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Minnesota National Guard Troop Visit – Blog Entry No. 9 (including photos)

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on December 11, 2009 – 1:00 pm

Vikings Entertainment Network’s Bryan Harper and KFAN’s Mike Morris, the former Vikings longsnapper and current host of “The Power Trip Morning Show,” will be traveling to Iraq to visit Minnesota National Guard Troops over the next week or so.  Both men will be updating fans via the vikings.com Blog on their trip about the experience.

Below is the duo’s 9th entries, sent via BlackBerry from Kuwait.

6:10 Iraq time: Morris: Now that was a fun radio show. A live listening audience from Basra Iraq and the phone lines jammed full of well-wishers. The delay wasn’t long enough that it couldn’t be dealt with… and let me tell you Minnesota… the live audience was so appreciative of all the good wishes. Reaching out and supporting them is the best thing we can do as we enter the holiday season. Its going to be a great few days with a lot of support coming on both sides. Headed over to Iraqi military headquarters for a joint dinner with top level US military staff. Iraqi food… should be interesting. I’m taking the suggested pill prior to eating the dinner… right… now. Done, now I can eat like the horse I am.

Updated note: Morris: The meaty mixture of goat and camel isn’t too bad. I’m glad I took that pill.

Click the below images below to view larger versions.

Methane burn-off in the Iraq oil-fields

Mike Morris: I never would have thought we would have run into our huge bookend offensive tackles in the Netherlands.

Looking out the back window as we crossed the border into Iraq.

Looking out the window inside a massive military vehicle.

Serving Our Troops is the St. Paul based-group that is here serving 6500 “cooked-to-order” steaks to MN National Guard members on Saturday. Morris and Harper’s trip coincides with their trip and have been traveling together since arriving in Kuwait. Members of Serving Our Troops include, but are not limited to, Pat Harris (St. Paul City Council), Brian Leighton (lead singer of GB Leighton), Ted Marty (Grain Belt), John Mancini (Mancini’s Steakhouse), Dan O’Gara (O’Gara’s) and several others.

A photo of a portion of the Minnesota National Guard’s viewing audience for The Power Trip Morning Show LIVE from Basra, Iraq on Friday morning.

Mike Morris thinks that standing in front of a Christmas tree with red lights counts as a visit to Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District.

Mike Morris sporting the Kevlar vest

Methane burn-off in the Iraq oil-fields

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2 Responses to “Minnesota National Guard Troop Visit – Blog Entry No. 9 (including photos)”

  1. By PAVikesFan on Dec 11, 2009 | Reply

    crazy stuff…I hope the troops had some fun with Mike Morris, and I wish them all as best a holiday season thye can have…God Bless

  2. By rap99 on Dec 13, 2009 | Reply

    to all the troops, GOD BLESS YOU, AND THANK YOU! YOU HAVE MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS!! GOD BLESS THE U.S.A.!!! BE SAFE AND BE VICTORIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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