Three more fallen Ft. Lewis Warriors

September 28, 2009 at 5:58 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Rest in Peace Brave Warriors. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of these 3 brave soldiers and all of the courageous men and women still in harms way. 

“Three Fort Lewis soldiers, including one from Bellevue, were killed Thursday in Afghanistan, the military announced Saturday.

Sgt. Titus R. Reynolds, Sgt. Edward B. Smith and Spc. Joseph V. White died when a bomb exploded near their Stryker in Omar Zai, Afghanistan. The three served with 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, which has served in southeastern Afghanistan since July.

Fifteen of the brigade’s 3,900 soldiers have been killed since it deployed in July; all but one death has been the result of roadside bombs detonating near a vehicle or during a foot patrol.”  

 

 

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Gold Star Mother’s Day

September 28, 2009 at 5:44 am | Posted in Veteran Support | Leave a comment
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Today is Gold Star Mothers Day, a day to honor and remember the mothers who have lost a child in wartime military service.  Soldiers’ Angels strives to support these mothers and families every day of the year, and is honored to draw particular attention to them on this special day recognizing their service and sacrifice.

Gold Star Mothers Day began in 1994 under President Clinton and has been continued by his successors.  This year’s proclamation reads as follows:

The sacrifices of our military servicemembers are etched in the walls of our monuments and felt at empty dinner tables across America. To those who have given their lives for our country, we honor them as guardians of our liberty and pay tribute to their valiant service. As our Nation remembers our fallen men and women in uniform, we also recognize the profound loss and sorrow of the family members they leave behind.

Few know the honor of service and the costs of war more than Gold Star Mothers and Families. They have given our Nation their most precious treasure, and we remain forever in their debt. Honoring the memory of their lost loved ones, these extraordinary individuals dedicate themselves to helping heal the hearts of other military families who bear the great burden of loss. Through their strength and service, they emulate their loved one’s selfless dedication to our country.

On this day, we express immense gratitude and profound respect for Gold Star Mothers and Families. Our country’s fallen heroes left the comfort of home so that we might know a more peaceful world. They endured extreme hardship so that we might enjoy freedom. They made the ultimate sacrifice so that we might be safe. They represent the best of America. In their memory, may we fulfill our solemn obligation to continue their work of securing a safer, freer world for generations to come.

Angels & Warriors – A great day!

September 23, 2009 at 5:28 pm | Posted in Fisher Houses, General Troop Support, Veteran Support | 1 Comment
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 ” The soldiers who are placed in the Warrior Transition Battalion need six months or more of complex medical care. They come from different Army units, and some will remain in the Army after their time in the battalion, while others will eventually return to civilian life.”  The goal of this organizational day was to create a fun, morale boosting  event for the entire battalion of  warriors and their families.  Soldiers’ Angels was honored to donate all the prizes for this event and to help with the volunteering on the day.  If you didn’t help out this time, I highly recommend rolling up your sleeves and being a part of future events for the WTB.  They are an inspiring and  wonderful group of people to spend time with. 

 

Angels Cindi and Meagan were making the rounds!

Angels Cindi and Meagan were making the rounds!

 

Amazing athletics from the wounded warriors

Amazing athletics from the wounded warriors

 

This would be so hard! Amazing demonstration of the Wounded warrior adaptive sports program.

This would be so hard! Amazing demonstration of the Wounded warrior adaptive sports program.


Our roving angels met lots of great people and dogs!

Our roving angels met lots of great people and dogs!

Lots of hungry people!

Lots of hungry people!

The fabulous cotton candy made by our wonderful Cotton Candy Angel Jewell

Happy recipients of the fabulous cotton candy made by our wonderful Cotton Candy Angel Jewell

Good to the last drop!

Good to the last drop!

 

 

A gorgeous setting for the WTBs Organizational Day

A gorgeous setting for the WTB's Organizational Day

 

Warriors and families were out fishing and boating. Soldiers Angels just recently donated Electric Fishing Reels to ensure that more wounded warriors could be included and enjoy fishing excursions.  Also Check out all the wonderful things happening with Project Healing Waters. http://www.projecthealingwaters.org

Warriors and families were out fishing and boating. Soldiers' Angels just recently donated Electric Fishing Reels to ensure that more wounded warriors could be included and enjoy fishing excursions. Also Check out all the wonderful things happening with Project Healing Waters. http://www.projecthealingwaters.org

Great sports and lots of fun!

Great sports and lots of fun!

THE GAMES WERE A GREAT HIT! Thank you to SOLDIERS’ ANGELS for donating ALL the games for this event, including that huge monkey you see that many were trying so hard to win! 

Volunteers hard at work Before ........

Volunteers hard at work Before ........

......and after!

......and after!

Volunteers were awesome!

Volunteers were awesome!

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Angels connecting!

Angels connecting!

Possibly the biggest bouncy castle EVER!

Possibly the biggest bouncy castle EVER!

Angels Jewell & Julie - Rocked the snow cones & Cotton candy all day.  Jewell looked like cotton candy at the end of the day!!

Angels Jewell & Julie - Rocked the snow cones & Cotton candy all day. Jewell looked like cotton candy at the end of the day!! Thank you to all the angels who were able to roam through the festivities and get pictures. (Jessica,Cindi,Meagan)

 

A very long line of hungry and yet patient people.

A very long line of hungry and yet patient people. I never heard one complaint which should be a lesson to us all.

Prayers go to the Families of Stryker Fallen

September 20, 2009 at 7:36 pm | Posted in General Troop Support, Veteran Support | Leave a comment
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The Fort Lewis PAO released additional information about 5-2 Stryker soldiers killed in Afghanistan.  Prayers go out to the family and friends of these brave soldiers, may they rest in peace. 

“FORT LEWIS, Wash. – The Department of Defense announced today the death of two Soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. 1st Lt. David T. Wright, II, 26, of Moore, Okla., and Sgt. Andrew H. McConnell, 24, of Carlisle, Pa. died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device Sept. 14 in southern Afghanistan. The Soldiers were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash. The brigade deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in July, 2009.

According to unit records, Wright enlisted in the U.S. Army Feb. 16, 2007. He attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a second lieutenant on Aug. 2, 2007. Wright completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, Ga., and reported Fort Lewis, Wa., on Aug. 7, 2008, where he was assigned to the 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. This was his first deployment.

Wright’s civilian and military education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Oklahoma (2006), the Infantry Officer Basic Course (2008), Army Combatives Level I training (2008), Air Assault Qualification Course (2008), and Airborne Qualification Course (2008). His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Media, Airborne badge and Air Assault badge.

According to unit records, McConnell enlisted October 25, 2005.at Harrisburg, Pa., and reported to Fort Benning, Ga. for initial entry training. Upon graduation, he reported to Fort Bragg, North Carolina on March 13, 2006. He reported to Fort Lewis, Wash. on Jan. 31, 2007, where he was assigned to the 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. This was his first deployment.

McConnell’s civilian and military education includes a High school diploma, 60+ hours college credit (2005), the Military Occupational Specialty 11B: Infantryman Qualification Course (2005), Airborne Qualification Course (2005), Warrior Leader Course (2006), and Combat Lifesaver Course (2007). His awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal (four awards), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Expert Infantryman Badge, and Air Assault Badge.”

The Sentinel Online : News : Local : Family remembers fallen soldier

September 20, 2009 at 3:04 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Sentinel Online : News : Local : Family remembers fallen soldier

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Fort Lewis loses two more soldiers

September 7, 2009 at 6:34 am | Posted in Fisher Houses, General Troop Support, Veteran Support | Leave a comment
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RIP Staff Sgt. Todd W Seige and Spc. Jordan M.Shay

From the source FOB Tacoma

Department of Defense announced today.

The soldiers were identified as Staff Sgt. Todd W. Selge, 25, of Burnsville, Minn., and Spc. Jordan M. Shay, 22, of Salisbury, Mass.

Both were assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, which is stationed at Fort Lewis.

The vehicle crash occurred in Baqubah, Iraq. The incident is under investigation.

The soldiers’ unit deployed to Iraq in early August, Fort Lewis officials reported.”

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Dellona Selge
Selge defended U.S. operations in Iraq in an April 27, 2007 commentary article for the military site,www.army.mil/news:

“We are the ones who live the conflict every day, who see the progress day to day. We are the ones who experience the sorrows, deal face to face with the people and see the enemy’s effort to undo every good thing the Iraqi people and coalition forces have done. What all Soldiers want is to succeed in the mission and go home to our Families. The things we do each day allow us to do just that.”

“He definitely was very positive,” she said. “He never looked at anything negatively. He … had a real zest for life. He loved a good political debate, and he loved talking about religion. … He loved talking about the real sensitive subjects that a lot of people steer away from.”

Our prayers are with the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Todd Selge 

 

 

 

 

Specialist Jordan M.Shay

 

Jordan Shay, pictured in a  photo...

“Jordan was the most wonderful kid I have ever met. He was kind, he was considerate, he was thoughtful, He was full of adventure,’ Palmer said. “He is greatly missed, but we are also proud of him. We are also proud of the choice he’s made. He died for a very good reason. He died for his country. He loved his country.’’

She added, “now I know the sacrifice and the suffering and the loss that goes along with dying for your country — and I am still proud of Jordan.”

  

Alex Horton from Army of Dude sent me an email earlier with this sad news: I regret to inform you that Jordan Shay, the creator of the blog Through Amber Lenses, was killed in Baqubah, Iraq on Wednesday in an apparent rollover accident. Jordan was new to blogging, writing only 16 posts since May. He was in my sister company but I never met him. He was a very talented writer on his third deployment, all at the age of 22. His blog is at: http://throughamberlenses.blogspot.com/

 

God bless Jordan and his family and friends. 

Spc Shay is survived by his mom Holly, his stepdad Bruce, his aunt Dawn Palmer, and his longtime girlfriend Kelsey Chandonnet.

 

Rest in Peace Brave Warriors

September 2, 2009 at 9:02 pm | Posted in General Troop Support | Leave a comment
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The Department of Defense releases the following information of more sobering news for the 5-2BCT  Our prayers are with the family, friends and all those in the 5-2BCT.  

 

News Release #091-09 September 2, 2009

Fort Lewis releases additional information about 5-2 Stryker Brigade Soldier 

FORT LEWIS, Wash. — According to the Dept. of Defense, Spc. Tyler R. Walshe, 21, of Shasta, Calif., died Aug. 31 in southern Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.

According to unit records, Walshe enlisted on enlisted October 26, 2006 at Portland, Oregon. He reported to Fort Benning, Ga. for initial entry training on Nov. 17, 2006. Upon graduation, he reported Fort Lewis, Wa. on March 17, 2007, where he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. The unit deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in July, 2009. This was his first deployment.

Walshe’s civilian and military education includes a high school diploma (2006), and the Military Occupational Specialty 11B: Infantryman qualification course (2007).

His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, and Army Service Ribbon, and Combat Infantryman Badge.

On behalf of the entire Fort Lewis military and civilian community, we extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Spc. Walshe.


 

News Release #092-09 September 2, 2009

Fort Lewis releases additional information about 5-2 Stryker Brigade Soldiers 

FORT LEWIS, Wash. — According to the Dept. of Defense, Spc. Jonathan D. Welch, 19, of Yorba Linda, Calif., and Pfc. Jordan M. Brochu, 20, of Cumberland, Maine, died Aug. 31 in Shuyene Sufia, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. The soldiers were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash. The unit deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in July, 2009.

According to unit records, Welch enlisted March 30, 2007 at Los Angeles, Calif. He reported to Fort Benning, Ga. for initial entry training on May 31, 2007. Upon graduation, he reported Fort Lewis, Wa. on Oct. 3, 2007, where he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment of the 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. This was his first deployment.

Welch’s civilian and military education includes a High School diploma (2007), and the Military Occupational Specialty 11B: Infantryman qualification course (2007).

His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, and Army Service Ribbon


According to unit records, Brochu enlisted Aug. 19, 2008 at Portland, Maine. He reported to Fort Benning, Ga. for initial entry training on Sept. 5, 2009. Upon graduation, he reported Fort Lewis, Wa. on January 5, 2009, where he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment of the 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. This was his first deployment.

Brochu’s military education includes the Military Occupational Specialty 11B: Infantryman qualification course (2008). Information about his civilian education was not annotated in his unit records.

His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal.”

 

Our deepest sympathies to the friends and family of   Spc. Tyler R. Walshe, Spc. Jonathan D. Welch, and Pfc. Jordan M. Brochu. 

Portraits of Love

September 1, 2009 at 6:53 pm | Posted in General Troop Support | Leave a comment
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Underwitten by Fujifilm: Soldiers’ Angels  and over 275 professional photographers of the PhotoImaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMDA) have teamed up to send a piece of home to our deployed troops–just in time for the winter holidays–through an effort dubbed Portraits of Love.

Volunteer photographers across the country are opening their studios this September to offer free portraits to military families who have a loved one deployed overseas. The portraits will be uploaded to pmdaportraitsoflove.com , and a free print will be sent to the family member in Iraq, Afghanistan or wherever they are deployed around the world. The ultimate goal is to send 10,000 free family portraits.

“This project is the photo industry’s way of giving back to our soldiers, and thanking them for the sacrifices they have made for our country,” said Jerry Grossman, the president of the PMDA who has spearheaded the effort. “Our industry is uniquely qualified to bring an important piece of home to our soldiers, and we’re pleased to be able to organize this effort.”

“It’s incredible how motivating a simple family photograph can be to a soldier who is far from home,” said Soldiers’ Angel Toby Nunn, who has served two tours in Iraq. “This volunteer effort is one more way that we can help our soldiers cope with their situation,” he said.

Military family members can find participating photographers in their areas by visiting the Potraits of Love website (in order to attend the portrait session, families will need military IDs). Photographers interested in volunteering their time can also sign up on the site.

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