Greeter Letters Of Appreciation
From The Troops And Their Families

Every flight counts. Read the letters from soldiers, families and friends who have been touched by the Pease Greeters.

Oct. 11, 2018

Pease Greeters,

I wanted to reach out and give you my sincere thanks from the 1-18th CAV. In July of this year we deployed to Jordan and our last stop in the United States was my home state of NH. As we boarded the plane they told us we were stopping in Portsmouth.

I couldn't stop smiling the entire time as we made our way to the granite state; It felt like I was the only one that knew a big surprise was coming. Back when I was a Boy Scout in Exeter, we helped out with the Pease Greeters. It was a powerful, rewarding volunteer experience as a kid. It was so incredible to see the incredible outpouring of care and support you showed us.

Since we have been in country, we have received 2 packages from you that were immediately shared between all of our soldiers. I've attached a few photos. I just wanted to reach out and thank you all.

Very Respectfully,
2LT John Scippa

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.

Michelle Mosby
Ankeny, IA

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.

Russ Pomrenke
Braselton, GA

20 September 2010

I 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 phenomenal.

I got 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.

Out 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!

A BATTERY 1-101st FA
First Sergeant

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!

LeAna Schlener

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.

Mark Stoltenberg

May 13, 2010

In 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.

Right 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 company building.
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.

Best wishes,
Felipe Posada-Montes
24th Quartermaster Company
Fort Lewis, Washington

March 31, 2010

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,

A. Shunk
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 Pease.

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.

Obviously, this 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

26 March 2010
Dear Ms. Schottler and Pease Greeters,

Imagine 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.

Today was 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.

I served 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.

Thank you 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!


Edwin L. Kennedy, Jr.
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.

Very Respectfully,

Robert Wengerter, Afghanistan

March 17, 2010

Dear JoAnne, Fred and Pease Greeters,

I 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 families.

If 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 may want to meet.

We 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.

As 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 finished........)

I'd like to take you up on your offer to send Betsy a CD of the pictures - her "official" name and address are below.....

Susan Scott (Please do not include rank)
APO AE 09309
Thanks Again,
Deb Scott

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
Leavenworth, Kansas

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 accounts.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity. I hope that we soon find and peace and that you can get some rest!

Kindest regards,

Jeff Avenall
Shrivenham, Hants

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 humbling experience.

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.

Respectfully yours
A R Ridler, Major
Watchfield, SWINDON

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 Artillery

March 16, 2010

Dear Sir,

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
Shrivenham, Wiltshire
United Kingdom

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