News: Operation Cookie Drop strengthens military and civilian ties
Story by Senior Airman Kodie Egenolf
HULMAN FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ind. — It’s not every day you see young girls helping an assembly line load a truck, a supply truck, loaded with cookies, Girl Scout Cookies.
Yesterday, the Indiana National Guard Stout hosted Operation Cookie Drop, a nationwide event where Girl Scouts donate boxes of Girl Scout cookies to military units and installations, at Stout Field Indianapolis.
“We have instilled in the girls here, the best way to serve the country, is by serving our fellow citizens,” stated Deborah Hern Smith, CEO of Girl Scouts Central Indiana.
Indiana citizen Airmen, Soldiers, and Marines side by side with Girl Scouts loaded up cookies to send across the state of Indiana, including Hulman Field Air National Guard Base Terre Haute, Indiana.
“That makes girl scouts what it is teaching citizenship, teaching volunteerism, community service, all those great values that we want to teach to our youth to make them great, great citizens of our state and of our nation.” stated Major General R. Martin Umbarger, The Adjutant General Indiana.
“The way I understand, if you did not sell one thousand boxes of cookies or more you could not be here today, so congratulations to you, you’re kind of the best of the best,” stated Umbarger.