Haymarket American Legion Post 1799 partners to support USAF Squadron in Afghanistan

Pictured: The 455th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron at the Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan. 

Haymarket American Legion Post 1977 wants to be sure that everyone here at home remembers and supports the members of our military that are right now in uniform and in harm’s way overseas. In an effort to make sure our service personnel know the American people support them, they are reaching out to help and encourage them in their mission.

Via press release        

In a precedent-setting initiative, American Legion Post 1799 (Haymarket) and the United States Air Force (USAF) 455thExpeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, Bagram, Afghanistan, have entered into a support partnership in 2018.  The purpose of the partnership is to demonstrate public support for our airmen in harm’s way. American Legionnaires in Haymarket recognize the service and sacrifice of our service men and women in a hostile war zone may not be adequately recognized by the American general public.  It is our hope that this partnership will help to bring recognition and appreciation to our fellow Americans in a foreign land under fire.

The USAF 455thExpeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron (ECES) at the Bagram Airbase, north of Kabul in Afghanistan, provides civil engineer support for the entire airbase. Their efforts keep the airfield operational, despite frequent Taliban rocket attacks.  Bagram Airbase is the main logistical hub for much of the transition of troops, supplies, equipment, and support for the approximate 15,000 US military personnel, additional allied troops, and US civil government project support.

American Legion Post 1799 (Haymarket) is providing morale support by shipping selected items to the 455thECES First Sergeant, Robert Donald Wyman, MSgt USAF. In addition, the Post is working with the Battlefield High School Air Force Junior ROTC cadets in this partnership effort.  AFJROTC cadets have dispatch a series of videos encouraging the 455 ECES airmen and showing their support in a difficult mission.  The deployed airmen have been very appreciative of the cadets’ efforts. A collection of books and magazines is under way to be sent to the airmen too.

The public is encouraged to participate and show support for this effort.  Any public questions or contributions should be discussed with the American Legion Post 1799 Program Chairman at (703) 298-2686.  For more information, visit www.alpost1799.org

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