Sergeant Ray Ealdama, Afghan National Police Mentor, Rcmp International Peace Operations, Camp Nathan Smith- Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team Kandahar, Afghanistan
This past summer in Kandahar was particularly hot. It was not uncommon for the temperatures to reach as high as 60+ Celsius (140+ F), with a daily average being mid 50+C (130+ F). Coupled with the fact that our members and soldiers were wearing and carrying well 60-75 pounds of equipment and weapons. The stifling heat was certainly enough to make any endeavour an exercise of pain and discomfort.
Further to this, our area of operation experienced a shortage of water supplements. Both CivPol members and soldiers were rationed in their supplement usage, to only be distributed to elements "leaving and working outside the wire". The receipt of elete supplement packets at the height of the summer season, was an unexpected but welcome surprise.
I know that you probably receive many letters of thanks, from soldiers and civilian personnel working in the two theatres of conflict, Afghanistan and Iraq. But I wanted to add my personal "thank you".
Although I had never heard of elete prior to receiving the care packages, I am now a true believer. I can honestly say, that elete supplements helped and saved both myself, my contingent members and elements of the Force Protection Unit here at the PRT, while we were out doing our jobs.
Thank you for your support and the generous donation of product to the folks here at the KPRT. You certainly made this past summer more bearable and those packets of elete, which remain, will continue to assist the new rotation of CivPol and military personnel, who continue the good work here in Kandahar.
Yours very sincerely and respectfully