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Lance Cpl. Chad Tech and the marines of the First Combat Engineer Battalion currently stationed overseas in Afghanistan with their just-received individual care packages. Photo courtesy of Cindy Tech

December 12, 2013
Lance Cpl. Chad Tech and the other 49 marines of the First Combat Engineer Battalion currently serving overseas in Afghanistan have a message for the Grosse Pointe community and everyone else who contributed to the "Supporting Our Own" care package drive.

"Thank you mom and everyone that helped out and donated for the 'Supporting Our Own' care package drive," Tech said in an e-mail to his mom, Cindy. "All the guys loved their packages. We really appreciated it. Thanks again."

Tech is one of four among his family and friends enlisted in the U.S. Marines. His brother, Pfc. Drew Tech, and friends Lance Cpl. Josh Stinson and Pfc. Jake Stinson have also enlisted in various capacities. Last month, the community rallied around the Tech and Stinson families and donated ample supplies of foods, games, grooming products, books and magazines for individual care packages the families shipped overseas to Chad Tech's unit. The 50 care packages arrived in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving.

"Our family would like to thank the entire Grosse Pointe community for making this care package project all possible," Cindy Tech said, making particular note of the generosity from Harry and Lynn Kurtz, Dennis and Mary Anne D'Hondt and Tom and Judy Niswonger, as well as students at Grosse Pointe North and South high schools, the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, Ed Lazar, the Stinsons, the high school chapters of the National Honor Society and Young Americans for Freedom and Mason, Maire, Monteith and Richard elementary schools.

"I was just really happy with the turnout of everything and I think it went really well and the marines were really happy when they received all of it," said Christy Tech, Chad and Drew's sister who co-led the care package drive along with Marissa Stinson, Jake and Josh's sister. "It was kind of cool to have everyone there to help."

Chad Tech's troop is due back in the U.S. late April or early May. They have been overseas since the end of August, making the support from family and friends back home feel more special.

"(The care packages go) a long way in providing a lot of happiness for these kids," Cindy Tech said. "A lot of these guys don't have what my son has. Not everybody has the support. That's why it's so important to thank the community and let them know what they did.

"(The troop) just couldn't believe that somebody would do this on (Tech's) behalf for everybody."

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