Tip Of The Spear exists to provide both essential and nonessential supplies to our service men and women deployed to hostile locations.
Q. How is Tip Of The Spear diﬀerent from other supports?
A. First of all, we’re proud to support our active military deployed to combat zones. Our goal is to take care of the men and women who are willing to protect our freedom. Our organization is a bit diﬀerent, not only in its structure, but also in the items we ship. For example, we ship air mattresses, boot dryers and coffee pots meant for tough conditions. We’ve even shipped building materials, tools, countertop water heaters and microwave ovens. Some of these items are shipped by request, made possible because we’ve established a relationship with the units we support. The relationships established enable the support shipments to be customized to the needs of the individual units.
Q. How often does Tip Of The Spear send support shipments over to our Soldiers and Marines?
A. We try to have each team or platoon we support receive a shipment roughly one time per month throughout their deployment.
Q. How do you know just what items to ship?
A. We “debrief” some of the team/platoon members when they’ve returned to the States. We continuously tweak the items we send based on their input.
Q. How big are the boxes in each shipment, and how many of these boxes are in each shipment?
A. We use the FPO Large Flat Rate Boxes from the US Postal Service. Each measures about 12”x12”x6”. A typical monthly shipment consists of 25-30 boxes.
Q. How do the “Boots on the Ground” groups know what to get for their assigned platoons?
A. Tip Of The Spear provides a comprehensive list of items to be sent. Boots On The Ground groups are able to supplement each shipment with additional items, if they choose.
Q. If we become a “Boots on the Ground” group, how much time should we allot for each monthly shipment?
A. Each monthly shipment takes about 16-24 man-hours to pick up, pack, label and ship.
Q. I saw where you ship over baby wipes. Why do you send baby care items?
A. . Baby wipes are used for personal hygiene when our platoons are unable to take showers. They also use them to clean weapons.
Q. I’ve seen reference to air mattresses. What is the need for those?
A. We support teams literally living out of their trucks. Space is limited so there is no room for cots. The air mattresses can be folded to save space and provide a cushion for sleeping on the ground.