Iowa National Guard is bringing a little taste of home to service
members stationed overseas in the Iraqi theater of operations. With
the help of Des Moines motor carrier Ruan Transportation, Iowa residents
and businesses, U.S. soldiers will be having a sweet corn feed in
the sand dunes of Baghdad next week.
always trying to come up with ideas about how we can bring a little
bit of home to our troops stationed overseas," said Sgt. Bob
Steffes with the 133rd Test Squadron located in Fort Dodge, IA.
"We had this idea to send one cooler of corn to a few of our
squadron members stationed in Baghdad and made a few phone calls
to see if it could work, and everyone was so excited about supporting
our troops that it just took off."
Transportation Management Systems, Garst Seed Co. and Kum &
Go, headquartered in Iowa, along with the Fort Dodge, IA, Wal-Mart,
pooled their resources to help the Iowa National Guard collect sweet
corn with all the fixins' and transport the corn to Charleston,
SC. On Wednesday, Aug. 6, the sweet corn will be flown to
Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and then to Baghdad, where troops will
unload the sweet corn and deliver to the service members stationed
in the region.
really excited that Ruan, Garst, Kum & Go and Wal-Mart are helping
us to send a little bit of Iowa to Baghdad," said Steffes.
"This couldn't have happened without their support."
Seed Co. donated 200 bushels of sweet corn, Ruan Transportation
Management Systems donated the logistics and transportation, Wal-Mart
donated butter, salt and pepper and Kum & Go donated coolers.
In addition, local residents, businesses and a radio station in
Fort Dodge donated additional coolers and ice for shipping and wrote
letters of support for the troops.
sweet corn send-off was scheduled for 12:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4,
in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Fort Dodge. Local residents and business
were set to be on hand to meet the Ruan truck and help prepare the
sweet corn for travel.