Armed Forces News

Volunteers at the American Red Cross facility at Incirlik’s temporary terminal are providing hot beverages and baked goods to thousands of troops transiting the base during a massive troop changeover in Iraq. Most of the soldiers line up for a cup of hot coffee or a handful of homemade chocolate chip cookies to kill time as they wait to board a plane home. But others stop to talk. “We’ve had soldiers sit and talk with us for hours,” said Vicky Wisnom, American Red Cross station manager. “They tell us stories about the war and their personal experiences, or talk about their families. We just let them talk because that’s what they need to do.” Erin Leonard, a Red Cross volunteer, has done everything from baking cookies to sewing on patches for the soldiers when the tailor shop is closed. In turn, the troops are very appreciative, she said.