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Supporting Our Troops Overseas

F 1/11 Care Packages

14 July 2010

Dear Can People,

It is with deep appreciation that I write this letter to thank you foryour generosity and thoughtfulness in sending our Marines and Sailors care packages filled with wonderful goodies! We distributed the contentswith great delight, thinking about your kind gesture and well-wishes.

We have the privilege of serving alongside some of the finest young menour country has to offer.On behalf of myself and the men whose day you brightened with your care package, thank you! It is our honor to serve you and our country.

We are an artillery battalion home-based at Camp Pendleton, CA now basedat Fire Base Fiddler's Green in Helmand Province, Afghanistan and havebeen here for a little over two months, with about four months to go. We were especially delighted to get your package and to find out in your letter that the first unit you ever sent a package to was Bravo Battery,1/11 because they are here with us!

As you can imagine it is quite hot here - it's normally well over 100 degrees and we've already hit 120+ a few times, and it's barely summeryet. The running joke is, 'you know you're in Afghanistan when the temperature tops out at 100 and you're happy about that.

The landscape in this portion of Afghanistan is desolate and sparse,though there are some spots of green along the River; and a couple hundred miles north of here there are some beautiful places inthe mountains. I'm from the San Fernando Valley (not too far from you folks) so it's quite a change from home. There is some irrigated agriculture down here, crops such as wheat and corn which are replacing poppy/opium/heroin production. Our main effort here is to win hearts and minds through goodwill gestures such as digging wells and providing local security.

Our Marines are in good spirits and thankfully we have not taken any serious casualties since being here, only a few concussions from roadside bomb blasts. It is dangerous but I have every faith and confidence in the abilities and training of our Marines. Knowing that there are folks such as yourself back home who truly appreciate the sacrifices we are making helps to make the time feel worthwhile.

At Your Service,
1/11 HQ Btry Main

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