FROM THE FIELD

Help US soldiers restore peace to Somalia

Dear supporters, In the face of violent extremist organizations like al Shabaab and ISIS, our troops have made significant progress in helping local partners take back ground held by these terrorist groups in Somalia. One of the biggest threats to US troops in the region, however, are improvised explosive devices, strategically placed by violent extremists … Continued

Surf’s up, Vietnam

Dear supporters, I recently returned from a trip to Asia, where I was able to meet with US partners in three different countries, and add a significant chunk of miles to my frequent flyer program. My first stop was Okinawa, where I met with members of the US Army Civil Affairs and Special Forces soldiers … Continued

9/11 and the idea of America

Greetings, The attacks of 9/11 were attacks on the idea of America not only on our people and soil. Each of us has our own story about where we were and what we were doing when we learned of the attacks, and what it meant to us. For me, the attacks were a wake up … Continued

Helping US troops bring peace to Niger

Dear supporters, As you read this, SoA Project Manager Nick Glasgow is en route to Northern Niger to provide support for the Cure Salée (Salt Treatment) festival. The annual celebration of the end of the rainy season, hosts nomadic ethnic groups such as the Tuareg, Peuhl, and Fulani, and includes camel races, music, food, artisan … Continued

Help us meet our goal: support US troops in Guatemala

Dear supporters, In northern Guatemala, US Army soldiers teach local units lifesaving medical aid techniques for people injured by landmines near the Guatemala-Mexico border. These units frequently encounter urgent medical emergencies requiring specific medical skills and supplies to treat properly. Unfortunately, these units often do not have the training and equipment needed to assist, turning … Continued