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Marine returns from Afghanistan, says thanks for support from home

  • TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Sgt. Jake McCloskey (seated), United States Marine Corp. is joined by Pencor Services Inc. employees (l-r) Mary Beers, Carleen Ladden, Connie Kravelk, Julianne Farina, Paula Patterson, and Tom Lager during a visit Tuesday to…
    TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Sgt. Jake McCloskey (seated), United States Marine Corp. is joined by Pencor Services Inc. employees (l-r) Mary Beers, Carleen Ladden, Connie Kravelk, Julianne Farina, Paula Patterson, and Tom Lager during a visit Tuesday to company headquarters.
Published October 29. 2009 05:00PM

Sometimes the simple things in life can prove to be a real godsend.

Pencor Services employees were reminded of that on Tuesday when they received a visit from Sgt. Jake McCloskey, United States Marine Corps.

McCloskey is the leader of a group of Marines in Afghanistan that Pencor supported last winter as part of its dress down day.

A Jim Thorpe native, McCloskey personally thanked Pencor for its support during a visit to company headquarters.

"A lot of my guys really appreciate it; you put a smile on our faces," McCloskey said. "We're so happy and very thankful to you guys for helping us out."

McCloskey, who returned home in August, said the items made a real difference.

"It really does renew faith," he said. "We really appreciate the jobs that you do."

Tom Lager, vice president, operations, Palmerton Telephone Company, said items such as hot chocolate, instant soup, and candy, first aid supplies, baby wipes, socks, and long underwear were donated through the program.

Lager said all the money that was collected will be donated to Operation: Touch of Home, based in Brodheadsville, Monroe County.

Operation: Touch of Home, is a military support group that was begun in 2004 by Dean and Sharon Green in preparation of their son's deployment to Fallujah, Iraq.

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