Thursday, April 5, 2012

New Hampshire Girl Scouts Send Cookies to Soldier in Afghanistan

New Hampshire's Seacoast Online reports that a local soldier stationed in Afghanistan recently enjoyed a taste of home when a pair of Hampton Falls Girl Scout troops sent a special delivery to him at his base in Qalat.

Army Spc. Justin "J.W" Gitschier, who has been a member of the town's volunteer Fire Department for just over five years, was the recipient of dozens of boxes of Girl Scout cookies provided by Junior Troop 22030 and Brownie Troop 22931.

With assistance from the crew at the Hampton Falls Fire Department, "we shipped off a giant box of cookies," reported Fire Chief Jay Lord.

"It was a huge box of Girl Scout cookies," Gitschier, 26, confirmed in a Facebook message exchange with the Hampton Union.

Gitschier was more than happy to spread some hometown cheer in the direction of his fellow soldiers — Charlie Company Infantry men whom he calls "my kids" because "they're so young," he said.

"I always share my fortune with the guys of my unit," he said, "and between all of us the cookies were all gone within two days."

Gitschier enlisted in the U.S. Army as a combat medic in June 2009. He is stationed out of Fairbanks, Alaska, at Fort Wainwright with the 25 Infantry Division, 1/25th Stryker Brigade "Arctic Wolves," and puts his first responder training to work as an Infantry Line Medic in Qalat.

"I actually got started in the fire/medical training and in that field from joining the Hampton Falls Fire Department," said Gitschier, a 2005 Exeter High School graduate. "I wanted to help people and thought volunteering at the Fire Department was a good way of doing that."