Operation Pocket Field Pillow (PFP)

After 4 years and 11 months, I got word a few weeks back that we won’t be able to continue our support operation.

Over the last year, fabric was harder to come by since the mill wasn’t being contracted to make so much ACU for the Army. And now, with the proposed force drawdown and federal defense budget cuts, well, that spelled the end for us.

For those who have followed us, I have a few facts for you.

Since February 2009, when my soldier deployed to the Kunar province for a 12 month tour, working together, our volunteers made a grand total of 18,888 field pillows for American combat troops, sent to 18 different Afghanistan provinces.

If you lined up all the pillows end to end, they would stretch across the center of 62 football fields (with a few yards left over).

To all the wonderful volunteers, those who showed up and stayed the course, the ones who stopped by my house for help packing boxes for their adopted troops, those who reached in and dropped a little something in the basket at the sew-ins, folks who dropped my house constantly to pick up or drop off cut fabric or sewn pillows to be turned and stuffed, folks who helped load up my minivan with bags of finished field pillows to be packed and shipped, folks with different commands, battalions and brigades around the country who helped me coordinate where to ship the boxes, organizations and individuals who generously donated their money to help fund our project, bravo zulu to you all for a job well done.

Our mission: to support American combat troops by making and shipping small camouflage pillows, suitable for use in garrison or in the field.

Weight of stuffing used: 4,722 pounds, costing nearly $4,500

Weight of pillows packed in boxes: 8,268 pounds; price to ship: nearly $8,500

The pride we all felt working to support our troops: priceless

Carol Armstrong

Founder, Operation Pocket Field Pillow and

Proud parent of an American Soldier…signing off.



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Operation PFP is made possible in part by my small business, Just For Baby Gifts, donations of ACU by the Carlisle Finishing Plant, fleece donated by Polartec, supplies donated by Brother International, and by the untold hours of work by hundreds of proud and grateful American volunteers.

...til they all come home
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