troop letter: deployed elsewhere
January 13, 2012
everyone greatly appreciated and took advantage of the thoughtfully provisioned packages
I hope everyone has successfully and happily survived the Holidaze Our Provincial Development Support Team (PDST) finally closed down its operating base and convoyed down to Bagram on 31 December. Of course, we had the obligatory rocket attacks that evening. I guess it was the Taliban’s way of welcoming in the New Year. However, Bagram is so huge you actually have to go looking for the impact sites.
Our base closure was truly unexpected and caught everyone off guard.
Right now, we are in the process of turning in equipment and trying to get “re-missioned” as our tour of duty is through May/June. Some Soldiers are going back early and some most probably will remain for the duration, which is what most of us want to do.
With saying this we are seeing the very few Soldiers that are assigned to us being scattered throughout the metropolis known as Bagram in support of their new missions. I have received three new boxes since our December arrival and since are numbers are almost non-existent I have been donating the contents to the Red Cross. Fortunately, they have an office upstairs to the office I am using as a temporary place of employment. My new assignment is actually in progress currently and I will only using this terminal to wrap up last minute admin issues.
It is was great sorrow that I have to respectively ask for a cessation of care package shipments since there will be almost no one to receive and distribute them to a group. Everyone is either leaving within the next ten days or will be deployed elsewhere. I know I speak for everyone that was assigned to Panjshir or visited our base as everyone greatly appreciated and took advantage of the thoughtfully provisioned packages.
As always, please convey my and my unit’s thank you to everyone involved in getting those care packages to all our U.S. military personnel.
Take care and again thank you,