Oct. 17, 2010
I just wanted to thank you all so much for what you do. My husband, CPT George Mosby, came through Portsmouth on his way to Afghanistan on Friday night, Oct. 15th.
He said there were about 100 or more people there to greet the soldiers and it was after midnight. I had no idea there was an organization like yours until he told me you had been there and gave me your website address.
I can't tell you how thankful I am to you that my husband and the other soldiers were sent off with love on the next leg of this difficult journey. He said he met a couple from Iowa (where we live) and a little boy asked him to sign his hat.
I just wanted you all to know how thankful I am, and how much it touched me that you don't let soldiers go off to war feeling forgotten, even if it is a late-night flight. God bless you all.
Oct. 8, 2010
All I know is my US Marine son called me this
morning around 4am from New Hampshire as his unit is returning from
Afghanistan. He said there was a welcoming committee, food provided and
the greeters even let Marines use their cell phones. I looked it up and
found the Pease Greeters! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for all this
group does to welcome our troops back from harms way. I will be gladly
sending in a donation.
would like to offer my sincere gratitude for the contributions and
heartfelt support that the "Pease Greeters" afforded to the
Officers and Enlisted Soldiers of Alpha Battery 1st Battalion, 101st Field
Artillery. Your generosity and dedication to the welfare of not only
our unit, but also the thousands of military personnel that have
passed through Portsmouth on the way to or back from overseas is
to see firsthand what a wonderful job you all do. Words can't
express the pride I felt being a serviceman, especially one from New
Hampshire. The time and effort that you all put in; at all
times of the night, is something I will never forget. A man
like my Father-In-Law, FRANK KERVIN, who has so much energy to go out at two
o'clock in the morning, to welcome us back, or to say "Good
Luck"' "be safe", is awe inspiring. You all are
heroes too. Every soldier who walks, or has walked down that hallway
will remember that moment for the rest of their lives, and realize that
the year they spent away from their families and loved ones, was maybe
worth it. I want to thank all of your for letting me be a part
of your honorable tradition of welcoming home Soldiers, and I hope to join
your ranks when I return.
time is almost done here. I would like to think that we have made as
much a difference for the Afghanistan people, as you have made to all the
US Soldiers who have been fortunate to pass through Pease, and feel the
love that you have for them and our great Country. I look forward to
returning to Kingston, NH, my family, a normal life, and seeing warm
smiling faces, happy to have us home. It is heartwarming to know
that there are so many that appreciate what we do, and more importantly
understand why we do it. Hopefully, we will pass through the Granite
State, and not have to go a little further north to Bangor. Either
way, I look forward to seeing each one of you very shortly.
Take care, and thank you again!
F. AMES JR.
A BATTERY 1-101st FA
FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT
JOINT TASK FORCE KABUL (WARLORD)
CAMP PHONEIX, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
APO, AE 09320
Aug. 29, 2010
THANK YOU! Several rough,
tearful hours after sending my husband off on a deployment, I got an
unexpected phone call from him (which he was able to make because of the
cell phones you provided). It made my night to hear his voice and I could
hear the encouragement and enthusiasm in his voice as he told me about
your warm greeting. Thank you, thank you, thank you. God bless!
Aug. 28, 2010
I am a Active Duty Marine that
just returned from Afghanistan and had the please of returning through New
Hampshire. Let me just start by saying thanks. It was the nicest return I
have every had. Very warming and greatly appreciated. My parents were
thrilled as I was to hear of the hospitality ya'll showed us. While I am
talking about my parents they were wondering when the pictures from out
return would be uploaded as they are anxious to maybe see a couple
pictures of me. I came through there Thursday August 26th @ 4 am. Well
thanks again so much and hope yall have a great day.
behalf of 24th Quartermaster Company "Gladiators" we want to
thank each and every one of you who welcomed us on our arrival from
Afghanistan, April 6, 2010. To all the veterans, kids, families, and
friends that took time off from their busy schedules to help make it
happen; to Mrs. Tenley Westbrook who so candidly sang for us the National
Anthem and gave us a copy of her CD.
now we are looking for a double sided frame for the signed sweater that
you gave us, so everyone will be able to see it when they come to the
I don't have words that can capture how much all that meant to us. We hope
that your efforts will continue to grow in support and have an everlasting
impact on those that have been touched by you.
24th Quartermaster Company
Fort Lewis, Washington
This letter of Thanks is very
late, yet will let you know how much you mean to us and how your greeting
stays on our mind and in our hearts forever! January of 2008 I returned
from a 6 month deployment from Afghanistan and was greeted by The Pease
Greeters. We had been delayed a day and a half and we arrived at around 4
am, yet there were still many, many greeters waiting at the airport. We
were very surprised to have such a warm, loving welcome! I normally don't
shed tears, but I had to fight to hold them back then and even now when I
think about the way it felt getting off that plane. My father and I were
just speaking about yet another deployment I will soon embark on and The
Pease Greeters became the topic of the conversation, then I found this
website and realized I could finally give you the "THANK YOU VERY
MUCH" that you have deserved for all that you do for the military.
Thank you very much,
Tyndall AFB, Florida
March 28, 2010
This afternoon, my
wife and I stopped at a store in Central New York. The young man who
took care of us commented on my cap and asked me where I had served.
He told us his father was a Marine who had also served in Vietnam and told
me, "Welcome Home". He explained that he was also a Marine
and had served in Iraq. We thanked him for his service. He
then remarked about his return to the US and the welcome received at
He said they arrived
about 3 AM and were not expecting the people who turned out to welcome
them home with food, handshakes and hugs. We mentioned that we knew
two of the Greeters, Bud Owens and his wife Bette, and told him that while
they weren't expecting such a greeting, they certainly deserved it and
that's the way it should be.
experience made such a lasting impression on this young man he willingly
shared it with strangers. Thank you to Bud and Bette Owens and their
faithful group for touching so many service men and women.
Keith Young, Member VSPA
Dear Ms. Schottler and Pease Greeters,
the surprise I had Wednesday afternoon when I opened your parcel! Not only
was your DVD inside but the packet of stars! I
had never heard of giving stars to service personnel. What an absolutely
great idea! I showed them around my office and other instructors started
asking for them to present to their students. It was amazing.
my last class with the students I've been working with in tactics classes.
They are the same students who worked with some of our British
exchange students that the Pease Greeters were so kind to just two weeks
ago. At the end of our class I showed the YouTube video of the
Pease Greeters welcoming the British Joint Service Staff College students
on their way home from Fort Leavenworth. I wasn't the only one who got
choked-up when we viewed the~ video. At the conclusion of the video I
presented each student one of your Pease Greeter stars. Every one of
these' officers has been deployed at least once, many have been multiple
tours to Iraq or Afghanistan. You could have knocked them over with a
feather. They were sincerely touched by your patriotic gesture. I am
attaching a photo of them with your stars.
during Vietnam as a young soldier. We were required to travel in uniform
when we flew standby as we often did. You know how we were treated. My
first son served eight years in the Navy and recently left the service to
take a job in defense related industry. My second son is in Iraq as an
armor (tanker) soldier. They have been treated completely opposite to the
way I was. I am absolutely delighted. What a great thing that this is. I
cannot express the depth of my gratitude to the Pease Greeters for what
they do to make our young service personnel feel like they are valued and
important. Those young people going through your terminal are our
children. You and the other Greeters are taking care of our kids. We
cannot thank you enough! This is from a parent and a veteran.
from the bottom of our hearts for your outstanding patriotism and
generosity. Thank you for loving our service personnel as surrogate
parents and great friends. You have our eternal gratitude!
Lt. Col. US Army (ret)
Leavenworth, Kansas 66048
March 24, 2010
Thank you so much. I really appreciate it. All of my
Airmen love their stars and some were asking me how they could get some.
That's when I wrote you the letter. I keep mine in my wallet so it
goes with me wherever I am. I also keep a card of St. Michael,
the Archangel, he supposed to look over us and keep us safe in battle.
I don't have to go outside the wire but there is still an inherent danger
just being in Afghanistan in general.
Thanks again for all you do and all you've done, not only for me but for
all the troops who come through Pease.
May God bless you and your family.
Robert Wengerter, Afghanistan
March 17, 2010
JoAnne, Fred and Pease Greeters,
received your package today with the CD of Betsy's departure on Feb 23
through Pease. 371 pictures! Amazing. You get a real
sense of what it must be like to be there in person. It is
wonderful what you do for our soldiers, who are our
you ever get through West Point Mississippi (probably not likely), or Ft
Benning Georgia (where my husband lives, long story)...... My
husband is President of the Ft Benning Chapter of AUSA, and they have a
group there that sends off troops every Friday.....you may want to meet.
are a proud military family, with now four generations of military.
As I said before both my son and daughter are serving currently. Thank you also for your sympathies extended for my nephew Bill.
Fox news actually did a story on Bill and my Dad (his grandfather)
recently. It can be found here.
an ending to this story, the commander of the 75th Rangers (Bill's unit)
saw the story and invited my father to their Ranger Rendezvous at
Benning in August and presented him with a jersey to wear in the
race. He ran the race in Bill's honor wearing the jersey and
finished in 17th place in his age group (70-74).......(17
like to take you up on your offer to send Betsy a CD of the pictures -
her "official" name and address are below.....
Scott (Please do not include rank)
7 EACCS/JSTARS CREW 5
APO AE 09309
March 17, 2010
I just left the following
comment on your guest page: During the last two weeks we hosted our
British allies in an exchange between our Army staff colleges. We made
some great new friends among some of our most reliable military allies in
the world. I received a very nice email from a fellow instructor on their
staff expressing total "shock and awe" at the greetings that
were rendered to the UK contingent on the way home to Britain. He couldn't
say enough nice things about their courteous, enthusiastic, and
tremendously friendly greeting by the Pease Greeters.
God bless you for doing
this! You've made life-long friends of those British soldiers as they were
treated as our own. Thank you for taking care of our friends and allies!
Father of two servicemen
- U.S. Navy and U.S. Army. Life Member VFW and member of American Legion.
Lt. Col (ret) Ed Kennedy
March 17, 2010
Dear Pease Greeters,
I just wanted to say
thank you for the unbelievable reception that you gave us on our way back
to the UK last Saturday. We were not even sure if we would be getting off
the plane, and we certainly did not expect a welcome like the one which
you gave us. I imagine it was clear to see that we were overwhelmed and
touched by the whole experience.
Even more amazing is that
you do this on such a regular basis, and at any time of the night, by all
Thank you for your
kindness and generosity. I hope that we soon find and peace and that you
can get some rest!
March 17, 2010
Thank you all so much for
your kind generosity and heart-felt warm welcome as the British Staff
College passed through New Hampshire at the weekend. We were humbled by
your reception and overwhelmed by your kindness and friendship.
Whenever the United States and the United Kingdom stand together we
prevail. As the closest of allies our futures are interwoven with each
other. And with friends such as yourselves, it is an honor and a privilege
to serve alongside the United State's military. Long may it continue.
Please pass on my thanks to all your Greeters. I wish I could thank them
all individually; they are in my prayers and thoughts.
Col P K Harkness MBE Late SCOTS
United Kingdom Joint Services Command and Staff College
March 17, 2010
To all the Pease
Greeters, both present and supporting, that made the UK troops feel so
welcome last Saturday, a huge and heartfelt thank you. It was a truly
March 17, 2010
I just wanted to say how
moved I was when I got the plane in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I am a
yearly visitor to the US, so I know how you treat your military, so it
should not have come as a surprise to me...but it did! I felt as if I were
being welcomed home by members of my family, so was the feeling of warmth
offered by those present. It was a real pity that we couldn't meet all of
them. Please pass on my personal thanks and I wish to salute all those
that have gone before us (your Vets) and set the standard for us to
follow, I only hope we do them proud and live up to their expectation.
A R Ridler, Major
March 16, 2010
Dear Capt Johnson,
Having now recovered from
our flight home, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for our
reception on Saturday. To say we were blown away sells it short! It is not
something that happens on such an organized scale at home unless it is one
of our dead soldiers being repatriated. I cannot imagine the positive
effect what you and your people do has on your returning servicemen. I for
one have never been so humbled and consider myself extremely privileged to
have had the chance to experience it. I wish you all the best in your
continued mission. Thank you again and God Bless.
Maj Charlie Harmer, Royal
March 16, 2010
As a member of the UK
Armed Forces I was fortunate to pass through Portsmouth, New Hampshire,
last Saturday evening. I was completely overwhelmed with the generosity
shown by the Pease Greeters and heartened by the support given by you to
all troop flights lucky enough to stop at your airport. The gifts, drinks
and badges (I met Maggie Mae) were gratefully received but the reception
and your high spirits will remain with me forever. May I wish you all long
lives and the very best of health - always.
Major Martin Casey
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