FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Philadelphia, Penn. - June 2, 2006 - AFCEA Liberty Bell Chapter donated a helmet upgrade kit to a deploying airman on behalf of Lt Gen Mike Peterson, Chief of Warfighting Integration and Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Air Force. Lt Gen Peterson was the speaker at the March 28th Technology Exposition at McGuire Air Force Base. The following day another helmet upgrade kit was donated to a Dover Air Force Base airman on behalf of Brigadier General Hank McCann, Commander, 261st Theater Signal Brigade, Delaware Army National Guard. In the past six months, the AFCEA Liberty Bell Chapter has donated seven kits worth $700 to local active and reserve soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines deployed or deploying to Iraq or Afghanistan.
Operation Helmet is a nonpartisan, charitable grassroots effort that provides helmet upgrade kits free of charge to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. These helmet upgrade kits consist of shock-absorbing pads and a new strap system. Operation Helmet depends on tax-deductible donations. For $75-$100, depending on the manufacturer, added safety and comfort can be provided for a trooper. But donations of any amount are welcome. The donation can be designated for a specific branch of the military, a particular unit or an individual trooper. 100% of donations go toward helmet kits. There are no administrative costs deducted and the Operationís books are available for inspection by anyone who wants to see them. To date, Operation Helmet has sent upgrade kits to over 7,000 troops. For more information, see www.Operation-Helmet.org.
About the Armed Forces Communications Electronics
Association (AFCEA) Liberty Bell Chapter
AFCEA is a professional organization that promotes industry-government cooperation in developing effective intelligence and information management. The Liberty Bell Chapter is made up of members in the southern New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware region, including Dover AFB, McGuire AFB, NAS JRB Willow Grove. For more information, see http://philly.afceachapter.org.
Maria Ferry, VP Publicity, AFCEA Liberty
Dr. Bob Meaders, President, Operation