Vikings Radio Analyst Pete Bercich and Vikings Entertainment Network Executive Producer Bryan Harper are in Kuwait as part of the St. Paul based “Serving Our Troops” trip to visit Minnesota National Guard troops. Below is their fifth blog entry regarding their trip so far.
We fired up the grills and started the actual grilling at 3 pm. When all was said and done at 8 pm we had grilled 2736 Mancini’s steaks for some very appreciative troops here at Camp Arifjan Kuwait (I have heard the other sites experienced similar success).
Since the MN Nat’l Guards arrival 7-8 months ago, it has rained a total of 7 days… today was one of them. Seems like we brought more from home than just steaks as it was chilly and wet. The rain didnt set us back though… we simply set up a tent and kept working.
We had 13 people working the Arifjan project (49 overall at 5 bases) and it took focus from everyone to get the job done. There were several moments when the emphatic thank you’s coming from the troops made you stop in your tracks a bit… they were so appreciative but yet we are so appreciative of them. Thats what Serving Our Troops is all about… we brought some “home” to them and like true Minnesotan’s, they let us know how appreciative they are.
I heard comments like, “you came all the way to Kuwait just to grill us steaks” or the best was when we’d get a request for a steak… “medium rare” and our response would be 1 or 2? The look on the faces was priceless… “I can have two?!” Of course!!
We have more MN National Guard troops over here now than ever before. They are dedicated, love serving our great nation, but certainly do miss home. Pete and I and the Serving Our Troops crew will not forget that as it reinforces why we do this… its an impactful one-of-a-kind event that accurately reflects the support of an entire state for those who sacrifice for us.
We hope you enjoyed following along this project. It’s been an honor to be a part of another Serving Our Troops project. Pete and I will recap on-air during the morning show on KFAN 100.3 FM likely on Wednesday (I’m not getting up that early on Tuesday after returning Monday night). Feel free to tune in.
For more information on Serving Our Troops, visit ServingOurTroops.com.
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