July 8, 2006

GI Go says Thank You to the 416 in a "Sweet" Way

The GI Go Fund was in Morristown, Pennsylvania this past Sunday delivering donuts and pastries at the 416th Civil Affairs Battalion picnic for departing troops.

Photo of the 416th Civil Affairs Division.

The GI Go Fund was in Morristown, Pennsylvania this past Sunday delivering donuts and pastries at the 416th Civil Affairs Battalion picnic for departing troops.

The picnic was a set up to give the soldiers an all-American farewell, with softball for the troops and water sports for the kids.

“This was nothing,” said GI Go President Jack Fanous. “These brave men and women are out here doing the hardest job in this country, defending its freedom. We feel that donuts were the least we could do to show our support."

Established in 1952, the 416th was originally organized as a Military Government Company, contributing in such campaigns as disaster relief in Lebanon in 1977. After it was transformed into a CA in 1992, the battalion has assisted in civil affair aid in almost every US military campaign and beyond; from Operation Desert Shield/Storm in Southwest Asia to Operation Restore Hope in the Republic of Haiti and even efforts in North Korea and South America.

The 416th served in Iraq conducting stability operations for the purpose of providing a secure and stable environment for the Iraqi people, as well as helping to develop a functional civil administration in the region. Their efforts include improving the Iraqi National Guard, stabilizing the once corrupt health care system under Saddam Hussein, and conducting numerous free health screenings for over 100 children, women, and men.

Other endeavors of the battalion include conducting Iraq’s first International Women’s Conference last March. The conference recognized coordinated efforts of women everywhere for equal rights and political and economic equality.

“It’s great to see something like this,” said Battalion CSM Michael Grandy upon GI Go’s arrival. “Usually when people say that they support the troops, they never understand what it means or how to do it. These guys came and really helped out.”

The GI Go Fund is a non-profit organization that pledges to support all our troops by relieving the stress that comes with defending our great nation.