US Army 805th Unit
Post 10225 has adopted the US Army Reserve 805th MP Unit, a part of the 81st Regional Readiness Command, based at the Army Reserve Center on Western Blvd. in Raleigh, NC. Adopting a unit means that, besides sending phone cards and "goody" packages to the troops, we work on the local level to offer moral support to the dependents left behind when the unit deploys. This could be assistance in a variety of ways.
Our Post is committed to assisting the families of this unit in any way needed. If you need assistance from the VFW, please contact the Post at (919) 772-1062.
News from the Troops
The 805th is an MP unit, with troops from this unit have been scattered among different units deployed to provide security in the War on Terrorism. The unit and the Co. Commander have been deployed with fillers from the 414th of Joplin Mo and they are in Afghanistan. Others are attached to the following units: 351st MP BN from Ocala, Fl; the 304th MP BN; the 138th PWIC from Fayetteville, NC; the 535th MP BN from Raleigh, NC; the 395th MP Detachment; and the 171st CSG from Garner, NC.
Part of the 805th MP unit returned home from Afghanastan on Sunday, May 9.
The members of the unit which are deployed in Iraq will be remaining, having been extended for at least a couple more months.
Since the Post has adopted this, and other units, these soldiers have become members of our family. Recently, the unit has lost the following members:
Army Staff Sergeant James Douglas Mowris, age 37, died in the line of duty on January 29, 2004. Staff Sergeant Mowris was one of seven soldiers killed in an explosion during the clearing of an enemy weapons and ammunition cache in Ghazni, Afghanistan. SST Mowris was a member of the 805th Military Police Company.
Army Specialist David 'Butch' Hall, age 21, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004, in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was stationed with other soldiers from the 414th MP Company (Joplin, Missouri) and the 805 MP Company at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan.
Sgt Rodney A. Murray, age 28, was killed near Baghdad on Sunday, May 9, 2004. A North Carolinian, Murray served with the 351st Military Police Company based in Ocala, Fla.
These losses reminds us of what a dangerous world we live in, and how these brave soldiers (and all who have gone before) accept that danger on our behalf.
Items that our troops can use over there are........
Chapstick, Eye Glasses Cleaner, Baby Powder,
Moisturizing Skin Lotions,
Foot Powder, Cookies, Snacks, Tea Bags, Candies, CD's, DVD, VHS Tapes,
writing paper, pens and envelopes, personal hygiene products,
reading materials, puzzle books, cotton underwear and socks
Items to avoid........
aerosol cans (they explode), perfumed products (they attract bugs),
soft soaps like Ivory (it melts),
See some photos of the Troops on deployment
News from the Home Front
The Family Support Group (FSG) tries to stay in touch with the family members of all deployed troops - regardless of where they live. They send email updates to provide useful information, and their phone team keeps in touch by phone. If you are a family member, and are not on the list, please contact the Family Support Group Unit Coordinator and let her know.
Events are often scheduled for the families. Meetings, picnics and other outings are included, where the families can meet, share information and discuss common problems and issues.
Upcoming FSG events
Question and Answers with the COL - May 1, 2004
COL Kenyon from the 641st ASG, FL will hold a question and answer session for the friends and famil of deployed soldiers. The session will be held at the Otis Rucker Reserve Center, 3115 Western Blvd. Raleigh at 2. If you should have questions please call the Unit at 919.831.3482.
Support the troops sales - ongoing
The Unit has magnets and T-shirts and other items to sell and is using the profits to fund the activities of the family support group. The ribbons are $5 each come in three styles: a yellow ribbon that says "Support the Troops", a red/white/blue striped ribbon that say "God Bless the USA" and a ribbon for Vets that is black and white. Contact Paige Johnson to get a single item or a supply to sell.
Ways you can help
For a list of ways that you can support the Troops deployed to all locations, visit our Support The Troops page.