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Active Duty Wish List Program

Operation Troop Appreciation (OTA) is dedicated to members of our Armed Forces serving and sacrificing for our country

Our mission is to build and sustain the morale and wellbeing of the military community, past and present, with the assurance that the American public supports and appreciates their selfless service and daily sacrifices.

OTA serves our troops wherever they deploy to conduct humanitarian or combat missions on behalf of our country, as a lead into the locations we are currently serving in: Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Niger, Qatar, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. The wish list items are intended to ease the burden of deployment, contribute to safety and enable our troops to perform more effectively.

Wish list items include items such as:

  • Tactical: Under Armour, ballistics glasses, Nomex gloves, GPS, multi-tools
  • Morale: sports equipment, weight-lifting machines, video gaming, recreation, phone cards
  • Self-improvement: computers, musical instruments
  • Well-being: snack and hygiene supplies
Mission Target Donationt Items OTA provides
Rescue injured soldiers off the battlefield. $150.00 Video gaming console
Transport supplies and personnel throughout as needed. $275.00 Headlamps, tactical flashlights
Provide security forces for personnel to remote sections of the country. $350.00 Ballistic eye-protective glasses
Support Central Command logistics, ensuring troops in the field have the needed supplies to carry out their missions. $475.00 Sports and exercise equipment, nutritional supplements
Conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations. $900.00 Cold weather moisture wicking clothing

You can help by contributing to the active duty wish list.

Help our organization by donating. Any amount helps! Thank you.

OTA has provided wish list items for hundreds of thousands deployed troops since 2004. Every package is tailored and personalized to meet the particular needs or wants of a unit.

OTA works with all branches of the military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.  And we work with active duty, National Guard and U.S. Reserve unitsfocusing on the individual needs of those we help. We are committed to helping our troops anytime they are called to duty and far from home.

OTA is a federally-recognized tax-exempt non-political, non-profit 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, based in Pittsburgh, PA with a 100% volunteer staff.

David leads the build-out of First Commonwealth’s advisory talent, with a particular emphasis on retirement and estate planning, and customized investment solutions. He is committed to providing a culture of customization and flexibility, ensuring superior service to the client.  

Before joining First Commonwealth, he served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director at FNB Wealth Management, responsible for the organization’s wealth management sales strategy, revenue retention efforts, investment agency accounts, employee benefit plans, foundations, endowments and trustee relationships. He also spent time at Federated Investors and PNC Wealth Management earlier in his career.  

David is a Certified Public Accountant, earning his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from John Carroll University in Ohio and received his MBA from Robert Morris College in Pittsburgh.

Lesley brings over 25 years of experience in financial services, focusing on Insurance & Annuity marketing, product and distribution. Before Joining GBU, Lesley served as the CMO and Head of Distribution for Knighthead Annuity & Life Assurance Company, as founding leader driving the company’s growth to over $2 Billion in assets under management. Lesley spent 20 years with Prudential Financial as SVP, Relationship Management for Prudential’s annuity business, responsible for the management, business development, sales, and marketing for the firm’s 300 institutional clients. She grew sales from under $10 billion a year to over $21 Billion, becoming the largest distributor of annuities in the industry.

As a senior executive, Lesley’s passion is around growing, developing, and evolving businesses, while leveraging the strengths that already exist in the business. She works to understand the culture, the business framework, and the people, shaping her determination to build high-performance teams and successful organizations. Lesley holds B.A. In Economics & Political Science from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.