“No matter when they arrive, care packages always come at the best time.”

To Karen Irwin and Operation Sunscreen for MONG,

I just wanted to write to express my sincere gratitude for the Care Package that was received by the soldiers of the 175th MP BN, Missouri National Guard here at camp. We received the package about a week ago. It has been a little busy here the past week so I apologize for not sending this letter sooner. the package arrived at a perfect time as many soldiers in my command had just started running out of the essentials and the included items were put to immediate use by many. The DVDs, snacks, stuffed animals, toiletries, etc were placed on the “goodie shelf” here in our Battalion Offices and were quickly snagged up by our soldiers. Rest assured that all items in the package were, or will be put to constructive use.

It means the world for soldiers to receive care packages from home. No matter when they arrive, care packages always come at the best time. When we are deployed and away from family and friends, doing a job that at times seems thankless, it is always nice to know that there are still people and organizations in the states that appreciate what we do. We appreciate what you have done and want to say thank you. Regardless of the mission, location of deployment, or challenges and threats faced, it is awesome to know that there are Americans out there that remember us and go to great lengths to show their support. After my last deployment to Iraq in 2008-2009, I too became involved in sending care packages to “any service member” because I knew how much they were appreciated by the service members who received them. You are truly great Americans to support men and woman you may have never met while they are far away from home serving their country. Saying thank you is not enough but I wanted to let you know that you are appreciated by the soldiers of my unit. Again, thank you, from the men and women of the 175th Military Police Battalion, Missouri National Guard. God Bless You and have a very Merry Christmas.

-Letter from CPT, MP John C. Pfanstiel, Commanding