An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

HomeNewsroomNewsArticle Display

Article - Article View

Team Pete groups join to support deployed Airmen

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Peterson Airmen put together holiday gift bags for 300 joint base and multinational personnel in support of the Operation Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. A collaborative effort between the Peterson 5/6 Council, Air Force Space Command Headquarters A2/3/6 Booster Club, and the Peterson AFB Company Grade Officer Council  packaged 300 individual bags Nov. 18, 2015 in a few hours, which filled 12 large boxes when they were complete. (U.S. Air Force photo by Craig Denton)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Peterson Airmen put together holiday gift bags for 300 joint base and multinational personnel in support of the Operation Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. A collaborative effort between the Peterson 5/6 Council, Air Force Space Command Headquarters A2/3/6 Booster Club, and the Peterson AFB Company Grade Officer Council packaged 300 individual bags Nov. 18, 2015 in a few hours, which filled 12 large boxes when they were complete. (U.S. Air Force photo by Craig Denton)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Airman 1st Class Bianca Arreguin, 21st Force Support Squadron career development specialist, tapes a box filled with goodies for deployed service members, Nov. 18, 2015. A total of 12 large boxes were filled with items from lotions to candy and holiday decorations in support of the Operation Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Craig Denton)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Airman 1st Class Bianca Arreguin, 21st Force Support Squadron career development specialist, tapes a box filled with goodies for deployed service members, Nov. 18, 2015. A total of 12 large boxes were filled with items from lotions to candy and holiday decorations in support of the Operation Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Craig Denton)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- For those deployed around the globe, even the most simple, typical creature comforts can become important when they are not accessible. To help a little bit around the holidays, three groups from Peterson Air Force Base are stepping in to share some spirit.

In collaboration with the Peterson 5/6 Council, Air Force Space Command Headquarters A2/3/6 Booster Club and the Peterson Company Grade Officers' Council put together gifts bags for 300 joint service and multinational personnel to support Operation Resolute Support Mission Afghanistan 2015. The project is a joint service morale event.

"We wanted to do this because we all have, or most likely will have, a time when we will be away from our families during the holidays," said Tech. Sgt. Kristal Coleman, 21st Force Support Squadron, one of the event coordinators. "It's important for us to provide support for our fellow brothers and sisters in arms."

The idea to send the packages formed within the Peterson 5/6 council. A former member of the group reached out to request donations for deployed personnel during the holidays. Deciding it was a good cause the 5/6 group partnered with the other clubs to gather donations to fill the bags and assemble them for shipping.

Putting the 300 individual bags together took a few hours when the group got together Nov. 18. The completed bags filled 12 large boxes, Coleman said. They will be mailed to the deployed recipients in time for the holidays.

The treats and personal items were donated from various sources around base over the span of a few weeks Coleman said. Which items to send was based on requests from deployed personnel. Working from a list of requested items allows each bag to have more bang for the buck, because the items meet needs and wants and won't be put aside in "community boxes."

The bags have a mix of useful personal items and comforting snacks. Example of the contents include M&Ms, granola bars; various types of gum, beef jerky, fruit candies, flavor packets for water, air fresheners, lip balm, travel-sized lotion and hand sanitizer. To provide holiday ambiance some decorations to be used in personal spaces are found in the bags. Rounding out the care packages are holiday notes from area school children.

Anyone intending to send care packages to deployed troops for the holidays should follow the advice of numerous web sites and the example of the 5/6 club: ask the recipient for some suggestions. Some items, like chocolate, may not travel well in certain seasons, while other items may be readily available at the deployed locations.
For more ideas visit: http://www.militaryspot.com/news/christmas-care-packages/

Peterson SFB Schriever SFBCheyenne Mountain SFSThule AB New Boston SFS Kaena Point SFS Maui