Back in February, Sapphire students created personal Valentine’s messages to send to United States soldiers serving overseas. This week a response from one of the soldiers reminds us that sometimes the smallest gestures make the greatest impact.
I wanted to say thank you on behalf of 1-18th Infantry Battalion for your student’s valentine cards. That truly means a lot to us and I have handed them out to all the Soldiers within our organization. That is one of the best things to receive in the mail as it brings a sense of home overseas. We appreciate the love and talent in every card. The deployment has been going well and the unit as a whole have been hard charging and getting after protecting the values we hold sacred. We are about 3 months away from coming home to seeing our families and loved ones which often gets hard because you are so close to the finish line. The valentine cards give us that extra boost needed to get through day to day missions and struggles. Your students should be proud of themselves as we are of them and tell them from us to continue to study and work hard. They are the next future leaders of society and we love protecting that and many other values. I wanted to say thank you again and I have been in your schools area as I am a West Point Graduate from the class of 2013. If you ever need anything please don’t hesitate to ask.
Cody D. Ikkala
1-18IN Task Force Engineer
“Until the Last Round”