Troops celebrate patriotic Thanksgiving with song, great food

Troops celebrate patriotic Thanksgiving with song, great food

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Service members from Camp Arifjan and Camp Buehring, Kuwait, enjoyed a Thanksgiving luncheon sponsored by the Association of the U.S. Army’s Kuwait Chapter at the Hilton Kuwait Resort, Nov. 25.

“It was a pleasant experience. It was a beautiful dinner and nicely put together,” said Staff Sgt. David Pike, U.S. Army Regional Cyber Center Southwest Asia, a native of Salem, Mass.

Sergeant 1st Class Jason Whitaker, ASG-KU Garrison Squad noncommissioned officer in charge said, “I think it’s great that we can get all branches of the services together and build that camaraderie, brother- and sister-hood, and sit and enjoy a Thanksgiving Day dinner together.”

An elegant red carpet entrance, chandelier lighting, silverware, and well-decorated tables were amongst the unexpected surprises upon arrival. Guests had the opportunity to relax and enjoy the hotel amenities before the event began.

Col. Steven R. Berger, Area Support Group-Kuwait commander, was the guest speaker during the event. He spoke on leadership, family and prayer.

“I hope you have had an opportunity to spend time with your family here, but also reach out to your family back home,” said Berger.

Adding, “We will have a traditional meal together with all of the trimmings. On this Thanksgiving 2017, please remember that each and every one of you have leaders that are praying for you.”

The Joint Strike Fighter Choir from Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, sings “God Bless America” at a Thanksgiving luncheon hosted by the AUSA’s Kuwait Chapter. (Photo by 1st Lt. Vanessa Rios)

At the end of the event, the Joint Strike Fighter Choir, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, sang “God Bless America” and “The Army Song.” Despite the choir members being from different branches and ranks, they performed together as one.

“It was very patriotic … and angelic. I got goosebumps,” said Spc. Hector Vaca, ASG-KU battle specialist, from San Antonio, Texas.

“I am so thankful for the AUSA for holding such a spectacular event and having such wonderful selections of food and desserts. It was outstanding,” said Whitaker, from Forth Worth, Texas, who is with the 136th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.