We received an email an Army Captain with the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan. He writes, "I cannot overstate the importance of the donations your organization has made ... Your contributions directly impacted the fight and protected our Paratroopers." I hope you'll read the whole email below.
The Captain describes how Spirit of America Field Rep Isaac Eagan has helped his Brigade. Isaac is a former US Army Sergeant who served in Iraq. He has been on the ground for Spirit of America supporting US troops in southern Afghanistan since March.
Here is the Captain's email.
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From: Name removed for confidentiality
Date: Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 6:23 AM
Spirit of America,
My name is [confidential] and I am currently deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Throughout our deployment, one of the Brigade's main efforts has been the building of the capacity and capability of our Afghan partners. Specifically, the development of the Afghan Local Police whom are responsible for local security in villages through the Zharay District. The Afghan Local Police are one of, if not the most, critical security forces in Zharay because they are men who are from the area and have a commitment to increasing security that cannot be taught to someone outside of the area. These local police endure a challenging 2-week basic training course before being assigned to a Police Garrison, but few things can compare to the natural desire to secure one's own home. The biggest limiting factor for these men dedicated to removing the insurgency from their village was not willingness, it was not training and it was not leadership. All those variables exist, but those variables alone cannot defeat the very high, dangerous threats that exist in their District. That statement alone is essentially why I cannot overstate the importance of the donations your organization has made.
From the day I met Isaac Eagan, he has been the definition of a committed team player. Throughout our time spent together, he has had a keen understanding of the threat facing Zharay, the Commander's Intent and the necessary measures that need to be taken to assist our partners as security transitions to entirely Afghan led. Simply put, Isaac is the perfect representative to operate in Afghanistan and alongside our Paratroopers. Spirit of America has the unique ability to quickly provide essential equipment to our partners and through the relationships Isaac rapidly established, we were able to outfit our Police with radios, search mirrors and metal detectors, just to name a few.
The Afghan Local Police patrol every day, side by side, with the American heroes serving in Afghanistan. As the equipment arrived in to country and the Police capability increased, the security surrounding our American forces simultaneously increased. Your organization's contributions directly impacted the fight and protected our Paratroopers. One letter is not enough to accurately portray our appreciation for your efforts, but on behalf of Combined Task Force Fury, I want to extend our deepest thanks.
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The Captain told us about the need for metal detectors and vehicle inspection mirrors to help Afghan police provide better security. Last week, in fewer than 24 hours, our supporters responded. Thank you.
Along with the metal detectors and mirrors, Spirit of America has supported the 82nd Airborne on many other projects: headlamps and radios to bolster Afghan police, chainsaws to help Afghans clear their land of insurgent hiding places, meals to support meetings between our troops, Afghans and the local government, and much more.
Below are some of the US Soldiers we have helped with radios for Afghan police.
Thank you for your continued support.
Jim Hake and the Spirit of America team