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Minnesota National Guard
Serving our Troops in Kuwait!

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - The great state of Minnesota is at it again with another triumphant victory of supporting the troops overseas  Minnesota National Guard supporters have broke yet another record of astonishing Soldiers, families, and citizens alike by leaving their footprint in the now ‘muddy’ desert sands of Kuwait

The organization Serving our Troops was originally developed over some beer and steaks at a dinner table with the guys in 2004 Local businesses thought it would be so great to show their support if only they could get the Minnesota grown steaks to the Minnesota troops overseas Indeed they were able to do that and it has since evolved into one of the biggest military support events in overseas history

To date, 75,000 steaks have been served to troops in Kosovo, Iraq, Fort McCoy, Wis and their families back in Minn On Saturday 13,000 steaks were served in Kuwait and St Paul, Minn

You can count on one hand how many times it has rained here in the desert since arriving in Kuwait eight months ago; one of those days was yesterday when the gracious business owners, representatives from Minnesota sports teams and even a musician from Minnesota flew the 6,000 odd miles to grill the steaks themselves for the Soldiers Still, there was nothing but smiling faces and determination from the volunteers during the chilly grill out in the muddy sands of Camp Arifjan, Kuwait



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Pete Bercich, KFAN Vikings Broadcaster and former Minnesota Vikings linebacker and coach said “I guess we brought the Minnesota weather with us!” as he and drenched John Mancini, owner of Mancini’s Char House, St Paul, Minn, Dan O’Gara, owner of O’Gara’s Bar and Grill, St Paul, Minn joked after the many ‘thank you’s they received from troops, senators and commanders of four Kuwait bases, not to mention, Minnesota Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Richard Nash

The event was held simultaneously in St Paul, Minn where families and friends gathered at the RiverCentre and enjoyed the donated slab of top quality beef from Mancini’s Char House, some Shell’s brew, Coca Cola, Sweet Martha’s Cookies  There were also at least 50 more sponsors and 600 volunteers from Delta Airlines who made this incredible occasion happen Soldiers here in Kuwait were able to Skype with families or listen to the performance given by legendary Minnesota-native musician, GB (Brian) Leighton

“It’s nice to give back to our troops; musicians and actors are not heroes  To me, Soldiers, firefighters, policeman, those who sacrifice so much are the true heroes,” Leighton said humbly This is also not the first time he has jumped the sands and oceans to perform for the troops; he has made several trips to Iraq, and stateside bases and sincerely enjoys every moment of it

On behalf of all the Soldiers, a warm, heartfelt ‘thank you’ goes out to all of those who made this special day happen and the families for their continued love and support “Ante Up, All In!”

Feb 26th, 2012
By Sgt. 1st Class Brittany L Thingvold
1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division




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