Sunday, December 23, 2007

Welcome The Troops Home @ DFW

One of the many things that will stick with me for the rest of my life was the welcome we received at DFW airport when I came back from Iraq for R&R (both times).

A local radio station (WBAP) is helping to organize the welcome over the holidays.

From their website:

Welcome Our Troops Home at DFW Airport!

Every day, more than 100 soldiers come through DFW Airport on their way home for two weeks of much-anticipated rest and recuperation (R&R). Under the R&R program, American servicemen and women receive these brief vacations from tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. WBAP joins forces with the DFW Airport for Operation Welcome Home, the mission to bring your family, your friends, your co-workers, your entire companies to welcome our troops home. Join WBAP at Terminal D-Gate 22 from 8:00 am - 11:00 am daily throughout the holidays as we welcome the troops home!

Please call the hotline number the night before you would like to go and then again in the morning before the flight to confirm flight arrival time. The Hotline number is 972-574-0392. Flight times vary due to winds and mechanical issues. Flights arrive everyday, weekends and holidays included. Large volunteer groups are encouraged. Groups will greet troops at Terminal D - Gate 22. Gates may change after the holidays. Please call the hotline to confirm gates. Parking is available in the lot to the left and obtain vouchers upon leaving (to pass through the toll). See a DFW Ambassador for parking vouchers.

WBAP and DFW would like anyone who wants to show these soldiers how much their commitment means to the North Texas community to participate.


For more info you can also go to these websites:
http://www.welcometroops.com/
http://www.dfwairport.com/heroes/index.html

Another reason to love Texas.

Having talked with soldiers who came through the Atlanta airport on their way to R&R, I was told they didn't recieve anything close to the greeting that was given at DFW. Those of you in the Atlanta area should see what you can do in that regard...just sayin'...I mean you don't want a bunch of Texans showing you up, do you?

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