ANCDF Chemical Surety Specialist Will Bell (right) hands a box of donated items to Sgt. 1st class Brian K. Hughes, center, an Alabama Army National Guardsman at Fort McClellan. The donation, witnessed by another Guardsman, Staff Sgt. Brad Minton, was collected from Anniston Chemical Activity (ANCA), Anniston Field Office, and Westinghouse Anniston employees who helped fill the van in support of an Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) program to send care packages to Alabama Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan. Photo: Submitted by Michael B. Abrams of Jacksonville
Taking their cue from the Anniston Chapter of the Association United States Army (AUSA), Anniston Chemical Activity and Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility (Westinghouse Anniston) employees donated a van full of items that will soon be shipped to some 300 local Alabama Army National Guard Soldiers who are currently deployed in Afghanistan with the 1/167th Infantry Battalion (4th Alabama).
The objective of the AUSA Soldier Support Campaign was to build "Care Packages" of baby wipes, phone cards, books, movies, stationery, snacks, and other treats to make the Soldiers’ lives a little more pleasant during the Holiday Season.
With the support of the two top project managers, Timothy K. Garrett and Guy Campbell, Westinghouse Anniston employees Ginger Harvey and William Bell organized a site campaign to place collection boxes at key locations around the ANCDF complex. Everything that had been generously donated was delivered to the Alabama Army National Guard Training Center at Fort McClellan Tuesday.
The project was also supported throughout the local community. Collection boxes were set out at the local Walmart stores, at all of the AOD Federal Credit Union locations, and at the AAFES Stores on Fort McClellan and Anniston Army Depot.