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Governor Quinn Partners with DHL and Pizzas 4 Patriots to Serve Up a Slice of Home for the Superbowl PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erin Wilson   
Tuesday, 29 January 2013 14:30

21,000 Chicago-Style Pizzas to be Shipped to Overseas Servicemembers

CHICAGO – January 29, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today partnered with leaders from DHL and Pizzas 4 Patriots to send 21,000 Chicago-style deep dish pizzas to servicemembers just in time for Super Bowl Sunday. That’s enough pizza to feed every soldier stationed in Afghanistan and Kuwait.

Super Bowl Sunday is traditionally America’s biggest day of the year for eating pizza. Since our troops serving overseas are unable to enjoy the game at home, the not-for-profit organization Pizzas 4 Patriots works to make sure a slice of home comes to them.

“It’s our duty as civilians to honor our men and women in uniform for the many sacrifices they make to protect our freedom,” Governor Quinn said. “I’m proud to partner with DHL and Pizzas 4 Patriots to help bring one of the many comforts of home to our troops overseas who are unable to enjoy the biggest sports day in America with their friends and family.”

“Since 2008, we have had the pleasure of providing our brave U.S. servicemen and women overseas with the most delicious, authentic ‘slices of home,’ letting them know we care and we are thinking of them,” said Ret. Master Sergeant Mark Evans, founder of Pizzas 4 Patriots. “While our soldiers’ presence in the Middle East continues to become smaller, they still need to know that we appreciate the sacrifices they make for us, our families and our country.”

The DHL team will be packing and loading all 21,000 ready-to-bake, Chicago-style pizzas from Illinois-based Great Kitchens into DHL cargo jets and shipping them. Once in the Middle East, the shipment will be distributed to Camp Bastion, Bagram Airbase and Kandahar – all in Afghanistan – as well as Camp Arifjan in Kuwait and various Forward Operating Bases in both countries. DHL Express will provide door-to-door, final delivery for the distribution, working closely with the U.S. military to ensure the pizzas are delivered fresh and ready at the various military bases.

“We are fortunate to have an experienced, committed staff that truly understands the intricacies of international shipping. And, we are honored to leverage our global network, so U.S. troops can enjoy a taste of home this Super Bowl Sunday,” Ian Clough, CEO of DHL Express U.S said. “While DHL Express handles urgent shipments like this across borders every day, I know our teams are working extra hard to ensure the pizzas arrive fresh and in excellent condition.”

Since 2008, Pizzas 4 Patriots has worked with DHL Express to send more than 122,000 pizzas in support of U.S. military personnel overseas. For more information please visit:

Governor Quinn is a long-time champion of Illinois’ Veterans and servicemembers. As State Treasurer, he launched Operation Homefront to inform National Guard members and reservists of their rights under the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act. As Lt. Governor, his Illinois Military Family Relief Act to aid the spouses and children of those called to active duty became a model for other states. As Governor, he has visited Illinois troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Germany, and is committed to the goal of getting 100,000 Veterans hired in Illinois by 2020.


238th Aviation Battalion Mobilizes for Afghanistan PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Illinois National Guard   
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 13:43

Peoria Aviation Unit Will Provide Air Movement and Air Assault Support

PEORIA, IL (01/23/2013)(readMedia)-- A deployment ceremony is scheduled for approximately 60 Soldiers with 2nd Battalion of the 238th General Support Aviation in Peoria who will deploy to Afghanistan. The ceremony will be Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. at the Army Aviation Support Facility #3, 2323 S. Airport Road in Peoria.

The Soldiers will train for a brief time at Fort Hood, Texas, before deploying to Afghanistan for approximately nine months.

The Illinois Army National Guard unit will include members from across Illinois, along with aviation personnel from South Carolina.

While deployed to Afghanistan, the 238th, which flies CH-47 Chinook helicopters, will perform heavy helicopter air movement and air assault missions. It will also be in charge of re-supply operations and aviation maintenance support.

The unit is scheduled to return home in December 2013.

News media attending the event should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the ceremony. For more information call the Public Affairs Office at 217-761-3569.

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Written by Move America Forward   
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 16:00
The Super Bowl is two short weeks away and MAF is launching a special SUPERBOWL challenge to all of our pro-troops supporters to donate more care packages for the troops. The team with the most donations will win!!!

Last year you, our donors, picked the winning team who went on to win the game! Wow. Will you do it two years in a row?

In addition to the care packages sent out because of the generous gifts by you, if your team receives more donations overall, they will be named the MAF SUPERBOWL TROOPERBOWL Champions.

We will be sending a special shipment of care packages to a unit in Afghanistan from the winning teams' state. So a lucky unit from either California or Maryland will receive a special shipment of boxes with Super Bowl gifts and information about our MAF SUPERBOWL competition!

SO, we want to know, can 49er's fans donate more to the troops than Ravens fans?

The Super Bowl will be an incredible game between two of the league's best teams. Both have playmakers on both sides of the ball and it's impossible to say who will win. As you get ready to watch the game you can decide to help the brave troops who watch over you by sending them a care package

Troops in Far-Flung Province Given MREs for Breakfast Instead of Real Food PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Move America Forward   
Friday, 18 January 2013 09:12

There have been rumors circulating through social media and chain e-mails claiming that our troops overseas are no longer receiving hot meals for breakfast or midnight 4th meal. Some claim it's due to budget cuts, others say it's logistics, but the rumors are flying that troops are only getting lunch and dinner provided.

January 15, 2013
Posted by Steve Weigand

"An Internet rumor that American troops in Afghanistan no longer get breakfast has prompted a response from the Pentagon via Twitter.

A chain email says the last-minute deal Congress passed to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" also denies breakfast to troops in Afghanistan.

The email garnered enough attention that rumor-debunking site picked up on it and rated the email "partly true" since some bases stopped serving hot breakfasts as they get ready for the drawdown."

The DoD has tried to fight the rumors by reassuring people through their twitter feed, that troops are getting 4 meals a day, but even according to the DoD's best spin, they're saying two of those meals are MRE rations.

Our troops deserve better.

If you think our troops deserve better, how about sending a care package filled with GOOD tasting food that's also portable, like powdered Gatorade or hot cocoa that can easily be mixed in minutes, or cookies and beef jerky that stay safe and delicious for weeks.

Illinois National Guard Soldiers Have Lunch with Chicago Cubs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Capt. Dustin Cammack, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs   
Thursday, 17 January 2013 09:44

USO, 2/24th Marines Host Chicago Cubs Caravan

CHICAGO (01/17/2013)(readMedia)-- More than 50 Illinois National Guard Soldiers along with 250 other servicemembers from all branches of service joined the Chicago Cubs for lunch sponsored by the USO of Illinois at the 2013 Cubs Caravan in Chicago Jan. 16.

Hosted by 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Reserve Regiment in Chicago, servicemembers were treated to lunch from D'Agostino's and had an opportunity to visit with Cubs players, management and front office.

The event started with the 2/24th Marine Color Guard posting the colors followed by an introduction by Cubs radio announcer Len Kasper.

"On behalf of the Chicago Cubs I want to give our thanks for everything you do to protect this country and our freedom," said Kasper.

Cubs manager, Dale Sveum, thanked the servicemembers for serving our country.

"Oh behalf of the Chicago Cubs we want to tell you how much we appreciate what you do here and abroad. We really appreciate that. I even have a tattoo that says thanks," said Sveum. "Thank you for having us here today to be able to serve you like you serve us all the time."

The Soldiers met and talked with the players and managers and appreciated the time the Cubs took to meet with them.

"I really liked it. Getting all the players out here mingling with the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen – it was a good time," said Sgt. First Class Shawn Money of Dekalb. "And I'm impressed. I'm impressed they are out here doing this. You really don't see this that often."

For Staff Sgt. Benjamin Allen of Palatine, being a Cubs fan runs in the family.

"I've been a Cubs fan all my life and I really didn't have a choice. I grew up as one so it was nice to come see them all," said Allen. "My wife was excited I was coming for it, she is a big Theo Epstein fan."

Sgt. First Class Samer Elguindy of Chicago noted how welcoming the Cubs were to the servicemembers.

"I thought it was awesome. Not too often do I get to be served by the general manager or the top players," said Elguindy. "They were very warm and very easy to talk to and they didn't hesitate when asked to get a picture or autograph. It was really cool."

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Illinois National Guard Soldiers share a laugh with Cubs outfielder David DeJesus and infielder Anthony Rizzo at the 2013 Chicago Cubs Caravan luncheon sponsored by the USO of Illinois in Chicago Jan. 16. More than 300 Active, Reserve and National Guard servicemembers were treated to lunch from D'Agostino's and had an opportunity to visit with Cubs players and management at the event hosted by the 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Reserve Regiment in Chicago.  U.S. Army photo by Capt. Dustin Cammack, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs.

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