Soldier Shows Appreciation For Support

AVENEL — 1st Lt. Amy Updike, of Carteret, recently returned from a one-year tour of duty as an Army nurse with the 47th Combat Support Hospital, COB Speicher, Tikrit, Iraq.  During her deployment she received several boxes of goodies from the Woodbridge Child Care Center, a branch of the Metuchen Edison Woodbridge YMCA, located in Avenel.

Upon her return Updike visited the children at the Y facility and presented them with a flag she had flown over her CSH in honor of the children and in appreciation for their support during her time away from home.  Updike stressed how important it was to continue to support our troops overseas and how much they all look forward to receiving packages.  She told the children it “makes you feel good knowing you are remembered by your family and friends back home.”


Updike, the daughter of center director Robin Goodrich, will spend some leave time at home before reporting to her next duty station, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in Washington, DC.  She is a graduate of Carteret High School and Purdue University.

1st Lt. Amy Updike recently presented a U.S. flag flown in Iraq to the children and staff of the Woodbridge Child Care Center. Photo courtesy of Woodbridge Child Care Center

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