We get so many letters from the Troops I thought I would post a few of them here.

God Bless our Troops.

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LCpl Thorp MACS-1 DET A DATA  Unit 42035

Apache Longbow national guard battalion out of Marana AZ 




I was in your shop last Sat afternoon and wanted to thank you on the excellent recommendation of the Trano Tribute cigars. 

You stated that you didn't have any military oriented photos from the local area.  Attached are 5 photos from training at the Marine Corps Air Ground Training Center, 29 Palms CA. The first is a three photo series of 2 MK-82 bombs (500lbs) hitting a target.  The fourth is of Marines engaging targets with .50 cal from a Hummer, and the final is the target being engaged.  The red line to the right is the .50 cal tracers.


Thanks for your support.


Major Glen “Jute” Lewis

Air Officer

Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL)

SGT. Spatig pictures from Operation Enduring Freedom

Here are 2 pics of some us us.  One at sunset and one during the day.
BTW, those bottles are near beer.  We couldn't be so lucky as to be able
to enjoy a good smoke with a real beer or a bottle of scotch.  This
place is drier than an East Texas county and rightfully so.
Regards,  Cory

MD Cigars,

I just wanted you to know that before deploying I did some shopping in your store and enjoyed professional service and a great quality of cigars.  Since then I have had my girlfriend pick me up a few needed items and she also stated the high quality of employees and products.  I figured I would forward you a couple of pictures of us enjoying a couple of your cigars while deployed.  Thank you for the outstanding products and support that you provide us during such trying times.  Semper Fidelis.

CWO2 William T. L
Unit 43010


MD Cigars
 Here is a pic of me and a Navy Chief enjoying one of your smokes. Thanks again.

Dear Mr. Byelick

As is the custom in the Army, we present unit or post coins to those solders or individuals who have made an extra effort or have done something unique and worthy of recognition.  We would like you to have this coin from Logistics Support Aria (LSA) Anaconda here in Balad, Iraq for your generosity and thoughtfulness in providing us with many high quality cigars during our deployment.  We don't have many vices here, so relaxing with a nice cigar is a welcome escape from the day to day rhythm of combat operations.

Thank you and God Bless.

(Major) Dan J. and the cigar smokers of the Army's 61st Medical Battalion "BRAVE KNIGHTS"


I just wanted to tell you that I've been doing internet purchases for various products over the internet since the early 90's. It is very seldom a transaction goes as smoothly, quickly and with such quality as your fine company has provided. The cigars are perfect, your price was outstanding, and the added free sampler was a pleasant surprise as well!
Thanks for remembering one of the things that makes America great, quality
of service.


CDR Dan R.
United States Navy

This is a picture of some of the smokers. Was not able to get all of them together. I sent the patch and the coin out today. If there is anything else you would like to send to us it. We would be thankful. Once again thank you for your cigars.
SSgt Atkinson

Dear Mr Byelick and the folks at MD Cigars,

Just wanted pass along a photo of a few of us in the cigar club enjoying
the cigars you most generously donated.  We love the Drew Estate
Naturals.  Very mild and burns well.

Pictured from left to right is Stephan K., Dan J. (me), and Scott E. 

If our picture makes your website, let us know so we can enjoy the
"bragging rights".

We, here in Iraq, appreciate your support.

Dan J

MAJ Daniel J
S-6, 61st MMB

Mr. Byelick,

I wanted you to know I received your shipment today and was quite
pleasantly surprised at the quality of the cigars and the care you took
to get them to us so quickly and carefully.  They are sure to be a hit
amongst the battalion aficionados (myself included).  Thank you for your
generous support of the soldiers here in Iraq demonstrated not only by
the cigars themselves, but the time and effort you took to get them
here.  Your efforts are appreciated more than you know.

Thank you and God Bless,

Major D J,  US Army
61st Medical Battalion
Balad, Iraq

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED


MWSS 372 Fuels Section thanks you for your support.


CWO-2 Studer MS

Hello Michaelb and everyone at MD
I recently returned from another trip up North and passed out the rest of the smokes, cutters and cards to some "Special" guys. It went well and was very well received. Michael, I can't thank you enough. I managed to put some on a re-supply to my RADAR guy's that are pretty far out (In the hills). I'm waiting on photo's from them.
I have a Battalion Coin for your collection, I just need to get to the Post Office to get it to you. Its a 3-319 Airborne Field Artillery Regiment (Gun Devils) coin that I managed to finesse from the Sergeant Major's personal stash.
Hope all is well on the Home Front. we are doing well and giving the enemy more than he can take (Regardless of what CNN says).
Take care and thanks for all of your continued support
Andrew Stockert
TF Gun Devil

Hey MD Cigars,
Check these out. It gives a whole new meaning to "Mounted Patrol". The Stogie is a Drew Estate Ambrosia  (My last one) WE went patrolling a village with Afghan Soldiers. Should see these guys ride. Didn't find any bad guys today.
Hope you like the pictures
SFC Andrew Stockert


Thank you so much for the cigars!  At the Marine Air Control Group 28 Headquarters, we take time each day to gather on the roof of our building to smoke, shoot the breeze, and take a break from the demands of the war.  It’s a great way to unwind and build camaraderie among the staff that we thoroughly enjoy.  I’ll pass these cigars out among the Marines as an invitation to join the crowd and hopefully create some business for you.

Thanks again and Semper Fidelis,

Major Bill Tiffany

Al Asad, Iraq

MD Cigars,
   One of the guys told me about your site and your support of our troops over here in Iraq. I just had to check it out. The pictures look Great!
   Here's one of some of our boys in Samarra, Iraq. (Don't be fooled by the Near-Beer)

   Fortunately, our days here are almost up, but I would like to place an order for a little "welcome home" party for some of the guys. If you have any promotion items that you could add in with my shipment, we would really appreciate it, and I'll be sure to refer all the guys to you for cigar supplies.

   Thank you for all of your support!

1LT Joel Light
Samarra, Iraq

1st Battalion, 77 Armor 

1st PLT 2nd / 108th

Dear MD Cigars,

I want to thank you for sending the cigars to me.  Here are the pictures that you requested.  I have also sent a coin and it should arrive sometime after Christmas.  I passed out all 100 cigars, because I am not a connoisseur of cigars. taken on 1 December 2004 outside one of Saddam Hussein’s former palaces on the Tikrit Presidential Complex. Additionally, I passed out your business cards to avid cigar smokers.

I hope that the entire staff at MD Cigars enjoys the holidays.


Matt Pareti
Infantry, United States Army
First Lieutenant


 Here is the pic of our group smoking on Thanksgiving day.

GySgt Brian A


HMM - 263

Dear Mr. Byelick, 

Thank you very much for taking the time to send us the box of cigars and accessories out to us here in Iraq. It was a special treat for everyone when we received your care package and immediately distributed to all the guys here.

 “Operation Freedom Smoke” was a project started by Courtney Lagenegger last year while deployed with me to Shaikh Isa, Bahrain. Her goal was to be able to offer a cigar to every one of our troops who were coming out of Iraq as a “victory” smoke. I flew the Marine KC-130 and she handed out the stogies. After watching all the smiles we put on our troops faces, we realized what a treat it was for these Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen to receive a small gift as easy as a cigar. In addition to being a symbol of success, it also meant to these troops that their job was done and they were going home.

Iraqi Freedom is now in its second year and our troops are out here working just as hard this year as they did last. Things are very different this time in that we are now living in Iraq and exposed, every day, to the insurgents attempts to disrupt our determination in making this a free country. In talking with Cortney, she asked if we could use some cigars again. Knowing how great it was last year, she knew exactly what the answer was going to be. Your care package is a continuation of Cortney’s effort and will be shared by all.

The base that I am now located at is called Al Taqaddum. It’s an airfield located right between Fullujah and Ramadi and is one of many bases that the Marine Corps is responsible for. We have several support commands here but the main focus is combat logistics and aviation. We work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with time off only to eat, shower and sleep. Recreation is very limited and alcohol is prohibited. This may all sound bleak, but there is hope and encouragement that carries us through our day. Part of that is knowing that this will all be over soon. The other is hope that each day will end without the loss of another American as we fight to make our world a better place for all to live.  

Enclosed is a picture of the Marines that I passed some of the cigars out to. They are crew chiefs and aircraft mechanics from HMM-263. This unit alone has received 13 Purple Hearts in the last 2 months from injuries sustained while flying in combat here and from enemy mortar and rocket attacks on our camp. As you can see, they are a motivated and happy bunch of Marines because of the cigars that you sent to us.

Sir, thanks again for your generosity and sincere concern for our troops. Believe me when I say that it all counts and thanks to you, we now have a great way of ending our day!


Thomas F. Dietrich

Colonel       USMC

Al Anbar Province, Iraq

(NOTE: the next dozen Pictures and captions taken by Col. Tommy D ) 

courtesy of operation freedom smoke which we participated in   ~Michael~

This is from HMLA-367, call sign Scar face. They fly UH-1 Huey gun ships and AH-1 Cobras. This is some of the mechanics in the corner of a hangar (which they share as an office) doing an inspection on a Huey. These guys were thrilled to receive the stogies.

This is a shot of the famous HMM-263 Thunder Chickens. I was being briefed on how one of their CH-46's had some bullet holes in the rotor blades and that the bird would be down till they changed them out....Good enough for a cigar in my book. Note the home made buildings and sand bags...now that's aviation Marine style.

We watched a movie over at the surgical trauma tent hospital located here and I passed out the smokes. The Docs loved the stogies but I'm afraid the nurses didn't....too bad. What's with the beer you say, well it's non-alcoholic.


Ammo Guys!






45 ton explosion of Iraqi unexploded ordnance being destroyed. Remember when I wrote about the big boom that go on here and that you never know if its a rocket attack on controlled det. Well this one rocked the whole camp. We call it the biggest cigar lighter in Iraq.

I went over and handed out some stogies to the Army 507th Air Ambulance MedEvac Detachment that was here for the last 2 weeks. They were helping us move injured personnel out of Fullujah and into our surgical hospital here at Al Taqaddum. They did a great job for us and so I wanted to make sure we thanked them proper way....with a stogie.

One of Many care packages sent!

Yesterday, I have to fly on a CH-46 from al Taqaddum to Al Asad. It was about a 40 minute flight at 300 feet with open windows for the 50 Cal guns. Well as soon as I got on board, I handed the pilots and crew members a stogie. They immediately gave me a thumbs up and went about their business. As we were flying, I looked up into the cockpit and the pilot had his in his mouth as he was flying the bird. Its one of those great moments in aviation, during a war, flying a helo at 300 feet with guns hanging out and a cigar in your mouth.

Tommy with a 50 Cal.

The picture of the day is from the Al Taqaddum air boss shop. I spend most of my time here and the Major pictured had the duty for the night so I tossed him a stogie then took his picture. Again, he thought it was great.

From left to right are Spc. Coloumbe, Sgt. Colby, Sgt. Randall, and Spc. Laflamme

These pictures were taken at LSA Anaconda in Balad after a mission to Tikrit. (And the one above)

Ron, you like a lean, mean, Fighting machine!

GySgt Brian Stilson, and a buddy kicking it in Iraq with some smokes

 Vic Warner Kicking it in Tikrit with some buddies

        Here is a picture of my fellow Marines and myself smoking the cigars that you sent us.  We are the Marines of VMA-214 Black sheep.  We  all thank you very much for the free bundle of cigars.  We should be putting in our next order very shortly for we have found out we will be here longer.  Once again, we all thank you.

Sgt Gamboa, IA
VMA-214 Det B Blacksheep
Quality Assurance


Dear MD Cigars:
First let me apologize for taking so long to get this thank you out.  I am a platoon leader in C Company, 29th Signal Battalion, out of Ft. Lewis, WA.  My soldiers and I want to sincerely thank you for the wonderful cigars and all that you are doing to support troops abroad.  Attached you'll find a letter of appreciation from us and a picture of 2nd Platoon getting some sun and enjoying a good cigar.  We have some unit coins on order, as soon as they arrive, I'll be sure to try and get one out to you.  Thank you again, and God Bless America.
2LT Rob Harrison


     On behalf of A Company, 1-1 AVN REGT I'd like to thank you for the generous portion of cigars you sent us.  We really appreciate the gift and we've been enjoying a nice cigar when we have a bit of a break from our hectic flight schedule.  We need to smoke them more quickly as that we don't have a humidor and they dry out quickly over here in the desert.  I'll get
you some pictures of the guys smoking them as soon as I can, but I thought for now you'd like to see who all you're supporting.  This is a picture of A Company, the Taz Devils, taken shortly after we assumed the mission from 4th
Infantry Division back in March.  Our current area of responsibility is the Salah Din Province, which encompasses Tikrit, Samarra, and Bayji.  So far we haven't encountered anything that we haven't been able to handle and we enjoy doing what we can for the ground units.  I'll get some company coins in the mail to you as soon as we get some more in.  We ran out a little
while back and have some more on order.  Again, thanks for the cigars and rest assured that we are enjoying them.

Aaron Morris

Dear Mr. Byelick and MD Cigars,
  My name is Eric Engquist, I am an Infantry Captain in the 1st Cavalry Division and currently deployed in Baghdad, Iraq.  A couple of weeks ago, I received a package from you that contained 50 cigars and a cutter.  I want to take this opportunity to thank you and your company for the very generous show of support.  Attached to this email you will find two photos of a group of us enjoying the smokes in the hot desert sun.  The first is a group shot, the second, a close up of the sign I made for you to say 'thanks.'  These photos were taken at Camp Victory in Baghdad, not far from the international airport.  Everyone was exceptionally grateful not only for the cigars, but for the words of encouragement and support.  Everyone's morale increased ten-fold in just the few seconds it took to pass them out and light 'em up.

  Thanks again for the cigars.  I hope these pictures meet your intent.  Please let me know if you have a problem opening them.  Also, if possible, please notify us of if and when the picture will be on your website - everyone is eagerly anticipating seeing themselves on the web.


Dear Mr. Byelick

Just received your package today.  Thank you very much.  My men and I enjoyed the cigars.  Its great to receive mail over here, but the cigars made it even better.  We are in the south eastern part of Afghanistan on the Pakistan border.  We barely get enough water through air drops, so anytime we receive treats its a real moral boost.  Thanks for your support.

Thanks again, 1LT. Brendon Carroll

Left to Right..  1LT Carroll, PFC Burton, Sgt Tuthill, Spc Feury, LTC Crall, CSM Williams, Spc Oleksak


Mr. Byelick,

Thank you so much for the great pack of cigars!  As you can see from the picture the fellas enjoyed them and they were perfectly timed.  We just hit our one month mark in country and needed it after the last week!  I’m still working on the unit coin, I just got my first one…will have to see how I can get my hands on another, they don’t like giving them to LTs.   Thanks again for your support and tell the guys from CW it’s nice to get something in the mail that is supposed to burn (let’s just say the chocolate from the states isn’t surviving very well anymore!).   

Thanks again,

Tyler Donnell and the boys from A-1/82FA

PS:  That’s me in the middle, LT

1LT Tyler Reed Donnell

Michael and gang,   Stopped by to pick up a few last minute cigars this afternoon before shipping out to Iraq and your crew was good enough to provide a few extras for my crew. I can assure you that they will be appreciated. This photo of the "Blacksheep" was taken last year in Kuwait.

Here are the boys from 811th Ordnance Co.  from Rainelle, WV. Currently part of 548th CSB, 10th Mtn Div. at Balad, Iraq.  Smoking MD Bundles!

SSG David Dean, SPC Rick Boyce, SPC Ron White in Mosul Iraq

SSG David Dean on the road to Mosul

SPC Mark McGirr on the road to Mosul

Sorry this has taken so long.  These are the guys your sent off with Cigars.  Currently two of them are missing.
Thanks for your support.
Kurt Callahan

Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 6:01 PM
Subject: Recent order (Drew Estate)
Thank you everyone at MD Cigars for a staggeringly friendly and efficient
service. Ordered Friday, delivered on Monday.
I'm going to be back and especially look forward to the event on the 20th.
 Ian R. Nandhra                      

Dear Michael,

Once again thanks for your great service!!! Here's a picture of me and the sniper rifle that almost took me out. Take care and keep smoking...
SPC. Joe Gallagher
119th MP Company
Baghdad, Iraq

Today at 04:50 I placed my third order from MD Cigars, and I was thinking about my order and I came back to your web page to just look around, And I found the mail that you got and the photo's of the men overseas right now and I want to Thank the Two of you for how you take care of them. I was in the Army for just over 18 years, and I can tell you from This Vet.
hearing how you take care of them and the service that you give to them, I started to cry. Because there stories touched me very much, Because of wounds I got in Africa in 93 I'm not over there with them and I wish I was, Well Because of all the good service I get from you and the service you give for them in Iraq, I will be getting my Cigars from you only for now on.
Your Customer For Life
Former Lt.Col. Kirk Stevens
U.S. Army Ranger

  Dear Michael,
Thanks for asking my preference.  I'm currently serving in Iraq.  I've been meaning to write you an email to thank you for having great service.  A lot of the other cigar companies wouldn't ship out here, and an order I sent through Thomson's before I heard of your company still isn't here.
  Somedays the only thing that's gotten me through a tough day, or recover from a firefight has been a nice cigar with a buddy.  I lost my other humidor when my humvee got hit with an IED.  So I'm glad you're service is so speedy.  Thanks again and keep up the good work.  Know that your commitment to your customers does not go unnoticed.
Spc. Joe Gallagher
119th MP Company

95th Maint. Co. (TMDE), Team BBQ Camp. Doha
Fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)

Hi Guys!
This is the pic and email Danny sent back to me from Kuwait City.  You guys are international now too!  I think it is a great thing you guys do for our guys over there!  Dave and I hope you both enjoyed the Tuaca too!  By the way, Danny is on the bottom, 2nd in from the right.  He will be back in the States on October 8th, and will be coming here as soon as his de-briefing time is up, so we will be stopping by for sure!
Thanx again!
Barb & Danny Pugh 


MD Cigars,

Thank you from the Maintenance officers of Marine Air Control Squadron 1 Tactical Air Operations Center.  WO Casey McKinney, WO Shawn Bossert, Capt Ken Steinke.


We left the Mediterranean Sea 2 days ago, and I got about 40 from the Wardroom together and we enjoyed the cigars you sent to celebrate finally heading home.  The rest I passed out to the crew for them to enjoy as well. You are too kind, and your generosity was much appreciated by all who were there.  Thank you again for supporting the troops.

Very Respectfully,
LCDR David Dye

Dear Michael and Andrea,

     Just received my order today 8 Feb 03. I placed the order on 23 Jan 03.  The package was a welcome arrival, especially the bonus bundle you included. The guys and I really appreciated your generosity. There are quite a few of us cigar aficionado's serving at this location. We'll be spreading the news of your site around camp and how your establishment is supporting the troops abroad. Several of us, including myself, are planning on placing an order again real soon. I hope it brings ya'll great pride to know that MDcigars.com is the major sponsor of our "Cigar Friday's" ritual. Thanks again for your support.

B. Newton
16th OSS Commando Medics


    Merry Christmas!  I just wanted you to know how much of a difference you made to Task Force 1-64 Armor tonight in our Christmas celebration.  We had our bonfire tonight - bigger than ever!  Right after we lit, I put out a holler for anyone wanting stogies.  Immediately, all of the young soldiers and senior leaders came around - I handed out all 50 of the MD bundles and a few of the Nat's in no time flat.  Seconds later, we all took pictures which I will forward you later.  Throughout the evening, everyone came up and complimented the cigars and the whole event.  We then sang Christmas carols and stood around the fire until both it and the cigars were extinguished.

      I just thought you ought to know that in the middle of the Kuwaiti desert, with an almost certain war looming, the happiest of events occurred tonight that bonded the members of the task force together.  Your generous contribution was a major factor in ensuring that all members were part of the team, sharing cigars, carols and stories over the comforting coals of the fire.  Something seemingly so small as some cigars truly made our evening special, and for this we all thank you.  You will always have friends in the Desert Rogues, and if you need anything at all, please do not hesitate to ask. 

Merry Christmas!

Very Respectfully,

A.  Puckett

        I just received a package of Cigars from your company and am happy that you took the time to send a note and some extra's along. There are not many smoke companies with such good customer service. Once again thanks and I put your cards on our bulletin board and your web sight is on the computer.
Michael S.