March 13, 2010
Thank you so much for
forwarding the pictures to me. It was certainly a day that I
will never forget. The entire flight lasted just over eleven
hours and I know that I heard folks talking about the
Pease Greeters well after we got off. My family knows about
it, friends from back home, the guys I'm serving with here at
Ali. I'm still amazed by the whole thing. The cell phones,
calling cards, knitted caps, cookies, playing cards, Rubix Cubes,
magazines, books, pizza, coffee, and ice cream. The ceremony!
I couldn't believe it. And to know that you all have done this for
several HUNDRED flights in the past! I know that a TON of
work, time, and energy goes into greeting each flight. Knowing
that there are people out there who, not only support the troops of the
United States Military, but SHOW their support with such unselfish
acts gives me motivation and a new sense of purpose. Being
greeted by the Pease Greeters touched my life. When we are all the
way around the world we know that there are people standing behind us
that genuinely care. Thanks again for doing what you do.
A1C Alexander Blair
407th EOD Flight
Ali Air Base, Iraq
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Thanks so much for this
great story. Things like this and like your greeting the flights at Pease
remind us that there's so much good going on "under the radar."
When son Daniel left for Iraq back in January, we unexpectedly received an
e-mail photo of him being greeted and thanked at a stopover enroute (I
think it was at Pease AFB). Whoever had the idea of forwarding photos home
for the soldiers should be thanked--receiving an "en route"
photo was a big blessing to us, and being greeted so warmly and thanked
for his service was a big blessing to Daniel as well. That period of time
until he is actually on the ground and has commo with home re-established
is a particularly anxious one, so it was great to know that even folks he
didn't know were encouraging him.
Bob & Sue
March 10, 2010
have the good fortune of being a member of the Royal Air Force squadron
that you so kindly greeted in Portsmouth yesterday. I have to admit that I
had no idea that such a reception awaited us, or that indeed we deserved
such celebration, but was greatly touched by the effort and thought that
went in to our brief visit.
just wanted to write to say thank you to all those who helped put together
such an event, and it is heartening to know that, when we do deploy to
Afghanistan, there are people like yourselves whose freedom is worth
protecting by whatever means necessary. I
look forward to my next visit!
Officer Owen Cheverton
14 Sqn, Royal Air Force
My son, Spec 1 Jason Wilkes of 133MP Company in Timmonsville, S. C. went
through Pease in Sept.09. He was touched and will never forget the
love and patriotism shown to him and his fellow soldiers. They were
returning from Croatia. As a mom I am so happy to know there are
such wonderful people like you there to care and give support to our
troops. Not everyone understands. God bless you and your
from Ali Air Base, Iraq! My name is Airman First Class Alex Blair
and I was fortunate enough to stop in Portsmouth, NH on 26 January,
2010 before departing for Iraq. Just a few hours before we arrived
in NH I had said good bye to my friends and family back home and I
was a bit nervous; this is my first deployment. When we
stopped in Portsmouth I had assumed that it was to fuel
up the plane. Boy was I shocked! I cannot describe
to you how uplifting it was to walk through the terminal lined with
hundreds of people saying "Thank you." Right now there is
a star sewn on the inside pocket of my blouse, right on top of my heart; I
wear it every day and remember the men, women, and children of the Pease
Greeters that waved my flight off. We fight for you. Thank you
so much for doing what you do. You have made such a difference in
the lives of so many troops leaving and returning from abroad. Hopefully I am lucky enough to return to Portsmouth and once again thank
each one of you for taking the time out of your day to bring books,
knitted caps, snacks, goodies, warm smiles, love, and support. Take care and God bless.
407th EOD Flight
Ali Air Base, Iraq
Feb 24, 2010 7:14 pm
I deployed last year and was fortunate enough to have been touched by
your wonderful greeters. I just recently came across your website and
would like to request copies of the pictures of our unit if possible. I
believe the date I departed the US was January 11, 2009.
I must say that the people of New Hampshire are wonderful. This was my
first deployment and to tell the truth I was scared to be going to
Afghanistan. After the wonderful reception at Pease I never felt more
proud to be serving our country. Thank you for touching our lives!
SrA Theresa Pierce
Lake Dallas, TX 75065
was fortunate enough to be a member of the 449th Theater Aviation Brigade
(Army), which redeployed through Pease on 2 September, 2009. I still
cannot adequately express my gratitude to everyone who saw us come through
those doors. It was overwhelming when the doors opened and the greeters
were there to welcome us.
have a request, if you don’t mind. I was presented with a star from an
American flag that can no longer be flown. Would it be possible for your
organization to send me another one. I will gladly pay for any postage.
With tomorrow being Veteran’s Day, I gave mine to a World War II veteran
who is taking a bus trip from Raleigh, NC to Washington, DC. I feel that
this star will be held in safe keeping with him as he is who I would call
a true American Hero. My duties in Iraq pale in comparison to what this
possible, please send the star, complete with the poem to:SFC Ken Colvin
you very much for your hospitality. Your organization really boost our
morale. I've never seen such thing until we passed by your area. The
Marine and Sailors from 7th Marines really appreciate what you did yesterday.
Thank you very much.
regiment Independent Duty Corpsman
returned home to your wonderful reception on Sep 24th, 261st Tactical
Theater Signal Brigade. We will forever be grateful for the warm
reception and a real demonstration of what America is all about. I hope to
make a trip to your area in the near future and look forward to visiting
you all and seeing our unit picture on the wall.
CW5 John Turner
Thanks so much for supporting the military. It's means a lot to me and my
Soldiers when I receive a package in the mail and I'm able to provide them
with the items you sent. Your package can in the nick of time, because we
just can back from a mission and some Soldiers didn't have any mail. Well,
when I saw my package from you. I know it was going to make my Soldiers
day. Even if it was just for the moment. So, thanks once again and keep up
the good work,
First and Foremost a BIG
thanks to all the Pease Greeters! About 3 weeks ago I arrived at Bagram
AB, Afghanistan for the second time in a
year and a
half and on both occasions I have had the HONOR to pass
community and meet the Pease Greeters. I cannot express
much we (the military members)
appreciate what you do for us.
so friendly and so generous! Thank you for taking time out
of your busy
schedules to come and see us coming from or going to our
location. As we departed, our "troop commander" was given a book
about the Pease Greeters and let us look at it on the plane. I have to say
that is an awesome
publication! As we departed the US, I read that book and I
crying- the stories were so touching. I am wondering if
there is a way
that I can buy a copy of that for myself. If so, could
you email me
back letting me know how much and where to send the money?
really appreciate you all and I hope that we will have the HONOR of
through there and see you all again!
Thank you so
much for your time!
GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND GOD BLESS AMERICA
L. Finn, TSgt, USAF
Task Force Med
APO, AE 09354
I want to thank you from all the Marines and
Sailors from Combat Logistics Battalion - 1 for your incredible greeting
and ceremony you put on for us the other night during our journey to
Afghanistan. We are still on our way - we are in Kyrgyzstan now but will
leave shortly for Afghanistan..
Your kindness and warmth will always be remembered.
Our families were also very blessed to hear of the kind welcome in
beautiful New Hampshire.
name is SGT Conrad Hunter Jr. I must say that was the biggest welcome home
I have ever had in my 3 deployments. I am so greatly appreciated for that.
MY FLIGHT DATE WAS : 10/2/09
Once again thank you for everything. Have a
wonderful and blessed remaining year.
SGT Conrad Hunter Jr.
just like to say thank you to you and your family and friends....The
packages were always a welcomed sight and warm gesture. I assure you that I
made sure the soldiers, sailors and airmen that did not have the
opportunity from home, received this morale boost from all of you. The
faces would light up and spirits would rise. Our year deployment is almost
done, and we did our best. unfortunately not all of us are coming home
together. I wanted to extend the sincere appreciation from all of us here
at Camp Eggers- Afghanistan- Log ETT for your unwavering support and
generosity. I hope this finds you and all your loved ones in good health
and deserved happiness. Please extend this thank you to all who are doing
this, its Americans like you and fellow pease greeters that allow us peace
of mind, warm thoughts of home, spend that extra 5 minutes doing the right
thing and fight that much harder. I thank you from my heart and hopefully
get to thank you all personally if ever given the chance. God bless.
was fortunate enough to be welcomed home from Iraq by the great people of
Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In less than an hour I felt as though I had
been a part of the Portsmouth community my entire life. Thank you all for
the great things that you do for the returning Troops. Your effort and
sacrifice is truly appreciated. Respectfully request a copy of the photo
CD for flight date 9/14/09.
Karkheck Thanks again.
Very Respectfully, WO1
Brett KarkheckHHC 56 SBCT Philadelphia, PA
Letters to the Editor
May 27, 2009
Oklahoma Military Wife Thanks Pease Greeters.
the Editor: As the wife of an active duty Air Force member, I wanted to
thank your community, and more specifically the Pease Greeters, for the
warm welcome they provided my husband in the early hours of Saturday, May
2. His team left Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City on Friday, May 1,
for a four-month deployed tour.
dropping my husband off at base that Friday evening just more than three
weeks ago, I went home to wait, hoping he could call while en route.
Thankfully, he called at 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning, letting me know he
was safely at Pease/Portsmouth International Airport.
What he said next
brought joy to my heart. He told me the Pease Greeters had surprised them
when they landed, welcoming his team warmly to New Hampshire with more
than 100 individuals. All these people who took precious time out of their
schedules to prepare snacks and drinks for them, woke up extra early to
ensure they were there when his plane arrived and spent time thanking them
for their service to our country.
It gave me great peace
to close my eyes again that night three weeks ago and sleep knowing that
my husband was in good hands in New Hampshire. From their next stop in
Ireland, my husband e-mailed, "The people in NH. were absolutely
amazing. Never have I seen anything like that in my 25 years." What a
motivating feeling to take with him as he departed American soil, knowing
how grateful your community is of his team's service.
I wanted to say thank
you to your community for the time, effort, caring and heart they put into
greeting the planes full of military members as they depart for and arrive
back home from their deployed locations. Thank you for helping the
military members feel the duty they carry out is appreciated.
Pease Greeters, thank
you from the bottom of my heart, God bless; and on this Memorial Day
weekend, let us not forget those who have gone before and paid the
Wendy Doncaster Oklahoma
hope this letter finds you all doing well. As you know, I am currently on
6 month deployment to Joint Base Balad, Iraq. The Hospital I'm station at
is the Largest TRAUMA center in Iraq. Therefore, most of the injured
service member in Iraq come through our hospital for treatment and/or
evacuation. I work in the Intermediate Care Ward of the hospital, where we
have "20 American" beds and "20 Iraqi" beds for Iraqi
Police, Iraqi Army and host national patients.
The American patients are stabilized at our facility and moved forward to
our main hospital in Germany. I am blessed to be in a position to show
kindness, compassion, and empathy to our wounded soldiers.
Troops are doing an amazing job over here. I am amazed at the level of
courage and strength our troops display each and every day. The attitude
and morale of our troops is very good. Although I miss my family and
friends at home very much, I feel as though I am part of something much
bigger and much more important than I realized.
am sending the PEASE GREETERS a very special USA Flag, which has been
flown at the 332nd
EXPEDITIONARY MEDICAL GROUP HOSPITAL, FOR ONE DAY IN HONOR OF THE PEASE
GREETERS. I have also sent a special Citation.
particular flag honors our wounded and fallen soldiers who have made the
ultimate sacrifice for their country. It is with great honor and pride
that I present the "Gift". Please continue to keep all of our
soldiers in your thoughts and prayers.
M. Stone, Major. USAF, NC
have arrived! We had a long trip over--Matt dropped me off at about 0545
Thursday and I got to my room here at about 1600 local time. Long day and
I am on my last fumes, but glad that part of the journey is over. We are
all doing well. We had a tremendous experience that I would love to share
with you--our first stop after Robins was Pease in NH. We were told the
"Pease Greeters" were going to give us a reception when we
landed and to expect a receiving line. Most of us were fighting back the
tears--at least 100 people were lined along both sides of the breezeway to
thank us for our service. They were young and old--many VFW and their
families. Even a woman who had served in WWII in the Navy and was wearing
her service dress uniform. A 99 year old woman was there and had knitted 9
helmet liners for us. They had refreshments, phones for free phone calls,
gifts, candy, phone cards...we were all stunned. They got us together for
a group photo, brought everyone to attention in their group and saluted
us. I spoke with one man who said he remembered what happened in Vietnam
when the vets were spit on in the airports and streets and he said they
vowed that would never happen again and so they started this group. We
saluted them back and then we sang the national anthem. They also gave a
sweatshirt to the Army and AF troop commanders--the men who gave the
sweatshirts had the sweatshirts resting on their backs--they were signed
by everyone in the group--the sweatshirts were absolutely covered in
signatures--they leaned over to the Maj. and Lt Col and said "we want
you to know we would give you the shirts off our backs." I just can't
begin to describe this event! Just amazing. We were the 32nd rotator to
pass through this year and they have met every single one. They have been
to see the President and receive his thanks... these people are amazing. I
almost felt guilty that I am deploying for such a short time, and in
relative safety compared to my brothers on the ground. What a special
experience--one that none of us will ever forget. If you ever pass through
Pease, look for the 7 EACCS JSTARS patch with the aces playing cards, it's
mine and will be under the group photo of us in their memorial hallway.
Love to you all!
Support For Pease Greeters
Pease Greeters Care Package Program for our Deployed Troops, would like to
thank the Community of New Hampshire for its DAILY support of this
Program. We ship packages weekly to the troops and since Sept 2008 we have
shipped over 226 cartons and 2,919 pounds of Treats, Hygiene items and fun
stuff for the troops and we will continue to do this as long as needed.
very special Thank You to the many, many Citizens of the community who
daily drop off donations and inquire about this program. Thanks to all
those who Knit and Crochet hats for our men and woman, over 1200 to date.
Also, to the following companies who support us in this endeavor and to
those who have allowed community members to drop off items at their
business, Seacoast Media Group, Wal-Mart, Rte 1, Timberland Corp, Loco’s
Running, Keurig, Service Credit Union, Whaleback Systems, NH Motor
Speedway, Geno’s Chowder and Sandwich Shop, WERZ/WHEB, Breakfast Hill
Golf Course, Greenland Library, Martinelli’s, Concord Police Dept, NH
Asst. Attorney Generals Office, Beefside Restaurant, Penny Press, Pease
Tenants Association, Belnap Dental Associates, Tom’s of Maine, Dr. Paul
Harvey, Kathleen Gregoire Salon, Coastal Dental, Dr. George, Dr. Osario,
G. Willikers, the countless schools, churches in the area, Cub Scouts,
Brownies, who have collected items and who make cards to put in the Care
Packages, which the Troops LOVE !!!!
are so many that support us and I apologize if I have missed any of you.
my team, who are ready, willing and able to pack and pick up donations all
over the State, I thank you also for your time and support.
hope that this email reaches all of you in good health and spirits. I have
emailed several individuals from the PEASE greeters and attempted to
convey our deepest sense of gratitude for the amazing support your
organization has given us from before we even left the United States
(Portsmouth, NH), up until the present day.
are overwhelmed with the amount of Patriotism displayed by stateside
organizations for our Soldiers deployed forward. Sometimes the media sends
the wrong message to Soldiers with what they publish and broadcast because
they tend to highlight those Americans with dissent toward the government,
Soldiers, and our current
in the Middle East.
truth of it is that Soldiers find their strength from family, friends, and
groups like your own, who strive to encourage and raise the morale of
those who have been deployed. From the simplest cards to the care
packages, it is the gesture in and of itself that reaches the hearts of
all of us. I will not, and cannot, compare my experiences with those who
have had harder times in more chaotic places and conflicts, but I will
speak for them when I say that each flag waving American is a breath of
fresh air. I thank you for the kind words in your cards, because they
remind me of friends. I thank you for your support, because it reminds me
of family. And I thank you for your continued energy and strength, because
it reminds me of my better half at home. So I thank you for all you have
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