News: Soldiers receive special visitor
Story by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch
CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – “We are out here for you guys,” said Alaina Blair, country music star. “You guys put your lives on the line everyday for us, so it is the least we can do. I’m excited to entertain you guys!”
Blair, and members of her band, visited soldiers of 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, to learn about the “Death Dealers” equipment, sign some autographs and simply get to know the soldiers.
“It was nice for her to be able to take the time and raise the morale,” said Spc. Tim Ingoldsby, armor crewman, Company A, 1st Bn., 67th Armor Reg. “I don’t think they realize how much we appreciate the little things.”
Soldiers displayed equipment and weapons for Blair to see and interact with.
“It’s amazing and incredible to see everything out here,” said Blair. “When you hear about people coming over to the Middle East and soldiers coming over to the Middle East, you kind of have a picture in your head of what’s going on, but you really don’t know until you come out here and see for yourself, it is very eye opening.”
During her visit with the soldiers, Blair decided to put on a small show and sing a song.
“They were almost as excited as I was,” said Blair. “I still think I was more excited.”
The soldiers appreciated having the chance to meet Blair and know they were lucky.
“Leaders do care, they care about the morale,” said Ingoldsby. “It was excellent that they passed it through and it went through the leadership to provide this opportunity to be able to meet her.”
Blair looks forward to having the chance to come back and visit soldiers again.
“Anytime they want us to come out, we will definitely be here because we have enjoyed the few days we have been out here and we are looking forward to the rest of the tour,” said Blair.
Blair plans to visit as many soldiers as possible as her tour continues through Dec. 20.