Archive for the ‘Troops’ Category

A Very Successful Weekend With Warrior Hike

March 16th, 2014 No comments

Post here from SKK.

This year’s class of hikers includes 84 year old Robert Crampton from Springfield, Missouri and several young Marines from OIF/OEF with multiple tours. When Mr Crampton arrives in Millinocket Maine on 13 September, he will the oldest person to ever complete a through hike of the Appalachian Trail, and we will be there waiting with BBQ and other good stuff.

Warrior Hike founder Sean Gobin with Pershings Pathfinders Robert Crampton.

Transitions and Changes-Notes From the New CEO

July 22nd, 2013 No comments

A famous man once said, “There is no constant but change.” I have no idea who said it, but I’m sure he’s famous, or at least should be.

There have been several changes in the make-up and overall purpose to Cooking with the Troops in the last 10 months. Some we fought and lost. C Blake Powers stepped down as Chairman and CEO to pursue other passions, including embedding with various military units and reporting on good food and good spirits all over the world.  As a result, yours truly has taken over the reins doing double duty as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

We are fortunate to know so many talented, ambitious and dedicated supporters of our military and one of those very special people accepted our offer to become the President of Cooking with the Troops, Inc. That young man is SPC Chad Longell, currently serving the USA. Chad brings an inside baseball dimension to our group and an energy and dedication to mission that leaves me speechless.

Our illustrious Secretary and Director of Communications, Susan Katz Keating continues to astound everyone with her dedication to the NoVA region and especially Ft Belvoir. She is expanding the scope of our involvement in the community and homeless veterans especially. She has developed relationships with several vendors and provides a steady stream of foodstuffs to veterans where ever they be found.

I am pursuing events which feed Marines directly and whoever else might show up. The previous post written by SKK details our little soiree’ in Front Royal VA where we hooked up with Warrior Hike and provided BBQ to several Marines and other service members during a rest stop on their way to the end of the Appalachin Trail. My plan is to be in Millinocket ME on 14 September and feed those folks again with an old fashioned Southern meal.

Before that happens, CWTT is going to lend logistical and tactical support to VFW Post 6364 and help put a Family Day together for Hotel Battery 3/14 Marines on 18 August here in our backyard. (So to speak). The new Post Commander is a fairly young retired Marine Master Sergeant who is more than ready to prove the USMC motto applies for ever: Semper Fidelis Always Faithful.

Good stuff coming. Thank you Harrison Martin for all your help.


Bob Miller

With Warrior Hike on VFW Post 1860 in Front Royal VA

July 22nd, 2013 No comments

Cooking With the Troops Meets Warrior Hike: Pictures and a Plan!

 As promised, here are pics from Cooking With the Troops’ weekend barbecue for Warrior Hike. This group is in the process of “walking off the war” along the Appalachian Trail. On Friday, the hikers stopped off in Front Royal Virginia, and were met with good food and great company, courtesy of CWT and our master BBQ-er, Concrete Bob.
Harrison Martin,who helped organize the event in conjunction with VFW Post 1860, was on hand with her camera. She has very kindly allowed me to use some of her pics. As you can see, the mood was decidedly upbeat. Which is exactly what happens every time Bob lights up a grill. We’re so happy about this Warrior Hike outfit, btw, that we already are scheming on ways to meet this group with even more good food at trail’s end!

Bob has a ladle, and he’s not afraid to use it.

More pics, after the jump…

We love volunteers!
Thank you, VFW Post 1860.
Can’t talk… we’re eating…
If you look closely, you will see Harrison, Bob, and Boston Maggie amid the hikers and VFW folks.