Cumbria Letters

Dear Ryan,

Thank you and all the other people in ‘SOS’ for sending all of us Christmas boxes last year.  I received mine on Christmas morning along with the other British personnel out here in Kabul.  It was a nice surprise to open a box full of British food and other treats.  The majority of the people that we are working with out here are American, which tends to dictate the type of food that is available on the base!

I am currently out in Kabul as part of the NATO mission, now called Resolute Support, which will remain in Afghanistan for at least the next two years in order to train, advise and assist the Afghan Army and Police.  I will be coming home in March at the end of my six month deployment and handing over to another British Army officer.  Kabul is a bustling city of some four million people, with more than its fair share of poverty, corruption and pollution!  The last time that I was in Kabul was twelve years ago and I have to say that the situation is now very much better than it was Bach then.
Please pass on my thanks to everyone back in the UK who was involved in putting the Christmas boxes together and sending them out to us, and a happy new year to you all.
Yours sincerely,
P***** W******
Lieutenant Colonel
Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

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Dear Ryan

A quick note of thanks for the kind donations of goodie boxes received this Christmas to you and all concerned.   The boxes do make a difference to us all away from Family and Friends at this time of year and it is lovely to think that we are being though of whilst are away doing our bit.

From all the Engineering Team of Fort Austin were your efforts were much appreciated thank you.

Regards Stu

 

Dear Mr Winthrop   I would like to thank you on behalf of all those deployed in Afghanistan for the Support Our Soldiers’ gift boxes that you and your team thoughtfully put together so that we could receive them on Christmas Day – we did and they were a huge success. You will be aware that the British Press has made much of the British drawdown in Afghanistan after thirteen years of operations, but we are still here in good numbers committed to the new NATO mission of RESOLUTE SUPPORT. This operation is all about training, advising and assisting the Afghan Security Forces and developing the capability of Afghan institutions; it is an important task and greatly appreciated by the majority of Afghans. It is certainly a most rewarding task and one British servicemen and women enjoy and are particularly apt at delivering. Having spent Christmas Day visiting troops I was once again struck by the professionalism, commitment and sense of humour our servicemen and women display in abundance – it is a huge privilege and honour to serve with such individuals, they do their nation proud. We do our best to celebrate Christmas and your gift boxes were an important part of this; they gave the sailors, soldiers and airmen a real sense that people at home, people they have never met, care for them and appreciate the sacrifices they make on behalf of the nation. We are all truly grateful for this extraordinary gesture of kindness. Can I also reassure you that you have got the content of the boxes spot on; I know how difficult it is to cater for all age groups and tastes, but there really is something for everyone and some exceptionally useful gifts. Please pass on my thanks to all those who have played their part in lifting the morale of deployed British troops at Christmas. Your thoughtfulness, kindness and effort are appreciated by one and all. I wish you all the very best for 2015. From Brigadier ************

 

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Hello I am a serving soldier in Afghanistan , I’m a royal engineer and I have been receiving your parcels and would just like to say thank you very much , they certainly do make a difference. Thank you for all your support. Cumbria 108

 

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