The 787th Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit from Joint Base Lewis - McChord was deployed to

Irbil, Iraq, on April 1st, 2017,

where they remained on duty station until December 23rd, 2017,

when the returned home just in time for Christmas with their families and friends.

Wenatchee Valley VFW Post 3617, having formally adopted the unit,

provided care packages which included: 

Keurig Coffee Makers for each platoon,  K-Cups, Creamer, Sugar, Stir Sticks,

and last, but not least, our Post Embossed Insulated Coffee Mugs for all members of the company.

Subsequent Care Packages included a breadmaker, a selection of bread dough mixes,

toiletries, and smokeless tobacco products.

While many in our post voiced their negative feeling for having provided smokeless tobacco products,

many members of the Post, who have served in Combat,

understand the necessity for some sort of stress maintenance.

Certainly, as an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit,

flaming tobacco products were a bit out of the question,

and they were requested by our adopted unit

and we were able to secure a source for these products with the

Mill Bay Smoke Shop in Manson, Washington and part of the 12 Tribes Colville Casino's,

who provided them to us for shipment at Cost.

Our post thanks the Managers and Staff at the Mill Bay Smoke Shop

for their support of our Deployed Veterans.

We also had two local middle school students who chose to make

their class project providing care packages.

We were contacted, and with our members, prepared care packages for each member of the unit.

The two students are Jason Jacoby and Gunnar Tveten, of Foothills Middle School.

They were presented Certificates of Appreciation from the

787th E.O.D. at a ceremony held at our post in October.

The Blog for 0ur adopted unit shows photos from these and other events

and we welcome you to take the time to look them over, and post your comments.