06 Nov 2017:
Thank you to everyone sending care packages; everything we've been receiving has been great! We cannot express enough gratitude to those who read our requests and support us.
Laundry: We have been receiving Tide pods, which have issues dissolving in our machines. Pods detergent is still greatly preferred and most other brands work better.
Cleaning/Hygiene: We have received lots of personal care items (deodorant/Tooth brushes/hand sanitizer/etc). We could specifically use baby/body wipes for personal hygiene as well as Clorox/Lysol disinfectant wipes for cleaning desk/tables/equipment (there is a lot of dust!).
Food: The healthy snacks have been amazing and we continue to ask for them. Individual sized packs are easiest to distribute; dried fruit, trail mixes, Jack Links Jerky/meat snacks, protein bars. The candy/cookies/treats we've
received are nice comforts, especially the chocolates and variety of gummies (sour/unique flavors). We now have a microwave and would love items such as Campbells "On the Go" cups. Please no canned food, as we have no can openers
or bowls suitable for it. We would love some hot sauces (Tapatio) of various heats and flavors.
Drinks: The 0.5L water mixes have been perfect! Thank you for continuing to send a variety of flavors. Thank you to those sending coffee, we continue to drink it up!
clothing: We have received a lot of wonderful scarfs and do not need more.We would enjoy beanie hats, gloves, warm socks, sweatshirts, & throws/blankets as the temperature is beginning to quickly drop.
Seasonal: We've received several packages with decorative seasonal items (decorations/clothing/treats). These have been great for morale and celebrating the holidays really helps give us a taste of home. We continue to welcome your donations!
Equipment: We have received some pocket/flip knives; thank you! Personal tools such as knives, flashlights, multi-tools are great as we use them daily (they do not need expensive).
Letters: It is very heartwarming to read all of the personalized letters. Thank you to everyone for your support. It's a true honor to be out here and serve such a grateful nation of individuals.
21 Sep 2017
We are an expeditionary comm squadron directly supporting 24hr combat operations in Southwest Asia, Operation Inherent Resolve.
We have personnel living in tents (partitioned by sheets & cardboard) and 6'x10' small relocatable rooms (2-4 people per room).
Beds are Twin size bunks and all bedding is provided by individuals. Matress pads are highly desired.
Electricity is a mix of 110 and 220.
We have access to a laundry service and machines to wash/dry our own clothes. Individuals must provide detergent. Pod style detergent is greatly preferred.
We have a hot food dinning facility with limited options. Sauces, spices, seasonings, or anything to improve the food would be appreciated. We have access to refrigerators and a small freezer. We do not have many microwaves (but could use some), and a very limited ability to cook our own food. Packaged foods such as jerky, nuts/mixes, bars and other snacks are preferred. Healthier options, or high protein foods are desired over unhealthy snacks by most, but cookies/treats/candy, such as Haribo Gummies, are still enjoyed. We have plenty of bottled water, but not many options for flavoring the water or for electrolyte drinks. We could very much use flavored water additives designed for 0.5L water bottles (we cannot easily mix large quantities of drinks).
We have a few small coffee pots and a bean grinder. Coffee is always welcome.
Equipment and tools are desired. Refer to https://www.extremeoutfitters.us/ for item #s. Not everyone was issued what they need. Items such as safety/sun glasses (Item# 740-0504 or similar) are of high demand (only black please, colors are not authorized in uniform); gloves such as Item# MP3K05 (black only please) for moving equipment digging trenches, running cable; tactical pens such as Item# TPENAEK; tactical knives with Holster such as Item# 9052.
Moral Items: Your company branded t-shirts (mostly L size), and hats would be enjoyed by many. We have people with many various interests.