May 10, 2010
Reigning Rookie of the Year for AVP Pro Beach Volleyball, Raquel Caulkins, is reaching out to her volleyball fans and friends to support the troops in Afghanistan. On Saturday, May 8, 2010 from 5-6 p.m., she will be appearing at Beach Pit BBQ in Costa Mesa to sign autographs and collect soft BEACH volleyballs, nets, soccer balls & basketballs for "Chief Morale Officer" Micah Redmond, son of Costa Mesa resident Mary Davis, who is with the Navy Seabees serving in Bagrum, Afghanistan.
November 28, 2007
Greg Danilenko has seen counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. He?s been in war zones in Chechnya and Bosnia and has seen the NATO bombings in Belgrade and Kosovo. He?s seen the Israeli-Palestinian conflict firsthand. On Thursday at UCI, Danilenko, a CNN cameraman, will discuss his experiences as an independent journalist in some of the most violence-plagued locations in the world. He will share photos and video footage from his reporting in Afghanistan and Iraq over the summer and discuss his recently filmed documentary about operations in both regions.
May 22, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH — For a year and a half, students at Mariners Elementary School have provided supplies to soldiers across the world. On Monday, one of them stopped by to say thanks in person. The school, along with Cub Scout Pack 325, adopted the U.S. Army's Camp Black Horse in Afghanistan in 2005. Several times throughout the year, Mariners students send toiletries, socks, candy and more to the soldiers — including First Lt. Jacob Margolis, a Costa Mesa resident whose children attend Newport-Mesa schools.
June 6, 2011
A best-selling author and journalist who was embedded with troops in Afghanistan for more than a year will give a guest lecture Wednesday evening at the Newport Beach Central Library. The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation is hosting a special program featuring Sebastian Junger at 7 p.m. at the Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave. Junger is the author of "The Perfect Storm," "Fire," "A Death in Belmont" and most recently "WAR," the product of spending more than a year in Eastern Afghanistan reporting from a soldier's perspective.
September 21, 2012
Prisoners of war and those missing in action were celebrated during the POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony Friday at TeWinkle Park in Costa Mesa. "Events like these are essential for democracy," said Chris Martin, a retired U.S. Army Special Forces sergeant who was the keynote speaker. Martin and his partner were attacked and injured while serving in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom in December 2002. As a result, they spent two months in Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where Martin said he had the honor of being the first wounded veteran visited by President George W. Bush.
September 10, 2011
Sue and William "Bill" Pollard last spoke to their son, U.S. Army Specialist Justin Pollard, on Christmas 2003. "We talked about how he was coming around to the tail end of his tour, and I asked him if he had any plans for when he got home, and if he thought that being in Iraq had been worthwhile," Sue Pollard said. "He said to me, 'I truly believe in the reason why we are here and that our being here is for the greater good. This is where I need to be.'" Five days later, he was killed by friendly fire in Iraq.
January 23, 2009
Temple Bat Yahm will hosts its annual Mitzvah Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. More than 200 students ages 5 to 14 from the temple?s religious school programs participate in charitable projects during the event. Among other service projects, the students and temple congregants will assemble gift packages for soldiers in Afghanistan and collect used sports equipment for needy children. Cantor Jonathan Grant and his adult choir will present a program at Heritage Pointe, a Jewish retirement home in Mission Viejo as part of the event.
August 30, 2007
The Costa Mesa-based nonprofit Snowball Express is set to welcome ab out 1,500 spouses and children of soldiers who have died serving in Iraq and Afghanistan to Orange County this holiday season, the organization announced Wednesday. This year’s itinerary will begin Nov. 30 with a dinner and concert featuring actor Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band at the Grove in Anaheim. The following day, the families will visit the Oakley Corporation headquarters for a holiday shindig featuring games and prizes and the weekend will end with a trip to Disneyland Dec. 2. Several veterans’ and civilian service organizations will be assisting with the activities.
December 22, 2007
Assemblyman Van Tran donated more than 300 phone cards to troops overseas Friday to try and bring them holiday cheer as they celebrate the holidays in Iraq and Afghanistan, officials said. In partnership with AT&T, Tran handed over several hundred phone cards, each with 100 minutes on it, to officials at the California National Guard and Army Reserve Joint Forces Training Center in Los Alamitos. “As Christmas rapidly approaches, I wanted to thank all of the soldiers for their service to our country and for all that they have done to protect our freedom,” Tran said in a news release.
September 8, 2007
Marianne Hess of Our Lady Queen of Angels church in Newport Beach is seeking community members to help her and other parish members put together care packages for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hess has been working on the project for two years, sending a supply of 20 to 30 boxes each month to U.S. troops. She started by sending gifts to her nephew, Camp Pendleton-based Lt. Mike Deal. With Deal preparing to leave for his second tour, Hess plans to adopt the 40 Marines serving under him as well.