March 22, 2010
Dear Sirs and Ma’ams,
I just want to thank you so much for the two incredible boxes of supplies I received in the mail today. From the snacks to the toiletries, the entertainment, to most importantly the personal touches such as the prayer shawl, I want to thank you. There are way more goodies than I would ever use, so I want to let you know that you made not only me, but also the two other US army personnel, two Italian officers, a Spanish officer, and a Lithuanian officer all very happy today with the great surprises due to your generosity.
There are few things we look forward to here on a regular basis. Phone calls, e-mails/Skype, and care packages are definitely at the top of the list. Thank you for bringing a lot of joy to this day and many days to come.
Also, I tried to attach a few pictures to this e-mail, but my computing/e-mail capabilities are very limited here, and unfortunately I could not attach any files. If it’s OK, I’ll forward a few pictures to you once I return to Virginia near the end of May, OK?
Thanks again for everything!
Lt Col Tim Rittenhouse
J7 Training Officer
Camp Arena, Herat, Afghanistan
May 18, 2010
Hello again to you all,
I just want to thank you again for the care packages and messages you sent to us while I was in Afghanistan. You sent some great stuff that we had a difficult time getting ahold of, as well as just some general comfort items that were greatly appreciated by myself and many of the troops I worked with. Just being in your thoughts helped keep our spirits up and keep us focused on the long term goals.
As promised, I want to send you a few pictures from my deployment. These are all from the Herat area in western Afghanistan. I spent 6 months there, but I happily returned home to the Washington DC area yesterday morning. It was a great reunion with my family, especially my 22-month old son.
Picture 5102 – I like this picture because it shows a couple of children tentatively coming up to one of our vehicles; we loved to interact with the local population, especially the children, but I like how this picture captures the hesitant first beginnings when we met people
Picture 5106 – me with some children near Shindand, Afghanistan
Picture 5189 – my Mom sent me a couple of boxes of shoes when she noticed in pictures that many of the children were barefoot; I gave the shoes to the district police chief in Herat to pass out to local children, and this is one picture from that event
Picture 5211 – meeting with the governor and other local officials in Herat to initiate development efforts
Picture J9 – a picture of our office who greatly appreciated your generosity!
Thank you again for your thoughtfulness!