On May 3, 2004, the City of Burlingame formally adopted Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 327 Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, as our adopted sons. The adoption is part of the America Supporting Americans Program, which seeks to bond American communities with America's men and women serving in the military. Burlingame immediately became an active participant in this program.
These pictures are a thank you to all the wonderful people who helped in making our first efforts successful. This was truly a team effort to show our adopted sons we care. By all working together, we provided our unit and their friends with nearly 500 boxes of items from the list of personal supplies given to us by the Bravo Company!
The Bushmasters were deployed late in September 2007 for their third tour of duty in Iraq schedulted for 15 months. This presents another great challenge for all of us to show our support to our soldiers. We ask for your continued assistance and generosity during this time.
The Burlingame Adopt-a-Unit Committee
FOUR MEMBERS OF BRAVO COMPANY VISIT BURLINGAME
OUR YOUNG SUPPORTERS
|Girl Scoup Troop 2952 of Burlingame sponsored a donation drive in their fifth grade classes and also helped pack the items for shipment.||Girl Scout Troop 1622 of Burlingame wrote letters and gathered supplies that were shipped to Bravo Company||Matthew was our first your donor contributing money to help the Bushmasters at Burlingame's Music in the Park, July 2005.|
BOXING PARTIES - FIRE STATION #34 - 2005-2006
|Everyone packed, listed the
contents of the box, filled
out the custom form or sealed
Many willing hands aided in
supporting Bravo Company.
THANK YOU LETTERS FROM BRAVO COMPANY
During Bravo Company's deployment to Iraq in 2005 and 2006, the members of the unit would email saying how much they appreciated receiving the supplies we sent. One day Don started to receive hand-written letters from our adopted soldiers addressed to their Burlingame supporters. In these letters they shared their own thoughts on what it meant for them to receive the supply boxes and notes written to them... from perfect strangers. The Bushmasters knew we really cared about them! The letters were posted in the main lobby of Burlingame City Hall.
BRAVO COMPANY IS HOME
On November 11, 2006, Brentwood TN hosted a Welcome Home Parade and a picnic for all the soldiers and their families of the 101st Airborne Division's 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment based at Fort Campbell, KY. Members of Burlingame's Committee (Don Dornell and Phyllis Everson) were there to cheer for our adopted soldiers, the Bushmasters of Bravo Company.
|Don Dornell read a Welcome
Home Proclamation from the
Burlingame City Council and
presented each member of the
unit a new Adopted Soldier pin
with an added green bar reading "Veteran OIF4"
|During an informal meeting
of Bravo Company
at the welcome home picnic,
CPT Eric Canaday
representatives with a Thank
You letter for Burlingame's
support during their deployment.
HISTORY WEEK OF THE EAGLES
One week in May marks the celebration known as "The Week of the Eagles," when the soldiers of Fort Campbell are acknowledged for their immeasurable contributions to our country from the current veterans and the fallen members of the 101st Airborne Division and their families, all of whom have made great personal sacrifices in service to our nation.
The tradition of "The Week of the Eagles" began in 1973 when the Screaming Eagles returned home from the Vietnam Way and held a community festival to showcase the division's combat readiness. The celebration was resurrected in 1996 by 101st Airborne Division Commander Major General William Kernan to remember those service members who made the untimate sacrifice in service to the United States Army. They now celebrate "The Week of the Eagles" biennially to both honor the fallen troops and their families and showcase the readiness of the 101st Airborne's mighty combat units.
WEEK OF THE EAGLES, FORT CAMPBELL, KENTUCKY, MAY 2005 & 2007
|Don Dornell presenting the Burlingame Adopted Soldier's pin designed for members of Bravo Company and given to them by the Burlingame Adopt-a-Unit Committee.|
|Members of Bravo Company were presented a First Prize plaque given to them by the City of Redwood City for being the city's color guard in their Fourth of July parade in 2004||Bushmasters at a roundtable discussion gave committee members a list of personal supplies they could use when deployed.||The new commanding officer of Bravo Company - Captain Aaron Billingsley|
|Captain Aaron Billingsley, Don Dornell, 1st LT Mark Herlick, Phyllis Everson and 2nd LT Alex Hensley||In a unit meeting, Don gave the Bushmasters Burlingame's greetings and reconfirmed our continued support of Bravo Company||Two members of the unit dressed in their complete combat uniform weighing more than 75 pounds.|
|The Review Ceremony was about to begin.||Members of the 101st Airborne Division assembled for the presentation of colors and the start of the "Pass in Review."||The Review Team - General Richard Cody, Major General Jeffrey J. Schloesser and Command Sergeant Major Grippe|
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