An American flag flown over Camp Leatherneck, a United States Army base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, last June and dedicated to Brookdale Community College in appreciation for donations to its soldiers was presented to President Maureen Murphy Sept. 24.
The flag was presented along with a certificate of thanks by Nancy O’Shea, Brookdale’s Testing Services manager, and confidential secretary Rosemary Kochman, who coordinates Brookdale’s Employee Volunteer Connection. The donations of food and personal items were collected by the Employee Volunteer Connection and the Radio Club last April.
O’Shea’s involvement with the effort was a family affair. Daughter Katelyn is a military police sergeant stationed at Camp Leatherneck from November 2012 to August 2013. It was Katelyn who brought to her mother’s attention the bare shelves at the U.S.O. there. When daughter Megan, a Brookdale student and Radio Club president, heard of the collection spearheaded by the employees, she petitioned mom to let the student club get involved, too.
According to O’Shea, as troups are moved out of Afghanistan, things like personal items and food are in short supply. Through the combined efforts of the students and staff, eight moving boxes of snack foods, cereal, shampoo, toothpaste, soap, popcorn, books, puzzles and other items were sent to the soldiers.