Monthly Archives: June 2014

WMS SMILES Club Joins Pease Greeters

NH News Photographer

Pease Greeter Mr. D.

Pease Greeter Mr. D.
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Mr. D. gave the students a museum tour

Mr. D. gave the students a museum tour
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Students high-five the soldiers as they enter the terminal

Students high-five the soldiers as they enter the terminal
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The terminal entrance is called "Heroes' Walk". Greeters line the way, giving thanks for the soldiers' service and offering handshakes and hugs. Mr. Boisvert is on the left and the students are on the right.

The terminal entrance is called “Heroes’ Walk”. Greeters line the way, giving thanks for the soldiers’ service and offering handshakes and hugs. Mr. Boisvert is on the left and the students are on the right.
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Patriots' cheerleaders concluded the soldiers' entrance

Patriots’ cheerleaders concluded the soldiers’ entrance
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The students mingled outside with the soldiers, guests and other students

The students mingled outside with the soldiers, guests and other students
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Departure ceremony emcee George Davidson, retired Marine Corps, passes the microphone to retired Navy aviator Mack MacLean, a WWII and Korean War veteran. The Patriots mascot is in the background.

Departure ceremony emcee George Davidson, retired Marine Corps, passes the microphone to retired Navy aviator Mack MacLean, a WWII and Korean War veteran. The Patriots mascot is in the background.
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Windham High School student Travis Wallaker watches the ceremony as he waits to present the signed sweatshirt to the commander

Windham High School student Travis Wallaker watches the ceremony as he waits to present the signed sweatshirt to the commander
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Miss New Hampshire signs the National Anthem

Miss New Hampshire signs the National Anthem
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Retired longtime Patriots broadcaster Gino Cappelletti addresses the audience

Retired longtime Patriots broadcaster Gino Cappelletti addresses the audience
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Students watch the ceremony with former Patriots player Jon Williams

Students watch the ceremony with former Patriots player Jon Williams
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The SMILES Club waits at the "Fence Force", where visitors wave flags at the charted aircraft carrying the soldiers as they depart

The SMILES Club waits at the “Fence Force”, where visitors wave flags at the charted aircraft carrying the soldiers as they depart
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The Miami Air plane taxis the runway before departing for Camp Lejeune in North Carolina

The Miami Air plane taxis the runway before departing for Camp Lejeune in North Carolina
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Windham Middle School SMILES Club students joined the Pease Greeters on April 22nd. The festive event welcomed United States Marine Corps soldiers returning from Afghanistan. This was the first time the soldiers have been on American soil since last fall. Notable attendees included Miss New Hampshire, Miss New Hampshire Teen and Patriots representatives including their mascot, 2 cheerleaders, former players Jon Williams and Vernon Crawford and former broadcaster Gino Cappelletti.

American troops exited the aircraft transporting them to the United States from Afghanistan via Iceland were met at the gate by hundreds of cheering Greeters and well-wishers. The Greeters, from toddlers to decorated World War II veterans, met the troops with hugs, handshakes and smiles, while animal Greeters gave face licks and tail wags. Each of the troops made their way into the terminal via the “Heroes Walk”, part of the military museum housed at the airport in conjunction with the Pease Development Authority, the only such installment at a commercial airport in the country.

Once inside the terminal, the Greeters provided the troops with food, beverages, gifts, stuffed animals, camaraderie and companionship, all donated by local companies, private donors and the Greeters themselves. There is a permanent communications center and the troops are given cell phones to call anyone in the world free of charge.

Prior to departure the troops stopped at the U.S. Customs area for a brief ceremony, as they do prior to every flight. The veterans raised the flag and Miss New Hampshire sang the National Anthem; Everyone said the Pledge of Allegiance; A prayer was given thanking the troops and their families for their sacrifices. A star cut from a retired American flag was given to each troop.

The Pease Greeters is an all volunteer group of veterans and civilians dedicated to showing their appreciation for troops from all nations and military branches. They meet every troop flight, whether 2 A.M. on a Monday morning or 5 P.M. on a Saturday afternoon. New Greeters are always warmly welcomed. If you would like to donate or participate, please visit their website at www.peasegreeters.org

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Scott Brown’s Senatorial Campaign Heats Up in Windham

Scott Brown met with several local business, municipal and political leaders on May 21st at A.J. Letizio Sales & Marketing following lunch with his wife Gail Huff, retired WCVB news reporter, at The Lobster Tail Restaurant. On June 1st he participated in the Lobster Tail’s 5K run/ walk benefit for the American Cancer Society, followed by an appearance at Waterhouse Country Store on June 2nd.

A dozen or so people attended the closed door meeting on May 21st. Topics discussed included challenges with his own New Hampshire Senatorial campaign against incumbent Jeanne Shaheen as well as some of the overall challenges currently facing the Republican Party.

Mr. Brown was elected U.S. Senator representing Massachusetts in the January 2010 special election, held to replace Senator Ted Kennedy after his passing. He was defeated by long time Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren in the regular election in November 2012.

According to his campaign Mr. Bown is a 35 year Army National Guard veteran and recently retired with the rank of Colonel. His posts included Afghanistan, where he worked on contracting, fraud, waste, and abuse issues. He also performed duty in Paraguay and Kazakhstan. Career highlights include rewriting the sexual assault regulations for the National Guard Bureau, a cause both he an his wife have been personally affected by. He was recently awarded the Legion of Merit medal and the Maryland Distinguished Service Cross.

Scott Brown and Gail Huff sold their family home in Wrentham, MA home in January of this year to reside full time at their vacation home in Rye, NH, which the couple have owned for over 20 years. According to the campaign Mr. Brown has deep roots in NH, having been born at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, where his father was an Airman at Pease Air Force Base. His NH lineage traces back at least 3 generations.