Care packages put together by First Lady Melania Trump and Second Lady Karen Pence on Wednesday could soon end up at a military base near you.
The comfort kits — headed to deployed U.S. troops in Iraq, Kuwait, Romania, Poland, and Djibouti — include hygiene products along with Rice Krispies treats, popcorn, Swiss Miss hot chocolate, and microwavable muffin mix that is the "perfect size for 1" and will definitely, definitely not get screwed up by a private who doesn't know what three tablespoons of water looks like.
"While most Americans are able to enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas with their families, we have thousands of American troops deployed overseas and separated form their loved ones," Trump said. "It's important as Americans to do all we can to support our troops and their families. I encourage people everywhere to participate in service this holiday season, and give back to our military."
The packages did not appear to include Rip Its or cans of dip.
The contents of the comfort kits.Photo: Task & Purpose
Joining Trump and Pence at the American Red Cross Hall of Service in Washington, D.C. were various cabinet secretaries' spouses, including Susan Pompeo, Louise Linton, Christine Barr, Hilary Ross, and more — along with military spouses and Red Cross volunteers.
This is the second year that Trump and Pence have helped organize the comfort kits.
"Along with the spouses of the President's Cabinet and those of our courageous men and women in uniform, we packed this kit to express our gratitude for the innumerable sacrifices you have made in defense of our freedom," the included note, signed by Pence and Trump, reads. "We pray that during this Christmas season the love, respect, and gratitude of our Nation uplifts and protects you.
"May God continue to watch over you and all our Nation's service members."
SAN DIEGO — Days after Rep. Duncan Hunter pleaded guilty to a federal felony related to a yearslong campaign finance scandal, he has finally stated explicitly that he will resign from his congressional seat before the end of his term.
"Shortly after the holidays I will resign from Congress," Hunter, R-Calif., in a statement. "It has been an honor to serve the people of California's 50th District, and I greatly appreciate the trust they have put in me over these last 11 years."
A Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Kodiak boat crew displays their new 38-foot Special Purpose Craft - Training Boat in Womens Bay Sept. 27, 2011. (Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen)
A collision between a Coast Guard boat and a Navy vessel near Kodiak Island, Alaska on Wednesday landed six coasties and three sailors to the hospital, officials said.
A shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida has left four people dead, including the gunman, law enforcement officials said at a Friday news conference.
The shooter and two victims were killed at the base and another victim died after being taken to the hospital, said Chip Simmons, deputy chief of the Escambia County Sheriff's Office.
Another seven people remain hospitalized, including two sheriff's deputies who engaged the gunman, Simmons said at Friday's news conference. One was hit in the arm and the other was shot in the knee. Both are expected to recover.
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Victoria Fontanelli, an administrative specialist with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, moves through a simulated village inside the Infantry Immersion Trainer as part of training for the Female Engagement Team, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Oct 16, 2019. (U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Brendan Custer)
Six years after the Pentagon officially opened combat roles to women in 2013, 613 female Marines and sailors now serve in them, according to new data released by the Marine Corps.
"Females are now represented in every previously-restricted occupational field," reads a powerpoint released this month on the Marine Corps Integration Implementation Plan (MCIIP), which notes that 60% of those female Marines and sailors now serving in previously-restricted units joined those units in the past year.