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After 1,500 flights, veterans still give deploying Soldiers proper send-off

 

Top Intelligence Agencies News – A lone veteran stood in a quiet airport hallway and extended his hand to thank a Soldier heading off to combat. He continued the simple but grateful gesture to hundreds of others who passed by him during their short layover here.

As the hallway opened up to a waiting room, the cluster of Soldiers, government civilians and contractors — coming off a military-chartered jetliner headed to Southwest Asia from Fort Bliss, Texas — were suddenly engulfed by dozens of other cheerful volunteers.

The greeters, as young as schoolchildren to World War II veterans, had come out to give the deploying personnel what they called a proper send-off.

For retired Sgt. 1st Class Pete Tiews, a Vietnam War-era Soldier, the mission of the group, called the Pease Greeters, is a personal one to him.

“I saw many of my friends come back from Vietnam and get tomatoes, eggs and urine balloons thrown at them,” he said. “We have to show respect and honor to these people who are going over to fight the battle and keep us free.”

Since 2005, the group has greeted more than 1,500 flights full of hundreds of thousands of troops deploying or redeploying downrange.

Tiews estimates he has seen the majority of those flights and it never gets old when the lines of Soldiers walk off the plane. Read more

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After 1,500 flights, veterans still give deploying Soldiers proper send-off

A lone veteran stood in a quiet airport hallway and extended his hand to thank a Soldier heading off to combat. He continued the simple but grateful gesture to hundreds of others who passed by him during their short layover here.

After 1,500 flights, veterans still give deploying Soldiers proper send-off

A lone veteran stood in a quiet airport hallway and extended his hand to thank a Soldier heading off to combat. He continued the simple but grateful gesture to hundreds of others who passed by him during their short layover here.