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What's a good gift to send a friend in Iraq?

Discussion in 'US Military Services' started by Sierra22, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. I have a good friend who just arrived in Iraq on Tuesday and I'm thinking of things I can send him for Christmas. A Marine friend just informed me that Wet Wipes are a huge hit there. I'm just looking for other suggestions on things I can send him.

    Thanks for the help.

    -Sierra22
     
  2. Nobody has a suggestion for a guy serving over in Iraq?
     


  3. GSXRanger

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    Any type of comfort items... i.e. wet wipes, mouth wash, tooth paste, magazines, etc.

    The logistical chain is MUCH better now, than when I was there. The PX stocks most anything one would need.

    Take it from me... ANYTHING from home is good. Even just a letter.

    Go to the local school, and have the first graders make him / her some finger paint pictures. That will touch deeply.

    It isnt about WHAT to send the soldier / marine / airman / sailor... it is the thought that SOMEONE back here is thinking about them.

    God Bless you.
     
  4. MrMurphy

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    I am downrange (nicer facility, but hey, it's USAF).

    what he said. Depending on his job (what does he do) you can send him work-related stuff. i could use a knife sharpener as all my knives (i have five or six) have been slowly been getting duller from constant use and the rod sharpener isn't doing much.

    if he's infantry, socks! (sounds strange, but true) the good bootsocks i mean. We can get nearly anything here, but some things only come now and then if ever, so pretty much wait two weeks and ask him. He'll know by then.
     
  5. GSXRanger

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    I will attest to what Mr. Murphy said.

    SOCKS!!! OMG, SOCKS!!!

    My absolute FAVORITE sock is the Wigwam 40 below.

    Dont be fooled by the name... let me tell you, best darned sock I have ever worn. They are not cheap... but well worth the $$ spent on them.

    They are marketed as a WINTER sock, but trust me... they are just fine in the desert as well. I got turned on to these back in 2001 when I went to Afghanistan the first time... and to date, the BEST sock I have ever worn. I have tried them all...

    In fact, I have them on right this minute, with my ACU boots. Nothing beats them in my book.
     
  6. 4TS&W

    4TS&W 2A RKBA 4EVER

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    Alcohol, and porn, disguised as other stuff... :)
     
  7. RoyG

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    Back on my mid-tour now.

    Depends on where he is. Most of the FOBs have a PX where they have plenty of wet wipes.

    Get him some DVDs. Even if he is on a large FOB with a well stocked PX, the PX does not discount DVDs. Go someplace and order him some of the TV/HBO series.


    My wife has sent me the old SOAP series. LMAO!!!

    Good boot socks are always welcomed also.
     
  8. GSXRanger

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    Roy made a valid point... DVD series are welcomed. I for one, had an Op-Tempo that was through the roof... but, my team always had "movie night" when possible.

    Don't even think about porn and booze... that's begging for trouble. I know that comment was meant as tongue-in-cheek humor... but, they screen pretty heavily.

    Keep the ideas coming... if I think of more, I will post.
     
  9. GreenDrake

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  10. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

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    Yeah... I just got the SwissGear retractable Earbuds for mine, about $30 courtesy of my wife, and they are sweet. Cut out exterior noise, and no cords to tangle up.

    If he has ANY Ipod, get him the Pelican i1010 case for it about $20 from www.actiongear.com everyone that sees mine wants it, and they're tough as hell.

    I like Fox River socks, $7 a pair or so, and worth every penny on long marches or long days on foot.
     
  11. 4TS&W

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    here and there...

    Yes it was. I hope at least someone thought it was funny. :)
     
  12. deadday

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    Sorry, must've missed this the first time around. Some good suggestions up there, but DO NOT send booze. Please, for the love of God, DO NOT send booze. There's plenty of time to drink when he/she comes home. Not only will booze get them (and you in trouble if caught) it can get him/her and their squad mates killed.



    drew
     
  13. slaytera666

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    Giving somebody work related stuff is stupid unless they request it. Would you give your wife a mop and bucket for Christmas? Hell no. Give something useful but personal. When you are in the desert, anything is good.
     
  14. MrMurphy

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    I didn't say send it in blind but if he needs it and you can send it, any help is better than none.

    I like getting anything from my wife, since she usually tosses a copy of SWAT and a letter or two for me in there too.
     
  15. slaytera666

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    SWAT huh? So I guess you are EST right? No I seriously doubt it.

    You know what Murphy? I've met a bout 100 guys just like you since I've been in. Guys in their late 20s joining up because they just want to "serve".
    Yeah right. You failed at life and the military was your last resort. You chose the AF, the path of least resistance. Don't try to bull**** me either because I do the same thing you do only better. Keep it up with your pelican ipod case, big ass "tactical wallet", and 6 dull knives you gear queer. And the only thing you need good socks for is to walk to and from the dining facility.
     
  16. swingline

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    I think some of my PJ buddies would take exception to that.
     
  17. MrMurphy

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    Gee, I don't know, giving up a career with NBC as a senior staff photographer at an affiliate and fighting to get the AF to take me (medical problems) for four years before I finally got in doesn't seem like "failing" to me. I had multiple opportunities to become a civilian cop and several different departments were interested in me. My family has been in the military and around it for centuries. I chose, and worked hard to come in. I planned to go into intelligence, ended up in Security Forces (backup plan). If I hadn't wiped my knees out, I would be doing 20 and getting out.

    If I was a halfway decent runner and younger, I would have gone Army infantry. Being 25+ by that time, I was realistic and knew my physical limits enough to go AF, despite the fact I would have preferred Army. AF mentality tends to drive me nuts.


    Sorry, I don't know about needing socks and all, I've only humped a ruck all over Germany in training, and spent 14+ hours on my feet doing entry control points. I wouldn't possibly know about good socks right? I've nearly got hypothermia in a Humvee turret in an Italian winter pulling security details and I've been deployed for 3 months so far doing perimeter security for an airbase. Obviously, I chose the path of least resistance. I could have chosen to be a Services geek and passed out volleyballs and towels stateside.

    I just got off a 14 hour shift carrying an M240 and a thousand rounds of 7.62 and a spare barrel around. Obviously, I did it because i'm a weakling.


    I came over here with a sheath knife and a pair of folders. I keep finding more because other morons leave them laying around in trucks, sitting on the runway, etc and nobody claims them. Sooooooo I now have five or six. I already gave one to a young broke airman who didn't have a blade.

    Got a problem with people who buy gear on their own when the issued crap doesn't work?
     
  18. pangris

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    And I've met 1000 people like you - people that can't read the TOS of this site.

    Keep insulting people serving in our military, members of this board, having a generally crappy attitude toward life, and your time here will be very short.
     
  19. GSXRanger

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    This is a LEGIT topic, on a LEGIT subject. Hopefully, those of you out there that WILL send something to one of our heroes overseas, can get some ideas from this thread.

    Can we please keep this on topic?

    I for one, could care LESS what you do in the Civilian world, or what you do in the Military. If you are serving right now, to me... you are a hero. If you support those that serve, then to me... you are a hero.

    From Cook to Dentist, Mortuary Tech, to Front Line Operator... Intelligence, to Infantry... we are all part of the big picture... spokes on the same wheel.

    Now, if you guys wanna call each other names, and bash each other around... I would suggest you do it elsewhere.

    Now, back on topic...

    that is all.