Sgt. Grit, my name is Dennis Francis and I am 47 years old. I tell you that because I am now a security contractor in Afghanistan and have been for the last three years. I was a Marine in H S Company 1/2 from 1980-85 and was a police officer for 22 yrs before coming to Afghanistan. I am writing this letter to thank you for your support and dedication to Marines everywhere, because I want you to understand how much you mean to all of us. I have had the pleasure of being embedded with Golf Company 2/7 and working with the Marine Special Operations Command and I have to tell you that they do ” still make em like they use to “. I had to train hard just to keep up with them and I was proud to be allowed to operate with them. Their courage and bravery brought tears to my eyes during many battles and it was an honor to be excepted by them. By the way, I was affectionately labeled ” old dude”. They loved your products, the baseball caps and all of your stuff but were especially proud of the EGA patch that I proudly displayed on my combat uniform.
You are truly a hero to all of us and I just want to take this time to personally say a heartfelt ” thank you”.