Student's senior project helps Fairchild airmen

Published On: Sep 11 2012 10:16:45 PM PDT   Updated On: Sep 12 2012 11:57:08 AM PDT
Student's senior project helps Fairchild airmen
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Jessica Davidson sent about 20 care packages to a military transit center in the Kyrgz Republic as part of her senior project. What she didn't know if that project became a big deal for some Fairchild airmen.

Davidson said she decided to do something small for the men and women who do so much for our country. So she decided to send care packages to the transit center in Manas, Kyrgyzstan.

"Sometime I think they are under-appreciated. Sometimes something as simple as beef jerky and cookies in a care package means a lot," said Davidson.

At that time, Col. Brian Newberry was the operations group commander in Manas. He said he started sending Jessica thank-you notes and they became pen pals of sorts.

"He was telling me a little bit about what he does. I told him a little bit about Spokane," said Davidson.

Those tidbits about Spokane helped Newberry as he moved to the area to become a wing commander at the Fairchild Airforce Base.

On Tuesday, the pen pals finally met in person.

On their first meeting, Newberry held the first letter Davidson ever sent him. She showed him she was carrying a folder of all the emails and thank-you letters from him.

"You talk about thank you for your bravery, fighting for our country. I just want to thank you for your bravery," said Newberry.

Newberry also sent her a flag that flew with him over Afghanistan. Davidson said its a reminder that she made a difference for the men and women who serve our country.