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Citadel News Service

For Release
Nov.18, 2003

Cadets making holidays merrier for troops in Iraq

          Citadel cadets are hoping to make the holidays a little brighter for troops who will spend it in the Middle East.

          On Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003, cadets will begin packing more than 500 holiday care packages to be sent to adopted military units and troops in the Middle East. The units all have Citadel graduates among those serving.

          Cadet Chad Buckel came up with the idea for the care package project while talking with friends over dinner recently. Since then, he has worked to get cadet support and seek out donations of money and items for the care packages from alumni, faculty and staff, businesses and other organizations.

          The Corps of Cadets has adopted the Army's 151st Signals Battalion and the Navy and Marines about the USS Enterprise. About 250 service men and women in each unit will receive individual care packages and several unit wide care packages also will be delivered.

          "The Corps has really rallied around this because many of us are thankful for what these men and woman are doing," Buckel said. "Many of them, including myself, realize that one day it may be us out in the middle of nowhere, and we would not want to be forgotten."

          Benefactors and sponsors who have contributed money, services or items for the care pacakges include the Corps of Cadets, John Prince of Candy Favorites candy company, Citadel faculty and staff, Georgia Chapter of the USO, Michael Rogers of The Citadel Alumni Association,
the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps ROTC detachments at The Citadel, Bambi Conrad, Citadel treasurer's office; Shelton Milner, Citadel Cadet Activities; Col. Scoot Powers and Capt. Bill Bell, of The Citadel Commandant's Department and Nancy Lefter, choral director.





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