Care packages being sent to National Guard troops

Care packages being sent to National Guard troops

By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
They’re everyday items we take for granted.
But a small gift of hygiene items or candy would mean a lot to a soldier serving in Kuwait.
The Family Readiness Group of the Tennessee Army National Guard’s 913th Engineer Co. is currently collecting items for inclusion in care packages to be sent to the unit.
The 164 soldiers from the Union City-based 913th Engineer Co. have been in Kuwait since Oct. 9. They left Union City the morning of Aug. 18 for a 12-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and spent over a month training at Fort Bliss, Texas, and in the New Mexico desert before flying to the Middle East.
After getting settled in Kuwait, all of the 913th’s platoons were assigned various construction operations and horizontal construction missions to be completed in the months ahead.
The unit is part of the 194th Engineer Brigade.
Company commander Capt. Jacob Partridge told The Messenger via email that although all necessities for the soldiers are available in Kuwait, any care packages from home are greatly appreciated.
“The thought put into the care packages is appreciated much more than the actual items,” he said.
Partridge said things that are good for care packages include basic personal hygiene items; non-perishable food items, such as country ham and dried beans for soup, chips, dried fruits, candy or other snacks; books; and entertainment items such as movies or games.
Any churches, organizations, businesses or individuals in the community who like to donate items are being asked to have them to the National Guard armory on East Reelfoot Avenue in Union City by Thursday of next week so they can be packed and sent overseas to the unit, according to an email message from Sarah Kay, president of the 913th’s Family Readiness Group.
Partridge told The Messenger he is appreciative for the interest shown in the local unit.
Earlier this month, he expressed pride and confidence in the unit’s soldiers and said it feels good for them to “finally be actively engaged in the mission that we have been preparing them for over the last year.”
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Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 11.25.11

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