Dear St. Luke’s Family,
Thank you SO much for the generosity and support you showed to me and my men during our nine month deployment to Afghanistan.
Words will never be able to describe the thanks and appreciation we all feel. Most of you will never fully understand how something as small as a “care package” can make such a difference in a soldier’s life during a deployment. I wish I could personally thank each one of you individually, and so do my men! But, more important than the physical gifts, we all appreciated your prayerful support over these last nine months. It is unbelievable, considering some of our circumstances, that no one in our Platoon got hurt or died. Needless to say, thank you for your daily prayers. I look forward to coming home over the Christmas holidays and thanking you personally.
God bless you!
After completing a nine-month tour in Afghanistan, Daniel and his platoon arrived at Ft. Drum (Watertown, NY) on Wednesday morning, October 9th, much to the relief of his wife, Natalie, and his parents, Greg and Meredith! Having engaged in some serious combat over the last 270 days, every man in his platoon returned unharmed, no injuries!
Daniel and his men are so thankful to St. Luke’s for adopting their platoon and showering them with prayers, letters and care packages throughout their deployment.
He will be on the Island over the Christmas Holidays and will certainly express his appreciation to the congregation at that time.
Col. Dennis S. Sullivan, Commander, 2/10 Security Forces Assistance Brigade, congratulates 1st. Lt. Daniel Kronz of 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, after awarding him the Combat Infantryman Badge, May 28, 2013, at Combat Outpost Lilley, Afghanistan.
We sooo appreciate everyone’s prayers for Daniel and his men! And, for those of you who have sent care packages, thank you!
Daniel and his Platoon are so grateful!
It’s been awhile since we’ve sent an update, so we thought it was time to send one. Daniel is in an undisclosed location near the border of Pakistan, and the fighting season in Afghanistan has officially begun! Daniel’s Platoon has been involved in direct fire engagement with the enemy. They have been ambushed by Taliban Militants but have bravely counter-attacked and sent the enemy fleeing. Daniel and his Platoon are well trained, well supported and are the best Light Infantry in the world! We are so proud of these brave young men, and continue to pray for their safety. We’ve attached a few photos.
Care packages should continue to be sent to the FOB OE address that we provided earlier. The helicopters know where he and his men are and they continue to make “drops” as often as they can. And, as stated earlier, DANIEL AND HIS MEN ARE SO APPRECIATIVE!! It means a lot to them that people back home are thinking of them and taking the time to send letters and packages.
However, Daniel just informed us that After August 15th there will be no more mail delivered to them.
Soo……..he asked us to tell people to discontinue sending mail and care packages as of August 1st.
Daniel sends his love and greetings to all, and thanks you for your prayers and support.
We are so thankful for the love and support you have shown to our son!
Greg and Meredith
Daniel is in the back row – big smile on his face. Arm around his buddy.
The following email was sent from a grateful sergeant in Daniel’s Platoon:
We are all doing well over here. The weather is a bit cold and windy. Anyways, I would like to thank you for all the goodies and letters you have sent to us. We really appreciate it! It’s a morale booster for us when we get letters and stuff. It goes to show that people back home do care about us.
As for me, I live in Connecticut. I joined the military in 2007.
Again, I want to thank you on behalf of me and my soldiers.
We found out this morning that Daniel’s Platoon is no longer at COP Zerok. Until further notice, his mail/care packages will be delivered to FOB OE. For anyone sending packages or letters to Daniel, please send them to the following address:
1LT Daniel G. Kronz
APO AE 09311
If you have already sent them to the COP Zerok address, no worries! They will find their way to his Platoon. Daniel and his men are so appreciative of all the love, prayers and concern shown to them by the parishioners of St. Luke’s!
SFC Aaron Harre, who is The Platoon Sergeant (the Senior Non Commissioned Officer in Daniel’s Platoon) and who works alongside Daniel, is married, has three kids, and one on the way! He has served 16 years in the Army and is close to retirement. He has served multiple tours in combat: Iraq, and now Afghanistan. He plans to retire from the Army at 20 years. He writes:We are doing good over here, the hardest thing we struggle with is keeping the men's motivation and spirits up. It's a challenge in Leadership. One thing I can say is that the packages that the people from St. Luke’s have sent us, is way overwhelming, and gives something for me and my men to look forward to every day. Your care packages have prevented my men from having to eat MRE's (Meals Ready to Eat). They’re not bad at first, but eating them all the time gets depressing.The Prayers and Spirit coming from your Church is amazing; personally it has blown me away! When I was in Iraq we never had this many people that cared about us. All we heard about was the protesting going on back in the States, and no one cared that we were there; so I appreciate your kindness, and am extremely grateful and appreciative for that. It lets me and my men know we’re not forgotten by the American people. I guess what I'm saying is my men here only have their friends and families that recognize them, but when American citizens recognize us, it reminds us what we're fighting for.If I haven't said Thank You enough, Thanks again!SFC Harre, AaronUnited States Army / Fort Drum, NYaaron.firstname.lastname@example.org@yahoo.com
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Daniel Kronz with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment (2-14th), 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain, greets a local man in Sharmai, Paktika Province, Afghanistan, Feb. 18, 2013. U.S. Soldiers from Combat Outpost Zerok are in Sharmai to speak with locals to discuss human terrain information that will support critical decisions of the Command at Combat Outpost Zerok. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Raymond Schaeffer)
U.S. Army Cpt. Robert Smith, and 1st Lt. Daniel Kronz with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain return from patrol outside Combat Outpost (COP) Zerok, Paktika Province, Afghanistan, Feb. 20, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Raymond Schaeffer)