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_______________________________ From: "Stratton, Mark E USA LTC USA BSOPS PANJ" To: Sent: Friday, November 21, 2008 9:34:57 AM Subject: I am Finally an UNCLE! (UNCLASSIFIED) Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: NONE Mom, Jen passed the great news! Please tell Frankie and Fae that we send our very best. I am so pleased that Frankie will now have to stay up at all hours of the night with a baby (instead of a guitar)...please tell him I am proud that he has started his family! Send some pics if you can. I am doing well...The Afghan mission here is a full time gig. My Engineers and Civil Affairs teams are working their rear ends off -- A lot of great stuff going on here (but nothing you will see on the news). I will send you a CD with pictures when I get my feet on the ground. The Change of Command was on Sunday and I have already had to 1) blacklist contractors for forged documents 2) fire interpreters for playing both sides, 3) convince the Governor to release an Army Corps of Engineering contractor from prison (the contractor did nothing wrong other than argue with the Gov) and 4) convince the Army Corps of Engineers to keep working in the Valley......A slow week evidently. Anyway - I love you and send my best! V/R MARK E. STRATTON, Lt Col, USAF Commander, Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team DSN Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: NONE

-----Original Message----From: Jan York Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 3:56 AM To: Stratton, Mark E USA Lt Col USAF PANJSHIR/CC Subject: Re: I am Finally an UNCLE! (UNCLASSIFIED)


HI SON, I JUST SENT YOU ANOTHER PACKAGE. HOPE AND PRAY THE MISSION IS GOING WELL. BUDDY AND I HAVE BEEN SICK WITH A MASTY COLD. WE'LL GET OVER IT ONE OF THESE DAYS. REMEMBER, WOLF BAY LODGE? IT BURNT TO THE GROUND ON SUNDAY MORNING. I STILL REMEMBER YOU AND MIKE ORDERING FROG LEGS!!! MOM AND I WERE LOOKING AT SOME OF HER OLD PICTURES OF YOU AND MIKE. IT WAS FUN. MARIA ROSE, FAYE AND FRANKIE ARE STILL DOING WELL. THEY ARE COMING OVER CHRISTMAS MORNING AND KERRY AND JASON WILL BE HERE ALSO. PLEASE TAKE GOOD CARE. I NEED TO GO NOW BUT MY THOUGHTS AND LOVE ARE WITH YOU, MOM

From: "Stratton, Mark E USA Lt Col USAF PANJSHIR/CC" To: Jan York Sent: Saturday, December 13, 2008 2:33 AM Subject: RE: I am Finally an UNCLE! (UNCLASSIFIED) Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: NONE Mom, Thank you so much for the package(s) - the packages tend to all show up at once. Sometimes it takes a week to get them from the States and sometimes it takes 3 weeks but I have received all of yours. The goodies and gifts are awesome and the Panjshir kids will love the paper/pens. It is too bad about Wolf bay Lodge -- I remember the Frog Legs and I also remember Mike getting his finger stuck in the Pinball machine. I also remember Little PopPop asking for bourbon with no ice there. Perhaps they will rebuild it better than before. I hope you all get well before Christmas - I know the Christmas festivities will take a lot out of you so hopefully you will be at full strength. When you see Frankie again please get some pictures with you and your newest grandbaby. I am sure Faye and Frankie will appreciate


some alone time (or at least some nap times) when they visit you all so you can watch little Marie Rose.... I am doing well here - We are at full throttle doing development projects here in the Valley. I still cannot believe I get paid to do this. Although it took years of tough jobs to finally get one I truly enjoy. I will make a CD of pictures to send to you for Christmas. It may take some time to get to you though because I cannot leave Panjshir until the 19th due to missions here (the Post Office does not come to our Forward Operating Base for mail). I love you and will chat later, V/R MARK E. STRATTON, Lt Col, USAF Commander, Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team DSN Cell: Adress:

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: NONE -----Original Message----From: Jan York Sent: Monday, December 29, 2008 10:24 PM To: Stratton, Mark E USA Lt Col USAF PANJSHIR/CC Subject: DEAR MARK, IT WAS SO GREAT HEARING YOUR VOICE ON CHRISTMAS. IT MEANS A LOT TO HEAR YOUR VOICE. I DIDN'T HEAR FROM JEN AND THE KIDS BUT I KNOW IT WAS WILD AND CRAZY WITH EVERYTHING GOING ON. BUDDY AND I WANTED TO CALL THEM BUT IT GOT


REAL WILD AND CRAZY AT OUR HOUSE TOO. WE HAD FRIENDS AND FAMILY IN THE HOUSE FROM 1:OO PM TO ABOUT 9:00 PM AND WE LOVED IT BUT WE WHERE REALLY BEAT! FRANKIE, FAYE AND MARIE WERE SUCH A JOY TO HAVE. MARIE IS A GOOD, SWEET BABY. I WILL MAIL YOU PICTURES. GRANDMA EVEN HAD A GOOD TIME. WISH WE COULD ALL BE TOGETHER AGAIN. PLEASE TAKE GOOD CARE AND THE LORD BE WITH YOU, YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR TROOPS AND THEIR FAMILY. LOVE ALWAYS, MOM Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: NONE

----- Forwarded Message ----From: "Stratton, Mark E USA Lt Col USAF PANJSHIR/CC" To: Jan York Sent: Friday, January 2, 2009 3:00 AM Subject: Panjshir PRT sends its best (UNCLASSIFIED) Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: NONE Mom, It is great to hear from you too. We are still working out our email issues so hopefully you get this - I think my emails get stopped if I try to send attachments so I will stop sending you pictures unfortunately. Life is good here - busy but good. I am in the best job I have ever had and love what we are doing here. I could not have asked for a better


Province to work in. The mountains are absolutely awesome and most of the people are very good. It is backwards here though - I am starting to understand why the people are stuck in the middle ages and it is complicated. I suspect that when the area gets developed and they have routine access to decent education and health care some of their hate and angst will go away. I see a lot of jealousy here for their neighbors and often times they will thwart their own good just to ensure their neighboring village does not get something better than they get. It is odd but a way of life here. This reminds me daily that America is by far the best country in the world and we are blessed to have been born "American". Anyway, I hope all is well with the whole family and I send our very best, V/R MARK E. STRATTON, Lt Col, USAF Commander, Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team DSN Cell: Adress:

----- Forwarded Message ----From: "Stratton, Mark E USA Lt Col USAF PANJSHIR/CC" To: Jan York Cc: Sent: Friday, January 16, 2009 10:56 PM Subject: RE: TESTING (UNCLASSIFIED) Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: FOUO Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: FOUO Mom, I Am OK but get email kickbacks too...We have a terrible time getting


the internet to work consistently too. I will try sending from hotmail to see if you get it.... Love, V/R MARK E. STRATTON, Lt Col, USAF Commander, Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team DSN Cell: Adress:

-----Original Message----From: Jan York Sent: Saturday, January 17, 2009 12:30 AM To: Stratton, Mark E USA Lt Col USAF PANJSHIR/CC Subject: TESTING DEAR MARK, ALL OF YOUR E-MAILS HAVE RETURNED. I NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU AND KNOW THAT ALL IS WELL. PEACE OF THE LORD BE WITH YOU AND YOUR TROOPS AND YOUR FAMILYS. LOVE, MOM Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: FOUO Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: FOUO

From: "Stratton, Mark E USA Lt Col USAF PANJSHIR/CC" To: Jan York Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 10:35 PM Subject: RE: EVERYTHING OK ON THE HOME FRONT, LOVE MOM (UNCLASSIFIED) Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: FOUO


Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: FOUO Mom, I hope this gets through! Thank you for the cookies and the emails and the packages. I love them all. I just wish communications worked better. I will try to call you again later tonight. Love much V/R MARK E. STRATTON, Lt Col, USAF Commander, Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team DSN Cell: Adress:

-----Original Message----From: Jan York Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 12:28 AM To: Stratton, Mark E USA Lt Col USAF PANJSHIR/CC Subject: EVERYTHING OK ON THE HOME FRONT, LOVE MOM DEAR SON, HOPE ALL IS WELL WITH YOU AND YOUR TROOPS. EVERYTHING HERE IS FINE. DELANEY IS TOO CUTE !! WOW A DAISEY SCOUT ! I SOLD 30 BOXES OF COOKIES AND SENT THE MONEY TO JEN TO SEND YOU THE GS COOKIES. HOPE YOU AND YOUR TEAM RELAX A FEW MINUTES AND ENJOY THEM. I DON'T HAVE ANOTHER PACKAGE READY TO SEND YOU. BEFORE I GO SHOPPING, PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU AND YOUR TEAM WOULD LIKE. I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH AND PRAY FOR THE SAFETY OF YOU AND ALL THE OTHER WONDERFUL AMERICANS WITH YOU. LOVE, MOM


Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: FOUO Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: FOUO From: "Stratton, Mark E USA Lt Col USAF PANJSHIR/CC" To: Jan York Sent: Monday, May 11, 2009 11:07 PM Subject: Happy Mothers day! Mom, We are all OK and actually pretty motivated as we approach the home stretch. I will try to call you again soon . Love much V/R MARK E. STRATTON, Lt Col, USAF Commander, Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team DSN Cell: Adress:

-----Original Message----From: Jan York Sent: Monday, May 11, 2009 11:13 PM To: Stratton, Mark E USA Lt Col USAF PANJSHIR/CC Cc: Jen Stratton Subject:

MAY 11, 2009 DEAR SON, I AM SO SORRY I MISSED YOUR CALL YESTERDAY. I REALLY WANTED TO HEAR YOUR VOICE. I'M GLAD BIDDY WAS HOME. HE FILLED ME IN. I KNOW HOW BAD YOU MISS YOUR FAMILY AND HOW BAD THEY MISS YOU. I HOPE THE NEXT 79


DAYS GOES QUICKLY AND YOU WILL BE HOME SAFE AND SOUND. PLEASE LET US KNOW WHAT KIND OF A CARE PACKAGE YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS NEED OR WANT. WE WOULD LIKE TO CHEER YOU GUYS UP!!! HOPE YOU GET THIS E-MAIL!! PEACE AND LOVE BE ALWAYS WITH YOU, YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR TROOPS AND THEIR FAMILY. TAKE GOOD CARE. LOVE, MOM PS. BUDDY SENDS HIS LOVE ALSO.

-----Original Message----From: Jan York Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 9:13 PM To: Stratton, Mark E USA Lt Col USAF PANJSHIR/CC Subject: WOW E-MAIL IS WORKING !

MARK, GLAD TO GET YOUR E-MAIL THIS MORNING. THANK YOU. PLEASE GIVE ME A HINT AS TO WHAT KIND OF PACKAGE TO SEND YOU. IT MAY BE TO LAST ONE BEFORE YOU COME HOME SO I WANT TO MAKE IT GOOD !! APPROACHING THE HOME FRONT SOUNDS GOOD. I/WE PRAY ALL GOES WELL. TELL THE GOVERNOR THANK YOU FOR ME FOR THE RUG AND IT WILL BE IN A PLACE OF HONOR IN OUR HUMBLE HOME. WOW, THAT IS SO NICE OF HIM. PEACE OF THE LORD BE WITH YOU, YOUR FAMILY, YOUR TROOPS AND THEIR FAMILY AND ALL THAT SURROUNDS YOU. TAKE GOOD CARE. I LOVE YOU. MOM


From: "Stratton, Mark E USA Lt Col USAF PANJSHIR/CC" To: Jan York Cc: Sent: Friday, May 15, 2009 6:00 AM Subject: RE: WOW E-MAIL IS WORKING ! Mom, It is great to actually have an email sneak through our email gate guards! I hope your Mothers Day was a great one. We are doing well here, it is now Spring and everything is greening up very nicely. It is amazing to think that in about 8 weeks everything will be brown again. The ground just cannot hold water so it is always a challenge to keep things going here. We are helping the locals plant about 120,000 trees in the province to reconstitute their fruit orchards that were destroyed by the soviets and hopefully this will help the ground hold water better too. We are right at 2 months and counting for coming home so we are starting to focus our energy on those things that are of high value. Today my Task Force Commander and I (with my engineers) flew a helo over a road we are building to the Province to our North (Badakhshan) and it was awesome. It is really good to see the length and breadth of our road from altitude - it is really going to transform this entire valley. It is a 70 KM road through the thickest mountains in the Task Forces area of responsibility. This road is probably the single greatest thing I have accomplished in my career and I think it will bring these people into the modern world for the first time in history. Fun stuff... I hope Grandma is doing OK and I hope you are getting some rest. I love you, Ohh -- as far as a Care Package - I am doing pretty good on stuff..but I could use a bunch of Raisenettes (no other candy though), some current pictures of you guys (including Frankie/Faye and Marie Rose), and perhaps a few DVD movies of recent releases (I have not seen a new movie in about a year). Thank you so much - it means a lot. Love, V/R MARK E. STRATTON, Lt Col, USAF Commander, Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team DSN Cell: Adress:


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