We have been requested to help send off a severely wounded warrior on his trip to Lackland AFB Texas Burn Center to continue his rehabilitation. Sgt. Schlitz, an Army Ranger, was burned over 85% of his body by an IED. The SGT and his mom will be departing from Kennedy Airport in Queens NY,
Tomorrow, Fri 29th, we will have three stagings,
1. the Waldbaums parking lot, Hicksville Rd/LIE, KSU of 12 noon,
2. a ride thru at the state troopers facility on the Southern State Pkw ,KSU of 12:20 ,
3. the burger king at N.Conduit Ave./Rockaway Blvd exit 21a off the belt PKW,
http://maps.google.com/maps?t=h&hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=40.666658,-73.773494&spn=0.008447,0.01929&z=16 KSU of around12:45.
Please have your flags with you. I hope we can show this Warrior a Sea of Flags to show our support and appreciation of his sacrifices. PGR member John Fenech will be liason between us and other groups attending. R/C will be myself. If an escort from the Sgts Home is requested I will update
US Army Ranger Airborne (RET) - Michael Schlitz and his mom will be with us on Friday heading for the burn center in ELP. I have contacted Michael and they will call us when he arrives at the airport on Friday sometime around 1330. Plans are to check him in at lane 1 tag bags as priority, upgrade if possible, then assist through security and up to the club to await their flight. From what I understand, Michael is burned over 85 percent of his body and has no hands. I would like to have 855 gated in B concourse on Friday preferably on gate 12. NYC VMERG will assist with his movement, any well wishers along the way would be welcome. Please join us in making this a memorable experience for this great American.
Frank Byrnes , Region9 Ride Captain