“Thank you very much for your gift! I appreciate you think of us while we are out at sea. Happy holiday’s from the Middle East.”
CPO Cozy A
“On the Somerset we received 11 care packages from Saddleback Church. The boxes were disseminated amongst the Marines and Sailors in the battalion and they are very grateful because of it. Diane Reece was the name on the paper work and if you have a means of contacting her I’d like to thank her for the morale boost. I’d also like to thank you for coordinating everything that is coming in.”
Master Sergeant S.
“I am writing to you to thank you for the support of my company of soldiers here at Qayyarah West Airbase. You have been supporting elements of an engineer task force assigned to the 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne. These soldiers were assigned by our organic Army Reserve battalion (the 863rd Engineer Battalion) in order to assist the 101st Airborne with construction a new base. These soldiers come from 3 separate companies of the 863rd Engineer Battalion: the 282 Engineer Company, 176 EN Company, and Forward Support Company.
My engineers began this process of reconstructing an airbase from the rubble and ruins that were left many months ago. Out here, we have very few amenities; simple things such as snacks, hygiene items, etc. are difficult to come by. Your enduring support of my engineers continues to lift their morale, especially around the holiday season. I’m sure you can imagine that this time of the year is quite difficult, made even more difficult by the limited connectivity at our present location.
Thank you all for taking the time to think of us. Wish us well and pray for us as we continue to support local forces in defeating this evil enemy that has plagued the world for much too long. God bless.”
Very Respectfully, 1LT Brayton K
“We have just received your goodie bags and we are all really thankful for all you have done. I believe and receive all your prayers in Jesus name. Could you please keep my family and myself in your prayers? We really need all the prayers we can get. I’ve been preaching God’s word to everyone around me, hopefully those seeds will grow. Thank you for your time I will keep all of you in my prayers. Thank you so much.”
Semper Fi, Sgt Tommy M
“I would like to send my most sincere appreciation to you and your team at Saddleback Church. This is my second deployment with this unit and your organization has been awesome to the troops. I wish I could have everyone in our unit email their appreciation to you, but not everyone has an email account. So on the behalf of all Marines assigned to CLB 11, thank you.”
Respectfully Submitted, MSgt
“I just wanted to say thank you very much for all the wonderful goodies! We all ran to see what was inside, just like little kids opening gifts on Christmas morning!”
~ Jake G, SrA, USAF, Germany
“Thank you for inviting us to the appreciation lunch yesterday. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I am always impressed with the amount of volunteers that come out and help put things together for our service members. You all definitely go above and beyond the call of duty to support us and we are truly grateful. I can’t thank you enough for all you do. We look forward to continue working alongside.”
“Thank you so much to you and your church for our baby gift basket. I work with Christine Winicki and when she dropped this off, I must admit, I was truly amazed by your thoughtfulness. Thank you all so much for your time, prayers and generosity. Our new baby girl, Shelby Rose is doing well along with “mama bear” and we feel very blessed. Best wishes to you and Saddleback Church.”
~ Lt. Col. Patrick M
“Ya’ll have been one of the largest blessings in our lives and leaving ya’ll has been the hardest thing to cope with as it’s like leaving family. You’ve provided smiles, chit chat, friendly and safe places as well as food and gifts for under the tree and amazing blankets and quilts to cuddle with [at Coffee & Chat.] You’ve all been such a huge part of my and my girls lives and I’m thankful for every single one of you. I can’t wait to check in and hear all the amazing things you are all doing. We love and will miss you all.”
Catherine, Riley and Regan