NEWS | Nov. 25, 2017

ASG-KU Commander speaks at AUSA Thanksgiving lunch

By 1st Lt. Vanessa Rios U.S. Army Central

Service members from Camp Arifjan and Camp Buehring, Kuwait, enjoyed a Thanksgiving luncheon sponsored by the Association of the United States Army 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, United States Army Regional Cyber Center Southwest Asia, native of Salem, Massachusetts.

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.

Colonel Steven R. Berger, Area Support Group-Kuwait Commander, was the distinguished 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. “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.”

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, 136th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.