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Operation Santa's helpers.

We here at GUNS Magazine, American Handgunner and American COP are on the e-mail list Col. John Folsom of Wounded Warriors sends periodically from Iraq, where he is currently deployed. In one sent last October, Col. Folsom said, "To tell you that Camp Korean Village is 'austere' would be an understatement. KV was once an enclave for Korean construction workers who built the highway from Jordan across Iraq. Although the buildings still exist there is no running water and our electricity is provided by diesel generators. Our food is good because our Marine cooks do their best to provide two hot meals a day. Lunch is the ever popular 'Meal Ready To Eat' or 'MRE.'

"Many of our young Marines Sailors and Soldiers are deployed away from home for the first time and their being away from their families will extend through Christmas.

"Chief Petty Officer Peterson of the Surgical/Shock Trauma Platoon wants to have the best Christmas celebration that he can organize for our young enlisted Soldiers, Marines and Sailors. This will include a trimmed tree at the Morale Welfare and Recreation hut with gifts placed under it, just like in our homes."

The folks here at FMG Publications donated the dough for enough edible goodies, hand-held e-games, Frisbees, footballs, board games and (of course) magazines to create 30 gift packs. Our friends in the industry donated a few items to make life a little more pleasant for the troops, too. Those items included:

* Chris Cashbaugh of SOG donated 20 Mini Auto Clip Knives.

* Mary Ellen of Streamlight donated 10 Stylus Lights with a green LED, 10 Key-Mate flashlights with green LED (the green LEDs are easier on night vision and can be used on topo maps) and two lucky fellows got a Thunder Ranch Illumination System (including TL-2 LED with TigerRing, Key-Mate, Green filter and Clint Smith training DVD).

* Dick Williams of SureFire donated 10 E2e Executive Elite High Output Flashlights and enough extra batteries to run them for many hours.

* Scott E. Schaefer of Winfield Galleries donated 10 Winchester Jigsaw puzzles.

* Les deAsis of Benchmade Knives donated two Rescue Hooks and a 550 Griptilian folder.

All the items went to Col. Folsom and HMC Peterson in Iraq except the puzzles. We sent five of the Jigsaw Puzzles to the hospital in Landstahl Regional Medical Center, Germany, and five to the Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Our boss, Tom von Rosen, donated the not inconsiderable freight.
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Date:Mar 1, 2006
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