Supporters of HMLA-169,
On behalf of all of the Marines and Sailors of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, I want to thank each and every one of you for your support over the last 6 months. Your letters and packages have made our deployment in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM more rewarding and a bit easier, and for this I am eternally grateful.
We are approaching the point in our deployment where we should no longer be sent any mail or packages for they will most likely be returned. The day that we are passing to our Marines and Sailors is 15 September. Past this date, there is a good chance that any letter or package that gets sent will be returned, and I do not want anyone to waste money on postage, for I know that postage is a considerable expense.
I also want to take a moment to let you know that it has been my honor and privilege to have been the conduit between all of you and the Marines and Sailors of this unit. This has been an extremely rewarding experience in that I was the one who received the credit for your work in bringing a smile to the Marines’ and Sailors’ faces as they: ate a popsicle or snack; read a donated magazine or book; picked out a tube of toothpaste (this saved them a ¼ mile walk each way in the blazing sun); read one of the children’s books to their son or daughter; or received an American flag for doing a job well done.
These acts may seem rather mundane, but all of them were either something that improved our Marines’ and Sailors’ lives or reminded them of what we have back in the United States waiting for us. These are very powerful motivational items and we have you to thank!
In closing, I want you all to know that it has been my pleasure to correspond with each and every one of you. The letters, packages and emails that were sent were truly inspiring. I have had the privilege to communicate with a wide range of Americans from all across the United States and you all had one common link – undying patriotism! You should all be extremely proud of yourselves – for you have contributed to our nation’s War on Terror. In our modern times, it is not just the men and women in the military that go forward and fight the wars but the men, women and children who stand behind them that are needed to win these wars.