07 December 2010

10th Mountain Division News Roundup

The Fallen

Sudbury Ranger was a 'kind, gentle soul'

Funeral plans for Sudbury soldier finalized

Editorial: Lt. Milley's honor and sacrifice


Folsom 4-H students get special visit
Members of the 4-H St. Tammany Agriculture and Livestock club were surprised at their November meeting when former member Pvt. Matthew McGee, assigned to the 3rd Bridgade of the 10th Mountain Army Infantry Division at Fort Drum, N.Y., made an unexpected visit.

Woman sends packages to Fremont soldier
A local woman's efforts to send packages to soldiers overseas now includes a Fremont man.

For more than a year, Sherry Greenway has collected funds and items to send to soldiers in Afghanistan. She's had help from local churches, civic groups and individuals. By November, she had mailed more than 30 packages. When she requested money for postage to send another 19 packages, Greenway said she received good response from local residents.

"We've had some generous donations," the Fremont woman said. "There are some wonderful people in this town."

Now, Greenway has found a local soldier to whom she can send packages. He is PFC Jeffery Wilkey, 4th Brigade, Unit 2/30, 10th Mountain Division, U.S. Army. Wilkey is stationed in Afghanistan. His parents are Shana and Nelson Wilkey of Fremont.

Three Polk soldiers to receive highest non-combat honor
The highest honor a soldier can receive for an act of valor in a non-combat situation will be presented to three Fort Polk soldiers Dec. 15 at the Bayou Theater here.
Spc. Coty W. Clare, Spc. Ryan C. Guillot and Sgt. Stuart A. Fredieu, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, will be presented the Soldier's Medal during an award ceremony at 10 a.m.

Presents for Parachutes and Presents for Parachutes
Family and friends looked on Thursday morning as soldiers from the Joint Readiness Training Center Operations Group parachuted in support of Presents for Parachutes at the Fullerton training area of Fort Polk.
Soldiers participating in the jump were asked to donate an unwrapped gift which would support the Beauregard Community Action Association Christmas Angel Tree. Lt. Col. Rob Griggs was also promoted from the rank of major in a ceremony immediately following the jump. Winkie Branch, executive director of Beauregard Community Action Association was on hand for the event.

Local farms, Trees for Troops assist in military families' Christmas
Bearing handmade holiday ornaments from area schoolchildren, more than 100 Christmas trees were loaded up Monday to be shipped to military families this morning.

As part of the Trees for Troops project, about 12 local tree growers donated the trees, mostly Frasier and Balsam varieties known to hold their needles for at least a month. Some of the farmers and several elected officials from the area stood in the open fields at Ellms Tree Farm to show support for the members of the New York Army National Guard 42nd Infantry, based in Troy, who loaded the carefully wrapped trees into an enormous FedEx truck. The shipping company donates its services to send trees from 29 states to destinations such as Afghanistan and Iraq.

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