With jets and helicopters creating the "sound of freedom" in the background, several members of the Combined Joint Task Force 101 RC (E) took a few minutes to take a break from the war in Afghanistan.
On Dec. 5, with the snow-capped Hindu Kush Mountains in the background and a recently completed deck, several service members enjoyed various cigars complements of Old VA Tobacco of Woodbridge.
The event, hosted by Dr. Sturgis of Virginia and his team at Bagram Air Field allowed service members to push aside, for a few minutes, the thoughts of war and missed families. Chicken wings from the dining facility, cigars from Old VA Tobacco, chips and homemade salsa from Lt. Col. Williams were just a few of the goodies the service members enjoyed.
Jeremy Seeley of Old VA Tobacco, and Maj. Peter Dvorscak, a frequent shopper of the store, worked together to ensure that the cigars arrived on time and were distributed to worthy service members.
Bagram Airfield is home away from home to the 101st Airborne Division Headquarters elements as well as several other U.S. service components and individual augmentees fighting the war on terror.
Their mission is to help the Afghan people understand democracy and embrace it through their government. The soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who attended the Cigar Fest were thankful for the cigars and support from home. Quotes like, "Man, this is a good cigar," and "Thanks OVT, think I'll have another," were but a few of the sentiments from the aficionados.
Taking a break from the daily grind is good for morale and allows service members to enjoy a little comradery and talk about previous experiences and future plans. Soldiers, sailors, airman and marines work hard each day to help Afghans understand freedom and democracy. They work with citizens and local leaders to help them develop their country and embrace and revitalize its glorious past.
The service members want the American public to know that "we are winning."
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Source: Inside NoVA