Soldier Magazine SUPPORTERS of the Airborne Forces have been urged not to send parcels to unnamed soldiers when 16 Air Assault Brigade deploys on Op Herrick 13 in September. Unsolicited goodwill packets create a huge strain on the postal system in Helmand and Colchester Garrison Commander Col Tom Fleetwood has asked members of the public to show their support in different ways. He said: âMost people are aware that logistic supply in an operational environment is limited and dangerous, particularly in Afghanistan because the last leg of the journey is usually by helicopter. âThe decision to accept only personal mail will enable the prioritisation of resources for transporting essential combat supplies as well as personal mail." People can back the deployed troops by donating to SSAFA Forces Helpâs Operational Welfare Fund at www.mod.uk/OperationalWelfareFund Local charities will also be accepting donations. Contact Louise Schenk-Cooper on 01206 815127 for an information pack.