Here’s a recent thank you care package we received from the Tali-Banned Cigar Club, operating out of Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. In it was the club’s challenge coin, a flag flown Christmas Day on our behalf and more. We are so proud and so humbled to have received it.
The recurring theme in all of these thank you letters seems to be that our servicemen and women enjoy cigars as a little piece of home. We’re only too glad to have provided these brave men and women some small measure of comfort. Check out the official site for the Tali-Banned Cigar Club here to learn more about the organization.
Below is the full text of the letter.
Thank you very much for your donation of cigars to those of us here at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.
Our little group gathers outside one a week, rain, clear, or cold. We’ve seen attendance close to 100 in recent weeks despite the temperatures dipping below freezing. We gather around a couple of burn barrels to relax with all ranks and branches of the service, as well as many Jordanians, Egyptians, Poles, and civilians Your cigars went to newcomers who may not have brought a cigar their first time, as well as to supply cigars to troops at several of the FOBs supported by Bagram.
I am relatively new to the world of cigars, but my weekly cigar with the club has been the one truly enjoyable event of my tour; I return home in just a couple of weeks. Thank you very much for contributing to our little piece of home we’ve enjoyed while here.
I have included a disc with photos of our weekly “Tali-Banned Cigar Club” meeting, our club coin, as well as a flag flown on Christmas Day on a mission across Afghanistan on your behalf as a token of our appreciation. Your company was named and received applause for your support last week. I am not alone in my gratitude. On behalf of our club, I thank you for your support.
TSgt Benjamin Green
92 Security Forces Squadron
Famous Smoke Shop proudly supports our soldiers with Cigars for Troops. Cigars are always among the most-requested items from our hard-working men and women serving overseas. We feel a cigar is a great way to share a piece of home and a brief respite from the stresses of military service, and so we’re glad to support our brave troops with cigars in a variety of ways. We hope we can play a small part in making their lives just a little bit easier and less stressful. We recently deployed a care package to Kandahar, Afghanistan, where it was received and distributed by Capt. Robert Hughs. While no thanks was needed, Capt. Hughs was kind and gracious enough to respond with a thank you note along with some pictures of himself and friends enjoying the cigars we sent over. We’d like to share them with all of you so you can see our military members enjoying our fine hobby, and to inspire all of you to get involved in any way you can!
We take great pleasure in sharing a smoke with these heroes, and thrive on continuing to support our troops!
Capt. Robert Hughs writes,
“Thank you for the cigars, from the many teams in Kandahar, Afghanistan: Army, Air Force, Navy and Afghans. We appreciate the good smokes!”
(Capt Hughs, an Afghan Police Officer and Maj Diaz take a break to enjoy some good smokes while drinking Chai.)
(After a rigorous day with the combat medics, Maj Diaz and Capt B take time out to enjoy some fine, hand-rolled premium cigars. )
(How high was the stress level this day? Probably higher than the stress level of your day, but not high enough to ruin the enjoyment of a good smoke for these tough guys!)