11 June 2008

Do you have a moment to send an email to the Sailors of the USS Russell?

Jim from Thinking Right has an ongoing project called Letters from Home. The "letters" are actually emails, which he collects and forwards to a specific unit of deployed service members.

This time the emails are for the men and women serving aboard the USS Russell, a guided missile destroyer deployed in the Middle East.

Just the other day, the crew of the USS Russell assisted a small boat adrift in the Gulf of Aden. Coalition forces have a longstanding tradition of helping mariners in distress by providing medical assistance, engineering assistance as well as search and rescue.

GULF OF ADEN (June 8, 2008) Lt.j.g. Scott Mason administers care to a Somali brought aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Russell after the ship responded to a vessel in distress between Bassasso, Somalia and the Yemeni coast in the Gulf of Aden. The 45-foot small boat had serious engine problems leaving it adrift for two days. Seven people were transferred to Russell and treated for severe dehydration and malnutrition. Russell is deployed as a part of the Abraham Lincoln strike Group and is operating as a part of Combined Task Force 150 conducting maritime security operations between the Gulf of Aden and the Gulf of Oman in the Arabian Sea. U.S. Navy photo.

Since Russell doesn't have huge email capacity, Jim will be printing out all the emails and sending them via snail mail for distribution.

Please send your email to this email address. Don't labor over it - a couple of sentences is fine! Just thank the Sailors for their service, tell them you appreciate what they're doing, and that we'll be here waiting for them when they get home.


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