Coffee – and lots of it add in an extra shot of boosted morale and that’s what service members are receiving through “Operation: Holy Joe.”
Thanks to chaplains working with non-profit organizations like Holy Joe’s Café and its founder, Thomas Jastermsky, thousands upon thousands of K-cups have been graciously delivered and gratefully received at military bases and deployed operations around the world.
Here on Fort Hood, 4-5th Air Defense Artillery Battalion’s Supply Support Activity Soldiers have recently been busy fielding and distributing one such share of this heavenly bounty; 500,000 K-cups retailing at approximately $300,000.
“The Soldiers worked really hard downloading the coffee,” 4-5 ADA Bn. SSA officer-in-charge CW2 Terence Priest, said. “It took about five hours to download roughly 60 pallets.”
With a distribution to the 120th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division West, Chaplain team in early June at the 4-5th ADA Bn. SSA warehouse, the program remains alive and well due to chaplain coordination efforts like that of 69th ADA Brigade’s Chap. (Maj.) Theodore Randall.
“It’s really all about the Soldiers,” Randall said, adding, “I figure, if these warriors are willing to put their lives on the line, the least we can do is provide them as much of this small comfort as possible.”
Indeed, these small comforts add up in a big way, yet the Fort Hood shipment’s $8,000 delivery cost was covered purely by CFI Trucking.
The outreach since 2006 is uncanny.
“It’s amazing what people can do when they come together for a common goal,” Jastermsky said, “it just kept growing, and for us, we’re honored to deliver this support to the troops and the chaplains. It’s about resiliency and letting them know they’re not forgotten. It’s our way of saying thanks.”+