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Lompoc man makes grand donation to Op. Warrior Comfort

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- On July 2, retired Master Sgt. Richard Depuy gave a check for $500 to Operation Warrior Comfort here.

Operation Warrior Comfort is an organization developed at Vandenberg that is collecting comfortable clothes and other necessities for injured military members in Iraq.

Operation WC was developed by Master Sgt. Glen McAlister, 30th Mission Support Squadron first sergeant and Master Sgt. Mark Guerin, 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron first sergeant, after receiving a phone call from a fellow first sergeant down range.

"We received word from Senior Master Sgt. Craig Howell, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron first sergeant, that there was a need for comfortable clothes for wounded military members in Iraq," Sergeant McAlister said.

Not only were comfortable clothes that can fit over bulky bandages needed but also small creature comforts like flip flops and shower-shoes.

"Something a little more stable than hospital booties," Sergeant McAlister said. "These guys will be more than grateful for the items we collected."

Sergeant McAlister and Sergeant Guerin started Operation WC a few weeks later, receiving an overwhelming response.

"We're still looking for donations and right now we're also trying to figure out how we should send all the items over-seas," Sergeant McAlister said.

For more information on Operation WC call any Vandenberg first sergeant or call the Vandenberg Public Affairs Office at 606-3595.