Army Mom Brings Cheer and Gratitude to Army Outposts in Afghanistan

Operation HooahWhile her son has been deployed to Afghanistan, one Army Mom created a cause called “Operation Hooah!”  Operation Hooah! sends care packages to soldiers deployed to the Forwarding Operating Bases (FOB) in the rugged outer reaches of Afghanistan, where they have no access to facilities.

Here’s the cool part: for the past year, every package sent through Operation Hooah was personally delivered by her son, an Army Chinook pilot.  He ensured that every package got delivered. She is hoping to continue these package deliveries when his deployment ends, but will need pilots to be Santa Claus(s) for Operation Hooah.

And, getting those packages and flying them out truly enriched her son’s time in Afghanistan. As you can imagine,  he was a pretty popular guy with the soldiers out there.

operation hooahThousands of brave soldiers are deployed to FOBs in rugged conditions. Some in remote outposts live in dugouts or hand built fort-like structures of timber and rock/mud sandbags. In the WINTER, it is very cold and wet, and in SUMMER it is beastly hot, dusty and dry over there in Afghanistan. Soldiers deployed to outposts and firebases are often dirty, hungry, bored, lonely, very cold, or miserably hot, and much of the time, in harm’s way. Many do not have any laundry facilities; the only water is what the Chinooks can deliver, so some only get a shower once a month. Often, sanitary conditions are quite dispiriting. Though the platoon FOBs and outposts are resupplied by helicopter, it is no small task to keep them completely supplied and able to function and keep morale high when their surroundings are unsanitary, crude, hostile… and… WAY in the HECK out in the wilderness so far away from comfort, safety, and loved ones!

What an awesome job Operation Hooah is doing! There are 2 simple ways that you can help. Visit Operation Hooah! to find out how you can help! –



  1. says

    Thanks Lisa! i have no idea how many packages passed this year through Operation Hooah on to FOBs… sure wish my son could have kept track, but they keep them VERY busy out there, and there were some weeks that he flew 90 hours. However, the cause goes on and on… I just received word– a church group in Michigan just completed assembling items and packing them into 30 packages. These went off to Operation Hooah this morning!

  2. says

    Thanks for this suggestion. I often wondered how to make sure that soldier in the very remote areas are getting packages as well. I have always been busy sending my husband packages – and I will guide my energy to this operation once he comes back!

  3. Army says

    Hi Susanna!

    Thanks for caring about soldiers in remote areas. Operation Hooah! works to get care packages to our soldiers in the outpost remote areas. I like to send at least 1 per month through Operation Hooah!

    Best always, Lisa

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