Weston to Afghanistan: Soldiers to chat live with townspeople
Weston residents will have an opportunity to speak to a commander and troops on the ground in Afghanistan on Saturday, Dec. 11, and to learn how to support the military and their families as they approach the holiday season.
At the breakfast meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Weston, Lt. Col. Clay Padgett and other members of Task Force 1-22, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, dubbed the "Regulars," will take part in a live telephone link between Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, and Weston. The event will take place in the Parish Hall of Norfield Church beginning at 8:30 a.m.
"Weston Kiwanis is honored to be able to host this conversation with our troops in Kandahar," said Kiwanis Club President Mike O'Brien. "As a community service organization, we are proud to work not only within the Weston community, but also to reach out beyond our town and our borders to support the needs of our military as they go into harm's way to protect us."
This is Weston Kiwanis' fifth call-in from a combat zone. "This type of event offers an important connection between civilians and soldiers in combat zones," said Gil Sanborn, civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army for Connecticut. "We expect that family representatives of the `Regulars' will call from Fort Carson to hear Weston's support for their soldiers."
Attendees at the breakfast meeting will include individuals and members of other groups in town who support the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. They include Jane Young-Anglim, who has adopted several platoons; Tom Castrovinci and other representatives of the historic American Revolutionary War Fifth Connecticut Regiment, who have adopted two platoons; the Weston Garden Club; and the Weston Volunteer Fire Department.
In an initiative led by volunteer firefighter Joe Rainone, the WVFD has adopted the 30 to 50 members of the 3rd platoon of the "Regulars" and has dedicated Engine No. 3 to them. The firefighters will keep a ribbon on the engine in their honor until the 1-22 Regulars come back home. WVFD already has shipped nine care packages and will send the platoon tan T-shirts with the WVFD logo. Rainone's family is collecting goods for the troops. His daughter, Elizabeth, together with Sheila Cooperman's sixth-grade language arts class at the Weston Middle School, made a flag with personal dedications to send the troops.
For more information on adopting a troop, visit www.westonsupportsthetroops