Letters from Home

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Here’s your chance to share Christmas cheer with local people stationed abroad in the military.
For the past few years, the Post has asked readers to share addresses of family members who were in the military and would be stationed far from home during the holidays. We publish the addresses in hopes people here will let our troops know folks here are thinking about them.
The United States has 1.4 million people on active duty in the military. Some 173,000 troops are stationed in 150 countries around the world — more than 60,000 in Afghanistan.
Here are the addresses of eight members of the military with Rowan County connections whose families think they would appreciate messages from home over the holidays.
To get to the farthest bases by Christmas Day, the U.S. Postal Service recommends letters and cards be mailed first class by Dec. 3. The deadline for other foreign posts is Dec. 10.
If you know someone else who might like some letters from home, email their information to editor@salisburypost.
“I would like to submit my son’s name to the Christmas wish list,” writes Carol Campbell. “Unfortunately for obvious reasons, I cannot reveal a lot of information; however, he has been in the U.S. Air Force for 14 1/2 years.
“This makes the second holiday season in a row that he has been deployed and I would like to thank the Post and the community for their support. He was truly overwhelmed last year at the amount of mail he received.”

Eric Scott Campbell
Unit 9111 General Delivery
APO AE 09818-9111

“My name is Stephanie Deal. My son Casey A. Deal is in the Marines. He is stationed in 29 Palms, Calif. He joined while a senior in high school and trained at the recruiting office in Kannapolis until he went to boot camp Aug. 21, 2012. He is scheduled to be deployed in March of 2014. He will not be able to be home for the holidays this year or next.”

Lance Corporal Casey Deal
73973 Two Mile Road
Twenty-Nine Palms, CA 92277

Stephanie Deal continued: “Also his best friend, Zane Harmon, is in the Marines. They were to go to boot camp together but were unable. Zane went two months ahead of Casey. He is currently deployed in Afghanistan.”

LCPL Zane Harmon
1/9 WPNS
UNIT 13959
FPO AE 09510-3959
Amanda Richard sent a photo of Steven Fitton and his daughter, Kylee Fitton.
“Steven is currently deployed until February,” Amanda writes. “Kylee is currently living with Steven’s parents in Georgia until he returns back home. Steven has been in the Air Force for five years and this is his second deployment. He Skypes with Kylee as much as possible. Steven also has three stepchildren he keeps in touch with as much as possible. Steven has pictures all over the room in Kuwait where he is currently stationed. The pictures are the closest thing he has to home.”

Steven Fitton
APO, FE 09855
Thomas Mills is the son of Chris and Alicia Mills of Salisbury. Alicia writes:
“My son Thomas Mills is once again deployed over the holidays. He is in Afghanistan and I would like to include his address. He is a graduate from East Rowan High and joined the Army right out of school. He completed basic training at Fort Benning, Ga., where he became Infantry, was deployed to South Korea, and this is his second time in Afghanistan. He and his dog Taz look for IED and other types of explosives.
“Thank you for including him, he really appreciated all the cards he received last year.”

Mills Thomas (TEDD)
FOB Shank
APO AE 09364
Kay Farmer-Young sent information about Trevor Mullins, stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and currently serving his second tour in Afghanistan.
Trevor, who attended Catawba College and Appalachian State on baseball scholarships, is the husband of Brooke Hamilton Mullins. His parents are Sheila and Alan Moseley of Kentucky and Rusty and Holly Mullins of Mississippi.
A 2006 graduate of Ragsdale High School in Greensboro, Trevor is taking online classes at Catawba to finish a business degree.

SPC Trevor Mullins
55th MAC
FOB Marmal
APO AE 09368
Justin Reid is the son of J.R. Reid of Rockwell and Lisa Myers of Salisbury. He is the grandson of Mary Dixon and Alma Reid.
Mary Dixon writes:
“Justin has been in Air Force since February 2010. He is currently serving in Jordan. Home base is Shaw Air Force base in South Carolina. …
“Justin is a 2008 graduate of East Rowan High School. He is married to Amanda Dunn of Rockwell. They have two beautiful children, Maverick, age 4, and Aria, age 2.”

Justin Tyler Reid
Unit #61803
APO AE 09321-0003
Christopher Streetman is from Granite Quarry where he was a volunteer firefighter with the Fire Department. His information was sent in by “Grandpa and Grandma Streetman” of Salisbury.

Private 1st Class Christopher Streetman
1/5 Infantry Regiment, C Co
3207 Neely Rd
Ft. Wainwright, Alaska 99703