We’ve had a great experience with the interaction we had at the community center here, and we found a lot of people are fans of racing. They knew exactly what we’ve been doing—how fast Pro Stock cars and Pro Stock motorcycles go. To see that we have an NHRA following like that is big. And I think being able to interact with these guys where they work every single day is special to them too. We got to go with the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team, drive M-ATVs and diesel trucks, and even crawl around the U2 spy planes. To see the flight deck of those planes is pretty awe-inspiring! You can see that the U.S. is about maintaining good relations with foreign countries.
You’ve also got guys on the front lines with their K-9 units, trying to find all the stuff that’s dangerous to our troops in front of them. Today, we got an up-close display of the K-9 unit, and we even got to put on jackets and get bit by the dogs. I’ve been a dog lover my whole life, and I’ve always wanted to see that! Our welcome here has been overwhelming. Seeing some of the stuff around the base here, it really hits home. It’s tough for these guys around the holidays. There are a lot of first-time deployments but also fourth- and fifth-time deployments. Guys and girls are constantly missing the holidays. I just feel for them being here this week, and visiting with them a little bit is the least we can do.”