at Hall Communications salute our military forces fighting against
the perils of terrorism and tyranny. Although this isn't a 'support
page', we'll post a few articles, pictures and links as they come up in
our daily rounds.
To start off with, we
send our best wishes to our area military personel in the 53rd Brigade
who will be deployed overseas in the coming months. That includes
members of the 2-116th of Lakeland, the 3-116th of Plant City, A-Battery
of Bartow, B-Battery of Dade City, C-Battery of Winter Haven, and Headquarters
Support from Haines City. Thanks for your service...our thoughts
are with you.
One of the best support sites
Send a music CD to a soldier
Send a treat to the troops
Of Allegiance as spoken by Red Skelton.
a very interesting letter from Mitch Perryman, Brigadier General, US Army.
Here's a heartwarming pic
you may have see floating around the 'Net:
A soldier in Iraq tends
his lawn grown with gen-u-ine made-in-the-USA grass seeds & dirt
THOMAS S. BLASKO
HQ 2-116TH FIELD ARTILLERY
4140 Drane Field Road
Lakeland, Florida 33811
The link below is of our
trip to the Displaced Person Camp on the West End of Kabul. This mission
was a combination medical visit with our aid station, the medical support
company, and a food drop:
We used donation money to purchase
children's medicine, formula, and basic hygiene kits. The kids, like kids
everywhere, were a lot of fun to be around. Of course they know that GI's
always bring candy and they were not disappointed. One picture shows me
holding a toddler, she walked right up to me and held her arms out and;
of course, I had to pick her up and carry her around for a while.
As I type, we are being
whipped by 40 mph winds and lots of dust. The dust is getting everywhere!
Other than that the weather has been getting milder. Temperatures have
been in the mid '80s during the day and down in the upper 60s at night.
My Soldiers are all doing
well, or at least they say they are. I am going out in a couple of days
to visit some of my Soldiers that are deployed in the Southern area. It
is still very hot in the South with highs in the 100s.
I hope all is well with
everyone and for those of us with friends affected by Hurricane Katrina,
we'll keep them in our prayers.
LTC Pete Kaye
Commander TF 2-116th FAR,
CJTF PHX IV SECFOR
Noel Hike from the Lakeland
unit (2-116th) checks in from Afghanistan to say 'howdy' to the gang back
"A couple of pictures
of me and my LT at the famed 'Boneyard' -- a lot of
Russian blown up armor
is there and the range in the background is known
as GHAR. I will be climbing
that mountain within 3 weeks, and yes, I have
increased my physical
"Thanks for your e-mail.
Been to the City of Kabul--VERY INTERESTING--we take the necessary security
precautions. Very hot, getting use to the climate--seen many camels,
donkeys. Went to the Olympic stadium yesterday. It is about the size of
the Municipal stadium were LHS plays. You remember the scene where a Taliban
guard is executing an Afghan woman for 'alleged adultry'. I was at that
point in the stadium and many of us soldiers prayed for all the souls of
the innocent Afghan people that were murdered by the Taliban! I an glad
that I am here so incidents of that magnitude will never happen again!
Thanks for your support and I am attaching a picture of me and my crew
-- we are going into a tunnel in Mount Ghar--which we are going to climb
in 8 days! Take care and God Bless you all!"
Hello from windy-dusty-dirty
"I am fine and all of us
are now in country! I successfully climbed Mount Ghar, attached are pictures."
Me with two Danish soldiers
about 200 meters from the summit (we are taking a rest. The one in the
middle taught me the word "sh*t" in Danish-Denmark)
Me wearing my Riverview
Football Coaching Hat on the summit -- look how thin I am getting, I have
lost over 12 lbs now. I weighed in this morning after PT just under 201!!
Me and SSG Gonzalez,
my right-hand man -- very happy that we made it to the summit -- as you
"I want to thank all of you
for your support. Tunie, the pictures on the website are a hit-thank
you SOOOOOOO much! I about cried when I seen them-my younger soldiers from
Lakeland when they arrived couldn't wait to find me and CPT Davis (Yes,
he was promoted and it was about time!)
I want to just say to the
great citizens of Polk County that we are proud to be soldiers in the United
States Army, and we are representing Polk County with utmost adherence
to Honor-Duty-Country. The citizens of Polk County will be proud
of us!!! Thanks for all your support!
And I want to say to my
fine friends that I have come to know so very well, thanks for ur thoughts,
payers and support. Believe me when I say that ur support is as important
as our mission in Afghanistan!!
From Noel's email dated
Me giving water to the
Afghan kids - Great experience
In the City of Kabul
- a Mosque
Me, SSG Gonzalez and
our interpreter at Olympic Stadium. This
is were the Taliban
tortured and murdered the Afghan people!
Entering the city of
The Market Place
Afghan workers bringing
their goods in the city
Houses in the side of
A vendor on the side
of a street in downtown Kabul