Greeter Letters Of Appreciation
From The Troops And Their Families

Every flight counts. Read the letters from soldiers and families who have been touched by the Greeters.

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March 16, 2010

I was part of the UK contingent that stopped in New Hampshire on the way back from exercise in Fort Leavenworth.

I would just like to thank you. I was just amazed that there was any kind of reception at all; it was a complete surprise! I have to admit to being somewhat overwhelmed.  Thank you again.

Yours aye,
Tim Rawlinson
Wilts, UK

March 16, 2010

I would like to thank you for your overwhelming warmth and generosity in greeting us on Sat 13 Mar 10. The experience was humbling. The support you showed to us and the countless other troops who pass through your town was touching and greatly appreciated. What you do has undoubtedly helped lift the spirits of those who serve and just knowing there are people like you, supporting troops around the world, is a great comfort. Once again my sincere thanks to you all for the amazing work you are doing it is something I will always remember.

Chris Dixon
Avon, UK

March 16, 2010

I just wanted to say thank you for the reception that you gave all of us transiting Brits. It was entirely unexpected and the experience and good will really touched all our hearts. we really appreciated the effort and the commitment that the town showed us. Please keep up the good work.

Jeremy Hay
UK staff college
wiltshire, UK

March 16, 2010

Dear Pease Greeters,
Thank you so much for your wonderful reception on Sat 13 Mar. It was a complete surprise and I know we were all stunned and humbled by the experience.

'm looking forward to seeing my 4 year old nephew's face when he sees his new dinosaur teddy bear and all the Easter chocolates (if I have managed not to eat them!!).

I will never forget your kindness and generosity and will treasure the memory forever. I hope to see you again one day.

Love and regards

Gillian Shaw
Defense Academy

Crew pictures from 3/13/2010

Dear Fred and Joanne

Thank you so very much for the rapid response to my request for the pictures - half of which I have received, but due to technical difficulties, I have yet to get the rest. I will try again later. 

Did the troops like the hats? They most certainly did! So much so, that a couple of them even asked for a second. Luckily, as you very generously gave us more than we needed, we were able to accommodate them.

I have to say, I was standing at the door when the troops re-boarded the aircraft, and without exception practically everyone mentioned how touched, moved, and emotional they found the reception that everyone at Pease gave them. And that goes for the crew too! We couldn't stop talking about it. I have been flying for 25 years and I can say in all honesty I have NEVER had a reception CLOSE to the wonderful one everyone gave us. I personally was struggling to keep my composure, and was worried I may embarrass myself by shedding a few tears.

As the In-flight Manager of the flight, I even informed our company of all the kindness and generosity given to us, and the troops. I told them you want us back there - and we most certainly want to come back!!!

I hope you will convey my personal thanks to everyone at Pease and send them all my love. I hope to be back again, one day soon. Thank you.

Jo...x P.S I'm the third girlie from the left on the group photo    

March 16, 2010

Dear Sir
Just a quick note to thank you all so much for the fantastic reception we received when we landed in Portsmouth, New Hampshire last Saturday on enroute back to the UK. The welcome was overwhelming and quite unexpected, something I am sure will stay in our minds for a long time to come. Thank you once again and best wishes to you all!

Andy Craig
Major Andy Craig, British Army
Berkshire, UK

March 16, 2010

I would like to join my colleagues in offering you all my sincerest thanks for the kindness and breathtaking generosity you showed me and my fellow Officers this past Saturday. You quite simple astounded me and left me utterly speechless with your kindness and selflessness. I’m afraid I perhaps was a little too ‘stiff upper-lipped’ to make my feelings know at the time, but may I take the opportunity to let you know that what you did on Saturday will stay with me forever.  Thank you so, so much

Yours Aye
Steve Reynolds REME
Wiltshire, UK

March 15, 2010

Dear Sir,

Please accept my sincere thanks for your kind welcome to myself and the flight of other British Officers that you welcomed with such warmth on Saturday. I know that we all found it to be the most humbling of occasions and as a result, in true British fashion, were somewhat reserved in our thanks on the day. Your groups’ remarkable strength and generosity shone through in abundance and I will be touched by the kind words and gifts, which we all so gratefully received from the people of New Hampshire, for many years to come.

Yours thankfully

Major Ross A. Brookfield
The Royal Regiment of Scotland

Shrivenham, UK

March 15, 2010

I just wanted to thank you all for the overwhelming reception you gave to my colleagues and me when we flew through last Saturday. We had no idea you would greet us at all, let alone with such warmth and generosity. I for one will remember the occasion for a long time, and the woolen hat I now have will accompany me on many trips to Afghanistan and beyond.

Thank you all for your generosity and sincerity.

Major Benjamin Day
Royal Engineers
British Army
London, UK

March 15, 2010

A great thank you to the remarkable people of Portsmouth New Hampshire for their welcome and kindness. May your spirit always endure.

Warmest Regards,

Maj. John BELL
Langholm, Dumfriesshire

March 15, 2010

Dear Sir,

Please could you pass on my sincerest thanks and gratitude for the kindness you and your town showed to me and the rest of the flight on Saturday. Being a reserved Brit I found your openness and kindness quite disarming. It was very emotional and I was humbled by your warmth. I think that most of us felt a little like frauds considering that we were just coming from Kansas, however, most of us have been to either Afghanistan or Iraq (or both) and have served alongside US forces in an attempt to make our countries safer. Therefore, I really appreciate your recognition of service to one's country. We have relied upon you to help us in two world wars and I am proud to be standing beside you after the terrible events in 2001.

Thank you again for such a great reception. I know that we all appreciated it.

I have an American friend from university who lives in Portsmouth and I was lucky enough to visit your beautiful town two years ago. I look forward to doing so again!

Yours aye

Matthew Waite
Street: Flat 1 Riverhead House, Worships Hill
Sevenoaks, Kent

March 15, 2010

Dear all Pease Greeters

I just wanted to drop you a quick line to say thank you for the overwhelming reception we received in Portsmouth, 13 Jan 10. It truly was wonderful to see you all and we were all very touched that so many would take time out of their day to come and welcome us in such a way.

The United Kingdom and the USA has enjoyed such a strong friendship for so many years and this only shows how strong it remains. I wish you all the very best for the future, god bless you all and keep up the amazing work you do. The troops appreciate it more than you could ever know.

Major Pete Scott
Defence Academy Shrivenham
Swindon, UK

March 15, 2010


I am writing to thank you and the Pease Greeters for the warm welcome that we received in Portsmouth on 14 Mar 10.

I was overwhelmed by your kindness and it made many of us reflect that we have not had a similar experience in our own country.

I know my children will appreciate their cuddly toys and as a man who is lacking in the hair department; I will put my knitted hat to good use.


Sqn Ldr
Royal Air Force
Defence Academy

March 14, 2010

Thank you all for the overwhelming warmth and generosity of your welcome to us at Portsmouth Airport this morning.

It makes a huge difference knowing that what we do is valued and that we are supported by such wonderful people from half way around the world.

It was an honor to meet such support face to face. Thank you all for letting us know that you value us - I shall wear my knitted hat with pride - wherever life takes me.

Defense Academy of the United Kingdom
Wiltshire, UK

March 14, 2010

Hello my new American friends. I write to show my thanks and appreciation for the wonderful reception we British Officers received from you during our stop over in Portsmouth New Hampshire yesterday Saturday 13 March 2010. I was the tall Scottish Officer with the RED HACKLE (BLACK WATCH) in his headdress. I was truly taken aback by the generosity and warmth you showed towards me and my fellow Officer.

It shows that our Alliance is as solid as ever and I will say this; It will remain as strong as ever as we here in the UK know our American brothers are the good guys and we will go forward together as one.

A reception like yours won't be matched by our home people, they are not just the same for which I am saddened, we have a great nation also but maybe more patriotism is needed.

God bless you all and hopefully one day I will pass through Portsmouth New Hampshire in the not to distant future.

Yours Aye,

Major David Harvey
The Black Watch (3 SCOTS)
The Royal Regiment of Scotland

March 14, 2010

Many thanks for the outstanding and emotional reception we received at Portsmouth terminal. It is a great honor to have met the citizens of Portsmouth and an experience I shall never forget. Many thanks once again and please convey my best wishes to everyone.

Maj Juri Williamson
Gibraltar, UK

March 14, 2010

Just a very quick note to thank you so much for the wonderful welcome you gave me and my colleagues from the British Army at Portsmouth New Hampshire earlier today. As Colonel Watson said we were a bit taken aback by your generosity and wonderful reception, we did not expect that and certainly would not have experienced such a welcome at home in the UK. We are now safely home and proudly showing off our photos and kind gifts that will help us remember you all. You all make our job fighting for our great countries so much easier knowing you are supporting us back home and for that we are eternally grateful. We salute you all and thank you once again.

Major Steve Wall British Infantry
Inverness-shire, UK

Care Packages Make A Difference 

Hi Greeters,
Just wanted to show you we made good use of the pumpkin you sent us … it’s hanging on our door and the first thing people see when they walk in (smile). It’s a way for us to brag about the Pease Greeters and all the great things you do for the troops!

Cheers. Ellen M. SCHIRMER, SMSgt, USAF
Superintendent, 379 AEW/PA


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