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At Commander Naval Forces Korea headquarters on Yongsan Garrison in Seoul, a sailor looks over some Girl Scout cookies and notes of appreciation sent to U.S. servicemembers stationed in South Korea.

At Commander Naval Forces Korea headquarters on Yongsan Garrison in Seoul, a sailor looks over some Girl Scout cookies and notes of appreciation sent to U.S. servicemembers stationed in South Korea. (Lisa Wassilieff / U.S. Navy)

At Commander Naval Forces Korea headquarters on Yongsan Garrison in Seoul, a sailor looks over some Girl Scout cookies and notes of appreciation sent to U.S. servicemembers stationed in South Korea.

At Commander Naval Forces Korea headquarters on Yongsan Garrison in Seoul, a sailor looks over some Girl Scout cookies and notes of appreciation sent to U.S. servicemembers stationed in South Korea. (Lisa Wassilieff / U.S. Navy)

Notes of thanks await distribution along with Girl Scout cookies sent to U.S. servicemembers stationed in South Korea. The Girl Scouts in the San Diego area shipped 24,000 boxes to the peninsula for distribution to soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines at installations peninsulawide.

Notes of thanks await distribution along with Girl Scout cookies sent to U.S. servicemembers stationed in South Korea. The Girl Scouts in the San Diego area shipped 24,000 boxes to the peninsula for distribution to soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines at installations peninsulawide. (Lisa Wassilieff / U.S. Navy)

PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines in South Korea soon should get handed a box of Girl Scout cookies and a handwritten thank-you note.

The cookies — 24,000 boxes — arrived Wednesday at Busan harbor aboard a container ship and were being trucked to U.S. military installations around the peninsula for distribution to U.S. servicemembers.

The Girl Scouts’ San Diego-Imperial Council shipped them to South Korea as part of its fifth annual Operation Thin Mint, which began in 2002 and sends Girl Scout cookies to U.S. troops deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan and other locales overseas.

Lt. j.g. Jessica Gandy, a U.S. Navy spokeswoman in Seoul, said the gifts “let those that are serving away from home know that we care about you. Here’s our thanks. Here’s a little taste of home.”

“I mean, what’s more American than a Girl Scout cookie?” said Gandy, a former Girl Scout.

This year is the first time Operation Thin Mint has had South Korea on its distribution list, Gandy said.

In the shipment were Lemon Coolers (224 cases); Trefoils (255 cases); Do Si Dos (270 cases); Samoas (282 cases); All Abouts (264 cases); Café Cookies (255 cases); Tagalongs (270 cases); and Thin Mints (180 cases).

They were destined for distribution at Yongsan Garrison in Seoul; Camp Humphreys, Osan Air Base, Kunsan Air Base, Chinhae Naval Base and Navy and Marine installations in or near Pohang; and Army installations in Daegu and Uijongbu.

“It’s a tremendous morale booster,” Gandy said, “and it’s great to not feel forgotten when you’re serving overseas, especially Korea, which tends to be a little isolated.”

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