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 Secretary Of State Employees Send Care Packages To Soldiers Overseas

7/31/2009
    
    Charleston, W.Va. – Some soldiers stationed in Afghanistan will be receiving a gift from the employees of the Secretary of State’s office in the next few weeks. 
    
    More than 25 pounds of items are being sent to two US Army soldiers stationed in Afghanistan. In the care packages, the soldiers will find items like shaving razors, snacks, and even t-shirts. They previously received a flag signed by Governor Joe Manchin. 
    
    The two soldiers who will be receiving the care packages are Pvt. Karl Streyle and Pvt. Kenny Houck. 
    
    Streyle is a native of Fairmont, W.Va. He shipped out in June on a one year deployment. He plans to return home in October to celebrate his 21st birthday with his family. 
    
    Streyle joined the military out of college. 
    
    “He wanted to go fight for our freedoms and our country,” said his aunt, Billie Jo Streyle. “He felt like it was his calling to go fight for his country with his brothers, as he called them.” 
    
    Houck was “adopted” by the Streyle family. He and Streyle are stationed together in Afghanistan, though the family has not been told exactly where because of security reasons. 
    
    “These young men deserve every thing we can do for them,” Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said. “I’m so proud of the job they are doing, and I’m so proud of the people in this office who have donated so many items to these soldiers. I hope when these soldiers get these care packages they know just how appreciated they are, and I pray that both of them come home safely.” 
    
    Streyle is the first of his family to be in combat. His grandfather is a non-combat veteran of the US Army, and his father was a West Virginia State Trooper. 
    
    The Secretary of State’s office has also sent a care package overseas to Chief Petty Officer Kenny Cutlip, a member of the US Navy Construction Battalion. Cutlip joined the Navy after 9/11, because he felt the freedoms that came under attack had to be defended. He shipped out to the Middle East on his first tour last fall, and is expected home in October.

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Jake Glance
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jglance@wvsos.com