Newly Adopted Iraq Troops Thank Legion for Support

UTICA, March 26, 2010 -- The Utica Post 229 Auxiliary has adopted an Army Engineering Battalion deployed in Iraq, Pat Dodge reports.

She received a letter this month from the battalion's "Battle Captain," Charmaine Parker.

Troops from the 7th Engineer Battalion in Iraq were all smiles as they unpacked seven boxes of goodies, reading material and sports equipment from Utica Post 229 and its Auxiliary. From left: SSG Delgado, SPC Augustine, CPT Sloan, SFC Scott, LT Goode, CPT Buie, and CPT Tringo. (Click on photo for larger view.)

"I hope this finds you and the members of the American Legion well," Parker wrote. "I think it's truly wonderful of you to want to support us troops over here. You have no idea how much of a morale booster it is when we hear from those back home or receive care packages. This is my first deployment and I've witnessed and experienced some of the things you hear on the news. Our unit here in Iraq has been very fortunate as we have not had any casualties."

Parker, a mother of four boys between the ages of 3 and 11, was stationed at Fort Drum, NY, before deploying to Iraq.

In her free time she teaches two online business courses through the University of Maryland. "In fact, when I finish writing this letter, I have to get back to grading papers."