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Cigar Tip: Donate Cigars to the Troops

22 Feb 2012

Memorial Day. Veterans Day. Independence Day. Christmas. Thanksgiving. These are the days of the year when many Americans focus their thoughts and generosity on the men and women who are bravely serving in the armed forces overseas.

No matter what your opinion of U.S. foreign policy, one thing that shouldn’t be divisive is supporting our troops. And you needn’t wait for a holiday to do your part. Year round, men and women who are serving in dangerous conditions would appreciate any spare cigars you can send their way.

Last summer, the team took inventory of our personal humidors and sent some cigars to the Kandahar Koughers, a group that has gotten much well-deserved publicity for its efforts. The Koughers, according to their Facebook page, smoke donated cigars “under adverse conditions” to increase morale, relieve stress, and build camaraderie. Feel free to send cigars of your own to the Koughers at the following address:

MAJ David Luttrell/Randy Sauers
c/o Kandahar Koughers
APO AE 09355

The Koughers are worthy recipients of your generosity, but they aren’t the only cigar club made up of overseas military personnel. Another is the Tali-banned Cigar Aficionado Club (TCAC), a group of U.S. and coalition soldiers that provides fellowship and complimentary cigars to members. Today the team is sending a nice package of cigars to the club’s chapter in Kabul. We encourage you to do the same at the following address:

Chris Mino
Attn: MTAG
APO AE 09356

If you haven’t done it before, mailing cigars to troops really couldn’t be simpler. Just use a free USPS flat rate Priority Mail box and fill out a brief customs form. The postage is the same to an APO box as it is for domestic shipping. Delivery will take a bit longer, though, so be sure to provide adequate humidification to keep the sticks from drying out.

But whether you send cigars to the Koughers, TCAC, another group, or an individual, I urge you to make a contribution. In addition to those sticks you’ll never miss, toss in a few special cigars. As my colleague George recently wrote, “I bet you’ll get more from donating them than you would from lighting them up.”

Patrick A

photo credit: TCAC

13 Responses to “Cigar Tip: Donate Cigars to the Troops”

  1. Rogers71 Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    Excellent commentary, and I couldn't agree more. Never occurred to me to send smokes to the troops — but I'm sure those guys are deserving and grateful when they recieve them.

  2. Mark Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    This is a great idea. I have too many cigars in my humidor, most of which I will never get around to smoking. Putting together a care package right now!

  3. MAJOR CAREY, USA Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 8:45 am #

    Good Evening from Afghanistan. I’m here in Bagram, Afghanistan, and wondering if you could send some cigars to our TF MED-A/ HHC 1st Medical Brigade Soldiers. Would you be willing to support some terrific Soldiers over here in that endeavor? Thanks for your time, and hope to hear from you very soon – God bless you and yours, and God bless America.



    ADDRESS: If you can send some cigars:

    APO AE 09354

  4. Alex Medlin Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

    Thank you everyone continuing to support our troops out there in harms way!

    Alex Medlin

  5. A. Adi Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 1:24 am #

    Hello from AlUdeid AB. I was wondering too if anyone could send some cigars to our unit. Last time I was in Manas there was no shortage of Cigars, but there is here. I have been here 2 months with 4 more to go and I have not seen any. we would appreciate any help here at Air Force Central Command Logistics.


    MSgt Adi

    Our address is:
    c/o MSgt A. Adi
    APO AE 09309

  6. ArmyDoc Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 4:26 am #

    If anyone is still interested in donating, we have a lot of great young soldiers that are going to be away from their families this xmas here at FOB Shank. Thanks again, and god bless.

    Ron Kembro
    624th FST
    FOB Shank
    APO AE 09364

    • Brian G Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

      Ron, I'm sticking a few bags of cigars in the mail via USPS flat rate box to above address. Not sure the delivery time frame, though hoping they get there by Christmas. Merry Christmas and thanks for your service.

      Brian G., Seattle, WA

  7. deven Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    I'm in Kabul Afghanistan and within my unit we have a cigar night every Friday if anybody wants to contribute to us you can email me and I will give you our apo address

  8. Robert Monday, December 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    Recently my unit was deployed to Afghanistan and we have found that cigars are hard to come by especially in the smaller FOB's like mine (FOB Goode). If anyone is willing to help support my unit please contact me at and I will give you my APO address.

  9. Capt N Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 5:31 am #

    If anyone is interested is sending some cigars to my Airmen deployed please email me at ( I know a lot of the guys out here haven't had a cigar since we left home, so they would definitely enjoy it.

    Thanks for all your support.

    -Capt Novak, USAF

  10. steve Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    If this site still works I'm in Afghanistan now and was wondering if anyone would care to send some cigars this way. My email is and I would gladly send you the apo address.

  11. Ory,J Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 5:03 am #

    Would love to receive any Cirgar down range. Its the little things that gets us trough the deployment. Thank you for your suppport

    SSG Ory, Jason.
    TAAC-E / 3ID
    FOB Gamberi
    APO , AE 09354

  12. Jonathon Retzloff Monday, November 24, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

    Hi Im PFC Retzloff from the US Army. I am deployed to Bagram Airfield Afghanistan for 12 months. I am writing you to see if you send cigars to troops like myself. If you do I would be really grateful if you could send some my way. Thank you verry mush.