More than 100 years ago, the Girl Scouts started selling cookies as a way to help cover the costs of troop activities. In 2002, a local Girls Scout service project in San Diego centered around cookies was launched as a way of thanking the military for their service and sacrifice. Operation Thin Mint was born.

“I’m so proud of the Girls Scouts and the San Diego community for genuinely embracing Operation Thin Mint for 20 years now,” said retired U.S Navy Capt. Jo Dee Jacob, who launched the program as CEO of Girl Scouts San Diego. “We will always have forces deployed and serving overseas. They will always appreciate a taste of home and a note to show that we care.”

Midway has partnered with Girl Scouts San Diego for more than 15 years and was thrilled to help them commemorate the 20th anniversary of Operation Thin Mint.

“We love our longtime partnership with the USS Midway Museum,” said May Doyle, director of communications for Girl Scouts San Diego. “The Operation Thin Mint sendoff on the Midway is a highlight of the Girl Scout year.”

“It’s great continuing our support for the Girl Scouts and their amazing program that gives back to our servicemembers,” said Paulette Mello, Midway’s community outreach coordinator. “We’re excited to hold more Operation Thin Mint events on the ship in the future.”

Throughout the month of April, Midway hosted an Operation Thin Mint booth and exhibit on the ship’s hangar deck. Museum visitors were excited to see the Girl Scouts on the ship.

“The museum was the perfect setting to share the story of Operation Thin Mint, said Mary. “While most San Diegans are familiar with Operation Thin Mint, it was a new concept to Midway’s out-of-town visitors, and they were awed by its scope and impact. The girls who hosted the cookie booth enjoyed chatting with visitors about Operation Thin Mint and our connection with Midway.”

“Visitors thanked my three daughters for participating in Operation Thin Mint,” said Girl Scout troop leader Elisa Hillard. “Many of the Midway’s guests also shared stories with us of their relatives who had received cookies and notes while deployed.”

Midway and Girl Scouts San Diego are already planning the Operation Thin Mint send-off celebration for 2022.

“Midway has welcomed Girl Scouts with open arms,” said Mary. “We look forward to collaborating for many more years.”

San Diego Girls Scouts gather around their Operation Thin Mint display on the flight deck.

After more than two years of restoration work at Naval Base Coronado, a fully-restored A-7 Corsair attack plane has returned to Midway’s flight deck.

“Our aircraft restoration team spent more than 2,000 hours bringing this plane back to life,” said Walt Loftus, Midway’s airwing director. “This is a great new aircraft exhibit for Midway guests to experience during a visit to the museum.”

The 50-year-old A-7 is on loan to Midway from the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla. 

The A-7 Corsair first flew in 1965 and was used by both the U.S. Navy and Air Force. Starting in 1967, the Corsair was deployed on various Navy aircraft carriers for combat missions during the Vietnam War. 

The A-7’s last wartime deployment was in 1991 during Operation Desert Storm flying combat missions over Iraq. After nearly 25 years of service, all over the world, the aircraft was retired from active military service in mid-1991.

“She was a workhorse for the Navy for many years, so it’s great to see her back on the Midway,” said retired Navy Capt. Gil Rud, a Midway docent who flew the A-7 for nearly 15 years. “She’s even painted in one of my old squadron’s colors.”