WELCOME TO MAINETROOPGREETERS.COM
… the oldest and most widely recognized website and picture portal for the troops who have transited through Bangor, Maine. This picture portal is dedicated to each of these troops and to their family members and friends who support them.
Our guiding principle ... Above all else, “How does it benefit the troops?”
MAINETROOPGREETERS.COM, published in 2004, is NOT AFFILIATED IN ANY WAY with the greeter organization at Bangor International Airport (BIA) which formalized in late 2008 and selected a similar name "Maine Troop Greeters".
The website MAINETROOPGREETERS.COM was recreated in approximately 2005 when the hosting company discontinued their web hosting software and all support. The current hosting company has also discontinued their software and support so the site will need to be recreated again. In the meantime, changes cannot be made to the site until the webmaster can access a program or subscribe to another hosting company at which time the current site will be recreated. This will be accomplished as soon as possible.
Became a domestic non-profit in 2005 for the purpose of assisting our troops in areas not being served by a local greeters program. Some members of MAINETROOPGREETERS.COM were troop greeters who were involved in this effort as far back as 1991. In 2003, when they once again stepped up to greet our troops, this small group decided to go beyond the initial welcoming of these military personnel transiting BIA by offering something for the family and friends as well as the troops themselves. This was mainly accomplished by photographing and publishing troop pictures on this picture portal.
With the proposed draw-down of troops fighting in the Middle East, members of MAINETROOPGREETERS.COM determined that as of January 1, 2014 they would no longer accept donations of any kind.
The Domestic Non-Profit (DNP) which was established in 2005 is in the process of being dissolved, however, it is hoped that this picture portal will continue as a way of honoring all who have served and the family members and friends who supported them.
MAINETROOPGREETERS.COM (NOT AFFILIATED WITH THE MAINE TROOP GREETERS AT BIA) purchased individual 3’ X 5’ embroidered nylon flags for distribution to various units stationed in the Middle East. The Senior NCO presented these flags to individual troops demonstrating outstanding performance of their duties below the level of formal commendations. Currently, troops may request flags by writing to Maplcp@Yahoo.com or to the snail mail address below. Videos of troops arriving at BIA were recorded and edited by a greeter/member of MAINETROOPGREETERS .COM.
We are all volunteers for MAINETROOPGREETERS.COM and are happy to utilize our personal equipment, i.e., cameras, computers, printers, etc., to accomplish our mission. Items purchased through MAINETROOPGREETERS.COM for our troops include American flags, small toy items for troops to distribute to the children in the Middle East, books, school supplies, candy, Christmas/holiday items or other amenities. 100% of all funds received were used for troop support! These projects WILL continue utilizing our personal funds.
AS OF JANUARY 2014 DONATIONS ARE NEITHER SOLICITED NOR ACCEPTED at MAINETROOPGREETERS.COM. Please do not confuse MAINETROOPGREETERS.COM with The Maine Troop Greeters at BIA who are actively soliciting donations.
27 Clark Falls Rd.
Orrington, Maine 04474
(Please remember that as of January 1, 2014 we DO NOT ACCEPT DONATIONS).
FREEPORT FLAG LADIES
Figuring prominently at many troop flights transiting BIA are the Freeport Flag Ladies. Each Tuesday morning you will find this trio of women standing on Main Street in Freeport, ME “wearing our country’s colors and waving the American flag”. They were ‘on the hill’ on Main Street without fail every day during the declared Iraq War. Whenever possible the Freeport Flag Ladies make the long drive to Bangor International Airport or to Pease International Airport in New Hampshire to meet troop flights. Depending on road conditions these trips can take from two to three hours each way. These ladies have taken thousands of pictures of the troops which can be found on their website http://www.freeportflagladies.com
The Freeport Flag Ladies are always on the lookout for interesting toys, games, and magazines along with nutritious and tasty foods to include in the packages they mail weekly to the troops. Neck pillows for wounded troops are shipped along with shorts, flip flops and shirts. Everything these ladies do is paid for out-of-pocket or with an occasional donation. This requires them to devote a great deal of time to fundraising along with purchasing, packing and shipping items. A network of chaplains, other military personnel, family assistance programs, and family members, among others, provide contacts for their work.
If you wish to donate to this group please visit their website and use the Paypal button located there or make checks payable to “Freeport Flag Ladies/Elaine Greene” and mail to:
Freeport Flag Ladies
17 School Street
Freeport, ME 04032
THE MAINE TROOP GREETERS ORGANIZATION at BANGOR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (BIA)
(Not to be confused with MAINETROOPGREETERS.COM).
The Maine Troop Greeters organization formally organized in late 2008 and is located at Bangor International Airport. They adopted the name Maine Troop Greeters which is very similar to the name we gave our website which was published in 2004.
To insure that there is absolutely no confusion ... We at MAINETROOPGREETERS.COM ARE NOT AFFLILIATED WITH THIS GROUP IN ANY WAY. WE ARE, AND HAVE ALWAYS BEEN TWO COMPLETELY SEPARATE AND INDEPENDENT ORGANIZATIONS WITH THE COMMON INTEREST OF SERVING OUR TROOPS.
If you wish to know more about this group or make a donation please visit their website. You may locate them at flybangor.com troop-greeters.
If you decide to make your own SmugMug album please go to this address: http://www.smugmug.com/?referrer=x5T8pBBDP8u6E