Local Brownie Troop Supports Deployed JSTARS Members

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  • By Master Sgt. Roger Parsons
  • 116 Air Control Wing/Public Affairs

Local Brownie Troop Supports Deployed JSTARS Members

Brownie Troop 60136 from Lake Joy Elementary, Warner Robins, Ga., learned a valuable lesson in giving while Joint STARS flight crew members preparing to deploy were happy to be on the receiving end of 129 boxes of Girl Scout cookies.

What started as a Girl Scout service project in 1917 with the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, has become a tradition that Americans look forward to each year.

This year, Susan Allen, co-leader of the troop from Lake Joy, decided to use the annual cookie sale to teach the girls what donating is really about.

"We're trying to teach the girls about doing small things with great love. One of the things we can do for our military men and women overseas is to give them these cookies," said Allen. "Hopefully, they will understand we care about them and we hope they come home safely."

Though the Brownie's did the legwork during their annual cookie sales, the donated cookies were a result of community-wide support of the military. During a two week period where the troop went door-to-door and sold cookies at local supermarkets, people in the Warner Robins community were given the opportunity to purchase boxes for deployed military personnel.

"Whenever someone said they couldn't eat sugar or something, I said, well you can send some to the military," shared Delia Allen, a 3rd grader whose father, Lt. Col. Walter Allen, is a commander with the Joint STARS 16th Airborne Command and Control Squadron.

Their hard work paid off on March 6, 2012, when the Brownies were given the opportunity to tour the E-8 Joint STARS and deliver the donated cookies directly to flight crew members preparing to deploy. The girls completed their mission, to do something small with great love, as they loaded the boxes of cookies on the jet.

"We are happy, to say the least, to take the cookies over. We've all been on the other side of the Atlantic and we're always looking for something from home to make us feel a little better," said Lt. Col. Konata "Deuce" Crumbly, a pilot with the 116th Air Control Wing. "Everyone has their favorite. I know mine are Do-si-dos. When I see a box of Do-si-dos, I make a bee-line for them. They are really going to make a lot of people happy. I wish they could see the faces of the people that are going to get these cookies," said Crumbly.

When asked if she would like to say something to the men and women who are going to receive these cookies, Brownie Delia Allen simply said, "I hope they like them."