While this is off topic, I just thought I would share something that is kind of cool for those of us currently deployed to Afghanistan with HMLA-773.
Myself and four other Staff Sergeants built an MWR (lounge) hooch for the MALS (Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron) Staff NCO's.
This is where we gather at the end of the day to BS, or watch movies. The night of the Marine Corps Ball, we celebrated there and everyone signed the walls, ceiling, doors, etc.
A few weeks ago, our Commanding Officer from MAG-42 in Atlanta paid us a visit. While he was here, we asked him to sign the wall in the lounge. He chose to sign the untouched door that exits to the back of the hooch.
Well, today was pretty damn good for morale, as well as that door.
Thanks to a visit by the Marine Corps Command and a USO Tour that rolled through Bagram, we now have the following signatures on the door, along with photographs of the listed individuals signing it.
Commandant of the Marine Corps General Hagee
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps SgtMaj Estrada
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff General Myers
Comedian/Actor Robin Williams
Comedian/Actor Blake Clark (Waterboy, 50 First Dates)
NFL Hall of Fame Quaterback John Elway
Model/Sportscaster Leeann Tweeden
The "door" is slated to be displayed in the MAG-42 Headquarters building, along with the photographs upon our return to the States next year.
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