Rob Thompson of Oxford is proudly serving with the 1156th Engineer Company in the New York Army National Guard, which is based out of Kingston and Camp Smith.1818

Thompson and his unit are in the middle of conducting missions in the United States Central Command area of operations and the 1156th Engine Company will play a vital support role in Operation Inherent Resolve by accepting vertical engineering missions as they come up, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.


Thompson’s wife, Jessica would like to show her appreciation for these brave men and woman and shower them with love via care packages. Jessica has teamed up with the Fort Hill American Legion Post 376 (17 South Washington Avenue in Oxford) to make that happen and has extended an invitation to our community to participate.

Jessica is ecstatic about this project, "I told some friends that I was putting together a care package for Rob's unit. They told me to put up some flyers, and then the whole thing snowballed from there. I'm so grateful for all the support!"

According to Jeanie Petersen, Community Relations for Oxford, items being collected for care packages include (but aren’t limited to):

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    Food Items

    Beef jerky and Slim Jims

    Powdered drinks (iced tea, Gatorade, hot chocolate, etc.

    Protein and granola bars

    Energy drinks

    Cans and packets of tuna

    Canned or cupped fruit

    Dried fruit, nuts and vegetables

    Sauces (hot sauce, bbq sauce

    Ground coffee and coffee creamer

    Instant oatmeal




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    Toiletry Items

    Baby wipes

    Head & Shoulders shampoo

    Body wash (for men and for women)


    Shaving cream and razors

    Deodorant (for men and for women)

    Toothbrushes and toothpaste

    Lotion and Chapstick

    Icy Hot

    Asprin, ibuprofen, Tylenol

    Foot powder


    Hand sanitizer and hand soap

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    Miscellaneous Items

    Puzzle books (word, number)

    Laundry pods and dryer sheets

    Cleaning cloths for glasses and glass cleaner


    Plastic model kits

    Itunes/Google gift cards


    Card games and DVDs


    Throw blankets



    Travel games.