Texans deploy home morale to installation

By Sgt. Ann Venturato
Assistant editor

Spc. Brian Jones, a UH-60 Blackhawk mechanic with the 158th Aviation Regiment, and his brother Spc. Lloyd Jones, a unit supply specialist with the 126th Finance Battalion hail from Midlothian, Texas and are stationed together here at LSA Anaconda.

Their father, Bruce Jones, a business-marketing manager with Dallas Fort Worth International Airport started a campaign called "Hats for Heroes."

The campaign started when the elder Jones sent two hats from the company at which he works, added Lloyd. "The goal is to get the whole battalion wearing the hats," Lloyd said. "Our father is waiting to get 45 hats before he sends us more and so far he has 20 hats."

The hats are dark blue with the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport logo.

"Our father was on the 5 p.m. news in Dallas talking about the Hats for Heroes campaign," Lloyd said.

Lloyd arrived on LSA Anaconda in January and Brian got here in March.

Twenty-year-old Brian is in the Army Reserve in Texas and he was pursuing of a degree in computer sciences at Cedar Valley College before being activiated.

Lloyd is the older of the two brothers and was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C.

"It eases our parents' worries because were deployed to the same location in Iraq," he said.

He keeps in contact with the family by e-mail and telephone calls.

Brian works long shifts repairing helicopters, so he has found it a little harder than his brother to find time to make calls home.

"I would like to thank all the people for their support," Brian said. "A lot of people are supporting us troops here."

Waiting back home for the boys is their father, mother, younger sister and the many relatives from around the world.


Specialists Brian and Lloyd Jones
Specialists Brian and Lloyd Jones don caps sent from the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport "Hats for Heroes" campaign. Their father, Bruce Jones, started the campaign to support the troops overseas and he is a businessmarketing manager with the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport in Texas.