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March 2016
"We got the packages today and I wanted to send you a thank you! The company was very thankful and the delicious food is gone already. We had a fitness test earlier this week, so most of the guys were watching their food intake to ensure a good performance. The timing could not have been better as the treats were a nice reward for successful completion. I've attached two pictures of some of our guys unpacking the food... I had to get them quickly before it all disappeared!

I can't thank you enough for all that you and the city have been doing for the company. ...every week, I send a synopsis of completed training and events to our higher headquarters. One of the sections I cover is community partnership. Thanks to you, I often have lots to say about San Mateo! Rest assured the company, battalion, and brigade all know the hard work that your community is doing to support us." -Cpt. Matthew R. Brown

ABU soldiers with home-baked treats

July 2015
On May 20th, 2015 the City of San Mateo and our thoughtful community put together 20+ care packages (see below) for our adopted troop. We received a heart-warming message of thanks and a great photo!
101st Airborne solders with care packages"Hello from Afghanistan! We received all 25 boxes today, wow they're amazing! I appreciate the letter from you and am on behalf of my Company, the boxes and letters are absolutely wonderful. Attached is a picture of a few of the Soldiers with all the boxes. Things are going well here in Helmand, Afghanistan. It's hot and windy but safe. The highs aren't bad right now as they get around 110 but they're typically closer to 120 in July." - Cpt. Andrew W. Bisset

"Thank you and the City of San Mateo for the outstanding and persistent support you all have given to the Company through the four years that I have personally been in ABU Company. The package I received was amazing! There was not a single thing that will not get eaten or used. We have your photos posted throughout our company area so that all the incoming Soldiers can see what the City and its citizens have done for the Soldiers and the Company.

The Soldiers were just wanting to let the people know they had received the excellent package and just to say thank you. Thank you again for the wonderful box of goodies and all the wonderful messages inside." -1SG Michael Stainback
June 2015
There was a big shout out to San Mateo in the 101st Airborne's June 2015 newsletter:
"Year after year for the past 47 years their citizens have supported the Soldiers of ABU and their families and even more when deployed. They yet again impressed us. This month we received a banner signed by nearly 100 citizens and each Soldier received an individually addressed and packaged care package." 
>> Read the June 2015 ABU newsletter

May 2015
>> May 2015 ABU newsletter

April 2015
Read the April 2015 letter from Captain Andy Bisset with an update from our deployed troop. The following is a snippet from his letter.
"Yesterday was a great day for Abu Soldiers and the Bulldog Battalion as we had our patch ceremony, commemorating the 30 days we have been deployed. All Soldiers now get to wear the 101st Airborne Division Patch on their right shoulder, representing that they have been deployed to a combat zone while a part of the unit. Abu Company has once again entered the history of the Division and we will continue to represent all the sacrifices those before us have given.... Please continue to send packages and comforts for your Solider. The mail process is moving pretty well." -Cpt. Andrew W. Bisset
>> Read the entire letter

July 2011 
"Of all the supporters for ABU Company, the one that will stick out in the minds of the Soldiers more than any other is the City of San Mateo. While it was somewhat expected that we would receive support from our friends and families, the men were always deeply touched by the fact that a group of people that they had never met would reach out and provide such far reaching support." -ABU,CPT John B. Walsh, Commander, A/1-327IN

>> Read the entire letter from the Company Commander (CPT John B. Walsh) expressing appreciation to the City of San Mateo for the support that was offered during their deployment.

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