will remember Captain Phillips from his appearance during a flight last summer of

After the ceremony, Captain Richard Phillips, who recently wrote the book A Captain's Duty, signed books that people brought with them to the airport.

We would like to thank the USS Constitution Honor Guard and Captain Richard and Andrea Phillips for taking time out of their hectic schedules to appear at Pease Air Terminal for this momentous event.  Everyone pitched in and gave them a thunderous welcome.  Pease Greeters, One . . . Two . . . Three . . .

Pizza was served after the ceremony to all those who attended.

Star Spangled Banner Flag
May 2010 
An idea had been spawned.  After fifteen months of communications with the U.S. Navy, several Fortune 500 companies, and even the AAA, the idea led to those two famous words, Road Trip.  From most was heard, ‘You’re going to do WHAT?"  To those less faint of heart, and crazy Irishmen was heard ‘Let’s go!’  Actually, the first words were "head south!”  So, started an epic journey of the Pease Greeter Road Warriors to go south, to a place called the Norfolk Naval Base in Norfolk, Virginia.

The journey was uneventful in the beginning.  The fierce rainy weather had broken and wonderful Spring heat was felt.  The floods were just a painful memory. The states slipped by as in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut …Oh, if you hadn’t guessed by now we were driving. The pleasant unwavering car speeds were just glorious, and actually within the posted speed limit, until we entered the outskirts of New York. 

Maersk Alabama captain honors military, joins Pease Greeters for Armed Forces Day event.

By Geoff Cunningham Jr.
May 16, 2010

PORTSMOUTH — Having spent four days in a lifeboat being held hostage by Somali pirates before being rescued by U.S. military personnel, Capt. Richard Phillips has an intimate appreciation for the jobs done by those who serve in the military.

If it wasn't for them, he might not have been standing in a terminal at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease on Saturday.

Phillips — the captain of the container ship Maersk Alabama, which was hijacked by pirates off the coast of Africa — joined an assembly from the Pease Greeters for a ceremony that marked Armed Forces Day and the addition of a new fixture at the Pease terminal's growing "Hall of Flags."  More to the story here.  

Richard Philips - One Year Later
April 3, 2010
Last Easter Sunday, Capt. Richard Phillips, Master of the Maersk Alabama, was freed from his Somali pirate captors in a dramatic rescue by Navy SEALs.  Many Pease Greeters will remember Captain Phillips' visit to our airport when he greeted an early morning flight in August of last year.  A Vermont native, Captain Phillips is one of our own, a Pease Greeter.

Dateline NBC will host an interview with Captain Phillips Sunday evening, April 4th, at 7:00 PM Eastern time at which time, Capt. Phillips recounts his ordeal to Matt Lauer in an exclusive interview.
More of the story here.

Petraeus Compliments Pease Greeters.
March 24, 2010
MANCHESTER, N.H. --- Gen. David Petraeus, Chief of U.S. CentCom and architect of the US troop surge in Iraq, complemented the Pease Greeters before a packed audience at the NH Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College, Manchester on Wednesday when he said, "Folks like the Pease Greeters in particular ensure that our young men and women, actually both deploying and redeploying, are more than just patted on the back, but taken great care of."

WMUR News 9's Josh McElveen moderated the event at which the general spoke of the surge by saying, “The real surge in Iraq was not the surge of what turned out to be 30,000 additional forces. The most important surge in Iraq was a surge of ideas,"

The general put to rest questions about his seeking political office when asked if his New Hampshire visit was a bid for the White House by saying, “I’ve said no and I mean no.”

Commenting on the general’s recognition of the work done by the Pease Greeters to welcome our troops at Pease International Tradeport, Pease Greeter Alan Weston said, “It's pretty incredible to have him mention us, but like we always say, it's for the troops."

More at WMUR-TV9 . . . plus video.
AP Article, SeacoastOnLine

March 1, 2010 

Greeters Give Troops A Star-Studded Sendoff & Welcome Home.
NH based volunteer group embraces soldiers with hats, care packages and warm receptions.
By Pat Remick, Writing For AARP Bulletin Today
March 1, 2010
They’re small tokens—a homemade hat and an embroidered star from a retired flag—that rest on each passenger seat aboard the chartered flights that carry troops to deployments in Iraq or Afghanistan. They represent a little piece of home that the servicemen and -women get to take with them from a hearty group of New Hampshire volunteers.

The Pease Greeters, formed by a handful of retired Marines and airport workers in 2005, and now numbering more than 2,000, meet planes that stop briefly to refuel at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease before heading overseas. The group also greets flights returning with soldiers from war-torn countries. The greeters are supported by numerous other individuals as well as business, civic and veterans organizations.   Complete Story

December 25, 2009 
NECN reports on Pease Greeters

NECN: Lauren Collins, Portsmouth, NH) - Many U.S. troops will spend the holidays overseas this year, but once they return home, many will also pass through an airport terminal in New Hampshire. One special group known as the "Pease Greeters" will be there to offer a warm welcome. Ed Johnson is a regular around Portsmouth International Airport at Pease. As the chairman of the Pease Greeters, the 81-year-old former Marine regularly makes the trip from his home in Rye Beach to the otherwise barren terminal, where more than 1,000 troops a month stop on their way to or home from overseas deployments. Al Weston was among a handful of airport workers to offer a hand to shake when military flights started coming through Pease five years ago. He called on local vets, Ed Johnson one of the first to rally, and on local businesses, who readily donated comforts and time. Now, hundreds of New Hampshire Seacoast residents turn out for every flight, and thousands of donated items -- from stuffed animals and pizza to ice cream and cell phones await the troops. The Pease Greeters last month were recognized with the 2009 Spirit of New Hampshire Award.  Video Here.

Tenley Westbrook FreedomSong Foundation
March 1, 2010
Recording artist Tenley Westbrook, who sings the National Anthem and other patriotic songs for the troops at Pease Greeter ceremonies, has written, in collaboration with producer John Paul, r Tenley Westbrook, who sings the National Anthem and other patriotic songs for the troops at Pease Greeter ceremonies, has written, in collaboration with producer John Paul, recorded and released Our Freedom Song, a tribute to the troops, veterans and their families. Tenley has performed this song at the airport, the Pease Greeters Picnic, the Governor's Chambers at the NH Statehouse for the Veterans Day Proclamation Ceremony and recently in Washington, DC on November 11, 2009 for VIETNOW, a Vietnam Veterans organization.

Tenley has created the FreedomSong Foundation. This non-profit foundation will benefit the troops and family members. Through the distribution of Our Freedom Song CDs at no cost to those serving in the military, she hopes to show support and encouragement to these brave men and women who sacrifice so much for our freedom. In just three days, Tenley has distributed more than 850 Our Freedom Song CDs to the troops who have arrived at Pease.
Tenley has been asked to perform this song and others at the Air National Guard Holiday Event in December at Pease and she plans to distribute the CDs to all the NH Air National Guard members or family members in attendance.

Recognizing The Pease Greeters
Senate - September 10, 2009
Sen. Judd Gregg [R-NH]: Mr. President, I rise today to recognize the Pease Greeters for their consistent and unwavering support for our brave men and women in uniform passing through New Hampshire on their way to combat assignments in Iraq and Afghanistan or returning home to their loved ones.

he Pease Greeters provide a loud and welcoming voice not only to servicemembers from New Hampshire but to all of the soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen who pass through the Pease Air Terminal in Portsmouth, NH.  During the Spring of 2005, when members of the Seacoast Detachment of the Marine Corps League met a flight returning from the Middle East, no one could have known that this small volunteer group of veterans and citizens would be the nucleus of a group that has met every one of the more than 130 flights landing in New Hampshire, however briefly, with soldiers heading to or returning from combat operations overseas. The Greeters, now numbering over 200 members, have helped to ensure that each of the thousands of servicemembers has received the welcome home and best wishes that they so richly deserve.

The Pease Greeters travel from all over New Hampshire to meet every military flight in to Pease, at any hour, day or night. Arriving troops are met with applause, handshakes, and a boisterous welcome, and if the flight is taking them into a combat area, the Pease Greeters assure them that they will be met right there upon their safe return. These honored guests are provided with refreshments and the opportunity to make free phone calls to their loved ones. Each of these events has been recorded and the photographs line the Pease Air Terminal Hall that is known as the "Heroes Walk."

It is my privilege to recognize the time and energy these men and women of the Pease Greeters have devoted and continue to devote to assuring our Armed Forces that their country and its citizens appreciate the sacrifices they and their families are making on our behalf. Thank you to each and every member of the Pease Greeters for providing such a warm welcome home to those returning and a warm memory of home to those departing to carry out their missions.

Town offers flags to Pease Greeters
By Angeljean Chiaramida
SEABROOK — The 50 stars on the American flag represent each state of the union, but to the members of the military who stop at Portsmouth's Pease International Tradeport on their way to or from the Middle East, the stars have taken on a new meaning...

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American Red Cross Host "Heroes Breakfast"
The Great Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross, at its 7th Annual Heroes Breakfast, honored the Pease Greeters of Portsmouth, NH on Nov. 5th, 2009. Accepting the honor for the dedicated veterans, men and women who meet and greet our brave soldiers as they deploy to overseas assignments and who return home after their mission is complete is Captain Ed Johnson, Director, a former Marine who served in Korea.

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Cellphones For Soldiers 
Cellphones for Soldiers is a national initiative to bring telephone calling cards to our troops overseas, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan.  This program, started by a brother and sister from Norwell, MA, is now part of a Pease Greeters initiative.  The program came to Pease International Airport on December 11th, 2009. The program seeks to collect old, unused cellphones and turn them in for cash.  The cash is then used to purchase calling cards that are mailed to our troops overseas.  In support of this program The Pease Greeters have made available a drop-off site to turn in cellphones regardless of their age or condition.  Look for the collection point at the airport adjacent to the coffee table.  The drop-off box is a permanent fixture at the airport.  So far, over 2400 phones have been dropped off at the airport for this project.  If you have an old cell phone, consider donating to this worthy cause.

In Their Honor
Sept. 15, 2009
he monument that bears the names of New Hampshire servicemen killed in the Global War on Terrorism since Sept. 11, 2001, showed eight names newly added.
Cpl. Scott G. Dimond, Army, of Franklin, Maj. Brian M. Mescall Army, of Exeter, Pvt. Chipper T. Rogers, Army, Keene, Cpl. Michael W. Ouellette Marine Corps, of Manchester, Spc. Adam M. Kuligowski Army, of Derry, Staff Sgt., Edmond L. Lo, Army, of Salem, Sgt. Michael C. Roy, Marine Corps, of Candia, Spc. Justin R. Pellerin,Army, of Boscawen

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Pease Greeters teams with businesses to keep packages moving

The Pease Greeters know people are facing a tough economy so they are working even harder to secure donations to keep care packages headed overseas to troops serving all over the world.
A wing of the Pease Greeters began teaming up to collect donations and ship hundreds of boxes of supplies to troops serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and Germany.
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For 2008, Foster's has picked the Pease Greeters as the Newsmaker of the Year.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
The Greeters have made a significant contribution to life in our region.

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Bush honors 'Pease Greeters' in White House
Boston Globe - Mar 10, 2008 AP Writer / March 10, 2008. CONCORD, NH—President Bush met Monday with members of the "Pease Greeters" at the White House, honoring them for their attention ...
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Pease Greeters teach us about true patriotism
Portsmouth Herald News - Jun 13, 2007
The ranks of the Pease Greeters grow with every event they host. Over the past few years, they have hosted 105 greeting celebrations for serving military ...

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Hampton Falls Girl Scouts greeted by Pease Greeters
Portsmouth Herald News - Mar 11, 2008
By Sheila Tanguay. HAMPTON FALLS —
As part of their annual cookie sales this year, Area Girl Scouts took orders for cookies to be
delivered to US troops.
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January 03, 2010 6:50 AM
Greeters Gave Soldiers a Special Christmas
xmas eve On Christmas Eve, more than 500 citizens traveled to Pease Airport to greet 140 soldiers returning from a year of service in Iraq.

The crowd was several bodies deep along the Hero's Walk; a mix of longtime Pease Greeters and many new faces, some local and some who traveled long distances to thank the soldiers.

As members of the Army's 305th Quarter-master Company entered the airport, the crowd spontaneously erupted into the type of joyous applause normally showered on sports heroes or rock stars.
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North Hampton resident a fixture as Pease Greeter
Portsmouth Herald News - Jul 10, 2007
By Nancy Rineman. NORTH HAMPTON — For many years, John Savastano of North Hampton has been a fixture among surfing enthusiasts at "The Wall," as it's called..

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Honors Vietnam Veterans

Thank You to Pease Greeters
Portsmouth Herald News - Mar 14, 2008
They've received congratulations from the king of Norway and the hearty thanks from military personnel passing through Portsmouth either returning from or ...

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McCain returns to NH, scene of key triumphs
Boston Globe - Mar 13, 2008
"He may not be as eloquent a speaker as all of them," said Dennis
Lauze, a 56-year-old member of the Pease Greeters from Strafford, NH
"But he cares." ...

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Breakfast with the Pease Greeters
Portsmouth Herald News - Dec 20, 2007 By Ron Tomanio and Greg Major. Only we didn't know we were going to attend a breakfast meeting with the Pease Greeters. We thought we were going to ...
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Pease Greeter, 78, earns Marine of Year
Portsmouth Herald News - May 11, 2008 Edmund Johnson of Rye has been named Marine of the Year, New England Division. Johnson is one of the founders of the Pease Greeters.Deb Cram photo ...
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Vietnam vet Larry Aiello gives back as a Pease Greeter
Portsmouth Herald News - Sep 6, 2007
By Ron Tomanio and Greg Major. More than 40 years ago Vietnam veteran
Larry Aiello came home. There were no marching bands, no crowd of well wishers.

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500 gather to welcome home troops
Portsmouth Herald News - Jul 6, 2007
About 500 Pease Greeters welcome members of the US Navy Mobile Inshore ...

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Johnson, Man Behind The Greeters
James J. Reilley, LTC USA (RET) 
Foster's Daily Democrat - Jan 19, 2008
At our Pease Greeters annual Christmas party, I observed his commanding presence and ... And last but not least, the Pease Greeters provide an incalculable 

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  Rye students thank vets

Portsmouth Herald News - Nov 9, 2007 RYE — Ed Johnson, chairman of the Pease Greeters and commandant
of the local ... The Pease Greeters are "the surrogate family" for military servicemen and ...

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Foster's Daily Democrat - Nov 5, 2007
Members of Pease Greeters suspended the 48-star standard flag from the ceiling
of the airport and encased it in plexi-glass for protection. ...

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Greeters' teach us about true patriotism
Portsmouth Herald News - Jun 19, 2007
The ranks of the Pease Greeters grow with every event they host. ... The “welcome home” and “thank you”
aims of the Pease Greeters are simple, ...

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When troops land in NH, greeters show support
Nashua Telegraph - Mar 2, 2008
Ed Johnson, leader of the Pease Greeters, shakes hands with Mark Eby,Pease Greeters is an organization that was started three years ago to welcome back.

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