Donald Downer (ret. 1989) packs the 478th and 479th care packages—with a variety of contents, from candy, cookies, canned chicken, and beef jerky to playing cards, paperbacks, baby wipes, and, of course, Spam—to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, all done over the past 15 months with his own funding. “It feels like a mandate to me,” he explains. “I was deployed, and I know how much it means to receive a package overseas.” Downer, who worked for 33 years in the Fleet Systems Department, keeps a meticulous file listing the contents down to the last detail, and containing the receipts and customs form. “I’m an engineer,” he laughs.