Headquarters, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division
Contingency Operating Base Sepicher, Iraq
APO AE 09393
Dear Golden Brigade,
Not too long ago we received the gifts you sent for Project Christmas in Combat. I cannot say thank you enough for the support you have shown the soldiers who will be spending this Christmas away from their families. I am continually humbled by the support from so many back home for us at Camp Speicher in Iraq. It is always overwhelming to see the people who do not know us by name, but are willing to pray for us and send us presents at Christmas, letting us know we are not forgotten. Thank you very much!
The other chaplains and assistants and I took some pictures with the presents and I have included the best one. We will also be taking some pictures on Christmas Day with other soldiers. I will send some of them to you as well.
Thank you again for all the support you and the entire Golden Brigade crew have shown us Panthers.
On Christmas day the gifts you sent will be distributed to over 4,000 soldiers and US service members on North Speicher. I am confident that every service member will feel the warmth of Christmas because of your support for all of us here.
May this Christmas be more treasured knowing that you have helped bring the spirit of Christmas to US service members in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom 2006.
In His Grip!
DERRICK E. RIGGS
CHAPLAIN (MAJOR), USA