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Back from Iraq! Our adopted soldiers from the 108th MP Company arrive home safely

Here is some news that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face: Just before midnight last Thursday, all the soldiers from the 108th Military Police (MP) Company (Airborne) arrived home in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, after a year-long deployment to Iraq. We are so glad they are back in the USA, safe and sound. 

This homecoming is especially meaningful to the volunteers in our Adopt an MP program. These fantastic Americans (plus one outstanding Australian) ‘adopted’ 38 unmarried soldiers from the 108th MP Company, sending letters and care packages month after month. Their creativity was impressive. One person sent multiple shipments of boxed macaroni and cheese at the request of her soldier, while another sent water balloon toys. And one family sent Duck tape, reasoning that “ ... it’s something you can never have too much of ... ” We hope the little bits of home we sent overseas gave these young men and women something to smile about too. 

Although they didn’t do it for glory or recognition, we’d like to give a big Hooah! to the Adopt an MP volunteers. There aren’t a lot of people who would do what they did: spend time and money over the course of an entire year to make sure a stranger feels honored and remembered. A million thank yous to these fine folks:

Becky, Gayla, Franni, Clesha, Sandy, Connie, Michele, Suzanne, Mari, Jennifer, Jodi, Sue, Chris, Jody, Sarah, Deborah, Elizabeth, Ellena, Sheila, Bette, Julianne, Judi, Max, Joni, Tom, Joleigh, Kristene, Charmaine, Ron, Anna, Frank, Jordan, Wendy, and Debbie.

Goodbye, Iraq! Welcome home, soldiers of the 108th MP Company! This banner from Jackson and Abigail was just one of many items that made their way to deployed soldiers as part of our Adopt an MP program.

Reader Comments (4)

WELCOME HOME 108th! I hope you each have a wonderful reunion with your family and friends, and smooth transitions to your next assignments. YOU ROCK!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

It was a pleasure and a joy to be involved.

So very happy they are all home safe :)


March 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermari

This was an amazing experiance. Thanks to you Christine for organizing it.

March 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecky Johnson

Christine - hope you don't mind that I have linked your page on my blog @


March 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermari

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