Troops get surprise visit from Bush Sr.: First lady joins husband and Pease Greeters
Saturday, October 2, 2010
PORTSMOUTH — Airman
First Class Kimberly Robinson thought it was a joke when she and other
members of an Air Force unit were told Friday that former President
George H.W. Bush was waiting for them to disembark their jet at Pease.
General Meeting Slated For Thursday, October 14
This is the one time of the year when the Pease Greeters family of friends come together in support of the Greeter program and to learn about plans to improve the program through the end of 2010 and into the next year. We look forward to seeing you at this meeting as we plan for our mission, Welcoming Our Troops, One Flight At A Time.
Greeter Harold (Hal) Weaver
Harold W. Weaver, 86, of Constitution Way died Tuesday September 21,
2010 at York Hospital.
Barnes Graveside Committal
Avid Pease Greeter, Lynne Barnes, of Lee, NH who died Monday, May 31, 2010, Memorial Day, following a brief illness will be laid to rest at Evergreen Cemetery in Portland, Maine on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 10:!00 AM.
Lynne will be remembered by her fellow greeters as a warm, friendly person who loved coming out to the airport and greeting the troops. Friend, Kathy Nelson, writes of Lynne, "she was so patriotic that she would walk up to total strangers if they were wearing a hat or t-shirt signifying that they were a veteran, and she would thank them for serving our country."
are underway to inscribe Lynne's name on the Absent Greeters memorial
plaque at the airport terminal. Lynne's
family is inviting Pease Greeters to attend the graveside service in
Portland. Look to this space for Lynne's obituary when it becomes
Lynch Recognizes Pease Greeters
In return, the Pease Greeters presented Gov. Lynch with a sweatshirt signed by the Greeters. A sweatshirt, like the one presented to the governor, is presented to the senior ranking officer of each flight met by the Greeters. The tradition started when Pres. George W. Bush was presented a similar shirt in March, 2008. Director and Chairman of the Pease Greeters, Chuck Cove accepted the award on behalf of the Greeters. More to the story here.
As many of you have already learned Ed Johnson, who has been the Pease Greeter Chair since its inception in 2005, has decided to step down as Chairman and member of the Pease Board of Directors. Also since 2005, I have been fortunate enough to serve the Greeters and our Troops as the co-Chair. I am now pleased to announce that I have taken on the role as the Chairman of the Pease Greeters.
I think it is safe for me to say that Ed Johnson will be greatly missed by the Greeters, but mostly the loss of his presence on the Board will be felt by me. Ed Johnson is a highly decorated Korean War Veteran that brought great insight to our troops, both departing and returning home to American soil, and he offered tremendous leadership to the Greeters. He has left me with very large shoes to fill. Shoes I am proud to walk in. Ed Johnson exemplified all that an American Veteran should be – always faithful, always. He has been there for me and for my family as I know he has been for many other Greeters. Ed is more than just a fellow Greeter to me, he is my best friend. Semper Fidelis, Ed. More to the story here.
Captain Ed Johnson
Steps Down From Leadership Role.
It is time to relinquish my role as leader, treasurer and secretary. It is time for new ideas, new views. It is time to pass the torch of leadership, but in so doing please know how much you all have meant to me. You will never know." More to this story here.
Heroes Salute Awards Ceremony
By Bob Hersey
PORTSMOUTH — Edmund Johnson and Charles Cove, co-founders of The Pease Greeters, received a standing ovation from a crowd that included members of the U.S. House and Senate, after accepting the Distinguished Service award from the Military Officers Association of America Tuesday night in Washington, D.C.
"We were able to tell the audience that we regard ourselves as America's surrogate family," Johnson said Wednesday morning. "What we do is an honor and a privilege."
The award, presented by MOAA chairman of the board and retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Richard I. Neal, honors individuals and organizations that have been consistent supporters of the uniformed services.
Dressed in bright red Marine Corps regalia, Johnson and Cove accepted the award on behalf of the more than 2,500 volunteers involved in the group's mission. . . . More of this story here.
receive Thumbs Up from Portsmouth Herald
The Greeters, represented in Washington, D.C. by the group's co-founders, Charles Cove and Edmund Johnson, received a standing ovation from an audience that included U.S. congressmen. . . . . More of this story here
Daily Democrat, "Tears and Applause On Capital Hill"
Anna Labrie shows a picture of her brother, Torpedoman's Mate 2nd Class George
Laderbush, who died on the USS Flier in 1944 during World War II. The U.S. Navy confirmed Monday that Laderbush's ship was found in the Balabac Strait area of the Philippines.
May 16, 2010
We have always known that the brave troops serving our country have had plenty of moxie (the word), but now NEMC (New England Moxie Congress) national secretary, Dan Hovey, has made sure that they are rewarded with plenty of MOXIE (the beverage of champions)!
Dan faithfully serves as a Pease Greeter meeting troop planes returning to the US from combat duty and makes sure that they know that we care and appreciate their sacrifices on our behalf and what better way than to make sure that they are greeted and treated with the Mahogany Ambrosia!
Moxie is made available
to our troops at Pease through the generosity of Moxie Brand Manager,
Justin Conroy and the Coco-Cola facility in Seabrook, NH.
Spangled Banner Flag At Fenway Park Sunday.
Banner Flag Takes To The Road
Star Spangled Banner Flag was brought to and unveiled in a ceremony
at the Pease Air Terminal
on Saturday May 15th, 2010 at
1:00 PM. Pease Greeters arrived at noontime and the ceremony started at 1:00 PM and conclude
at 4:00 PM.
After the ceremony, Captain Richard Phillips, who recently wrote the book A Captain's Duty, signed books that people brought with them to the airport.
We would like to thank the USS Constitution Honor Guard and Captain Richard and Andrea Phillips for taking time out of their hectic schedules to appear at Pease Air Terminal for this momentous event. Everyone pitched in and gave them a thunderous welcome. Pease Greeters, One . . . Two . . . Three . . .
Pizza was served after the ceremony to all those who attended.
Star Spangled Banner Flag
The journey was uneventful in the beginning. The fierce rainy weather had broken and wonderful Spring heat was felt. The floods were just a painful memory. The states slipped by as in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut …Oh, if you hadn’t guessed by now we were driving. The pleasant unwavering car speeds were just glorious, and actually within the posted speed limit, until we entered the outskirts of New York. More to this story.
Maersk Alabama captain honors military, joins Pease Greeters for Armed Forces Day event.
PORTSMOUTH — Having spent four days in a lifeboat being held hostage by Somali pirates before being rescued by U.S. military personnel, Capt. Richard Phillips has an intimate appreciation for the jobs done by those who serve in the military.
If it wasn't for them, he might not have been standing in a terminal at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease on Saturday.
— the captain of the container ship Maersk Alabama, which was hijacked
by pirates off the coast of Africa — joined an assembly from the Pease
Greeters for a ceremony that marked Armed Forces Day and the addition of
a new fixture at the Pease terminal's growing "Hall of Flags."
to the story here.
Philips - One Year Later
will host an interview with Captain Phillips Sunday evening, April 4th,
at 7:00 PM Eastern time at which time, Capt. Phillips recounts his
ordeal to Matt Lauer in an exclusive interview.
Compliments Pease Greeters.
News 9's Josh McElveen moderated the event at which the general spoke of
the surge by saying, “The real surge in Iraq was not the surge of what
turned out to be 30,000 additional forces. The most important surge in
Iraq was a surge of ideas,"
general put to rest questions about his seeking political office when
asked if his New Hampshire visit was a bid for the White House by
saying, “I’ve said no and I mean no.”
on the general’s recognition of the work done by the Pease Greeters to
welcome our troops at Pease International Tradeport, Pease Greeter Alan
Weston said, “It's pretty incredible to have him mention us,
but like we always say, it's for the troops."
March 1, 2010
Give Troops A Star-Studded Sendoff & Welcome Home.
The Pease Greeters, formed by a handful of retired Marines and airport workers in 2005, and now numbering more than 2,000, meet planes that stop briefly to refuel at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease before heading overseas. The group also greets flights returning with soldiers from war-torn countries. The greeters are supported by numerous other individuals as well as business, civic and veterans organizations. Complete Story
December 25, 2009
NECN: Lauren Collins, Portsmouth, NH) - Many U.S. troops will spend the holidays overseas this year, but once they return home, many will also pass through an airport terminal in New Hampshire. One special group known as the "Pease Greeters" will be there to offer a warm welcome. Ed Johnson is a regular around Portsmouth International Airport at Pease. As the chairman of the Pease Greeters, the 81-year-old former Marine regularly makes the trip from his home in Rye Beach to the otherwise barren terminal, where more than 1,000 troops a month stop on their way to or home from overseas deployments. Al Weston was among a handful of airport workers to offer a hand to shake when military flights started coming through Pease five years ago. He called on local vets, Ed Johnson one of the first to rally, and on local businesses, who readily donated comforts and time. Now, hundreds of New Hampshire Seacoast residents turn out for every flight, and thousands of donated items -- from stuffed animals and pizza to ice cream and cell phones await the troops. The Pease Greeters last month were recognized with the 2009 Spirit of New Hampshire Award. Video Here.
has created the FreedomSong Foundation. This non-profit
foundation will benefit the troops and family members. Through
the distribution of Our Freedom Song CDs at no cost to
those serving in the military, she hopes to show support and
encouragement to these brave men and women who sacrifice so
much for our freedom. In just three days, Tenley has
distributed more than 850 Our Freedom Song CDs to the
troops who have arrived at Pease.
The Pease Greeters
he Pease Greeters provide a loud and welcoming voice not only to servicemembers from New Hampshire but to all of the soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen who pass through the Pease Air Terminal in Portsmouth, NH. During the Spring of 2005, when members of the Seacoast Detachment of the Marine Corps League met a flight returning from the Middle East, no one could have known that this small volunteer group of veterans and citizens would be the nucleus of a group that has met every one of the more than 130 flights landing in New Hampshire, however briefly, with soldiers heading to or returning from combat operations overseas. The Greeters, now numbering over 200 members, have helped to ensure that each of the thousands of servicemembers has received the welcome home and best wishes that they so richly deserve.
The Pease Greeters travel from all over New Hampshire to meet every military flight in to Pease, at any hour, day or night. Arriving troops are met with applause, handshakes, and a boisterous welcome, and if the flight is taking them into a combat area, the Pease Greeters assure them that they will be met right there upon their safe return. These honored guests are provided with refreshments and the opportunity to make free phone calls to their loved ones. Each of these events has been recorded and the photographs line the Pease Air Terminal Hall that is known as the "Heroes Walk."
It is my privilege to recognize the time and energy these men and women of the Pease Greeters have devoted and continue to devote to assuring our Armed Forces that their country and its citizens appreciate the sacrifices they and their families are making on our behalf. Thank you to each and every member of the Pease Greeters for providing such a warm welcome home to those returning and a warm memory of home to those departing to carry out their missions.
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Cellphones For Soldiers
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in White House
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500 gather to welcome home troops
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Rye students thank vets
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Greeters' teach us about true patriotism