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    Meet the real Bruce Almighty

    Meet the real Bruce Almighty

    FORT BLISS, TX, UNITED STATES

    03.03.2021

    Photo by Spc. Isaiah Laster 

    1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade

    Chances are if you were a cinephile or a casual movie-watching fan in the early 2000’s, you’ve heard of or seen the film Bruce Almighty.

    If you’re a member of Echo Troop, 3-6 Heavy Cavalry, 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade, well, then without a doubt, you know about another guy with the first name Bruce.

    But that’s where the similarities end.

    The Bruce Nolan in Bruce Almighty, the Spyglass Entertainment film from 2003, liked to complain after being down on his luck. Spc. Bruce Thigpen from Echo Troop, 3-6 Cav, does nothing of the sort.

    After catching up with the 92F Petroleum Supply Specialist, he was quick to let us know about his modus operandi.

    “I do what I am told,” the Floridian said. “I am a Soldier and know how important my role in this troop is. That’s making sure these birds stay up there and not down here in the dust.”

    No sooner than getting the word ‘dust’ out, the Army’s leanest and meanest helicopter thundered overhead, banking left as it flew towards the mountain range in the distance.

    “But my favorite part of being a fueler isn’t just gassing up the generators, Apaches, and trucks,” the Jacksonville native added. “Getting the chance to develop my battle buddies and fellow 92F’s is the icing on the cake. Nothing beats seeing us execute flawlessly and everything taking off without a hitch.”

    You’re probably wondering where the Bruce Almighty plug enters the story. Well, how about here.

    “When I’m not slinging fuel at work, I enjoy helping my wife train dogs,” Thigpen said. “When we’re not outside with the dogs, you can find me somewhere reading.”

    As our conversation went on and rounds of Apaches took off and landed, Bruce told us a little bit about his favorite outdoor hobby.

    “If I had to pick one thing I enjoy doing most outdoors it’s surfing,” the proud son of the Sunshine State said with a smile. “The feeling you get catching a wave and slowly standing up on the board is tough to beat.”

    As he told us more about how long he’d been surfing, another Apache landed and the petroleum supply specialist had to take off and get back to business.

    Iron Eagles like Spc. Bruce Thigpen are what make the Iron Eagle Family great. Their tireless work ethic and commitment to a larger sense of purpose speak not only to their importance to their unit but to the person behind the uniform.

    After spending some time with the Iron Eagles of Echo Troop, 3-6 Heavy Cav, and getting to know a fueler named Bruce Thigpen; we’re convinced we’ve got the real Bruce Almighty, and the one in the movie is just a character in an old film.

    Photo by: Sgt Isaiah Laster
    Story by: Maj Clark Tucker

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    Date Taken: 03.03.2021
    Date Posted: 03.04.2021 18:37
    Photo ID: 6542936
    VIRIN: 210303-A-XJ882-866
    Resolution: 1536x2048
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    Location: FORT BLISS, TX, US 
    Hometown: JACKSONVILLE, FL, US

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