Archive for December 2010

Army Families Cope With Holiday Separations

December 3, 2010

American Forces Press Service – By Elaine Wilson

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2010 – Amy Scarpulla hopes her deployed husband can call home tomorrow before final Thanksgiving meal dish is rinsed and the last of the turkey leftovers are packed away in the fridge.

But after dealing with five deployments in 12 years, she’s all-too aware of the mission-first mentality of the combat zone. Her husband, Army Sgt. 1st Class Wayne Scarpulla, is serving with 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment on Forward Operating Base Connolly, Afghanistan. Read the rest of this entry »

Dr. Biden Welcomes Guard Children at Holiday Event

December 2, 2010

National Guard Bureau – By Army Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2010 – To kick off the holiday season, Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, welcomed children with parents serving in the National Guard as well as children from local schools to the official residence of the vice president yesterday to make holiday ornaments, decorate cookies and write letters to servicemembers overseas.

“One of the things I love about being the wife of the vice president is getting to welcome people to our home,” said Biden, adding that school children also visited last year. “This year, I wanted to welcome school children to come back and be our very first holiday guests.” Read the rest of this entry »