At the Operation Soldier Care’s 83rd packing session on Saturday, August 10th at First Baptist Church of Naples we had the honor to personally “thank” one of our local U.S. Marines for his 5 years of service. I have to say that it is a rare and true pleasure for me and all the OSC volunteers to actually meet a Marine that we supported and have the opportunity to shake their hand and thank them for their service.
Corporal Brett Decker was stationed at U.S. Marine base Camp Pendleton and was also stationed at Camp Allen for a brief period during his 5 years of Active Duty. Cpl. Decker was an Infantryman and had served a 7 month tour in Helmand Province, Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom during 2010 to 2011.
It was during this deployment to Afghanistan that OSC had shipped care packages to Cpl. Decker.
Cpl. Decker completed his 5 years of Active Duty and arrived back in his hometown of Naples, Florida with his mother Kim Pehlke on August 9th. “It hasn’t hit me yet”, says Decker when asked how he felt to be a Veteran Marine. With his arrival from the long road trip from California to southwest Florida still less than 24 hours old he had not given much thought to his plans yet, but said that he would most likely pursue a college education.
We truly appreciate U.S. Marine Veteran Cpl. Brett Decker’s service and we were honored to have he and his mother Kim visit with us. We wish Cpl. Decker all the best and we will keep him and his family in our prayers during this transition period back into civilian life.