troop letter: Cigar Night
May 05, 2011
Bob, the humidor is very nice - almost too nice for the field
I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the quick and plentiful supply of pogy-bait and cigars. We have some serious cigar smokers here and when I saw them drooling over the Colonel’s “stash” I told them it was from you and that we would be enjoying a Cigar Night once we get settled on mission on the 8th of May. We have our very first combat mission on the 8th-12th in the lower hills of north Helmond Province in Sangin District. We are flying out on the morning of the 8th in mass. Once we get settled, we will say a prayer (yes we pray) and then punch the first team out on S&D. Upon their return at zero-dark thirty, we will strike up a cigar. The goodies made their way into the backpacks of the first 20 who saw me open the box! I was like Santa Claus handing out treats to good little boys who will soon be men with their virginity broken from the Spring Offensive.
Bob, the humidor is very nice - almost too nice for the field - again thank you. It’s the one touch of class that will be accompanying us into the field. I’ll have the 1stSgt. take charge of it. The USMC insignia on top of it made my day. Please accept my appreciation as well as that of my troops. We will be using it in good spirits.