CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait –
Although deployed to Kuwait, “Devil” brigade Soldiers celebrated Independence Day
with water balloon dodge ball, water balloon slingshot, a watermelon- eating
contest and carnival-style events.
The 120-degree temperature of
the midday sun didn’t keep Spc. Brian Batten and Pfc. Zavion Applegate, both
combat engineers with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armored Regiment, 1st
Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, from enjoying the holiday
“This event let us take our
minds off working all the time and gave us an opportunity to relax,” Applegate
The all-day event was sponsored
by Morale, Welfare and Recreation as a way to boost morale.
“We wanted to provide troops
an opportunity to have some fun, fellowship with friends and enjoy some good
barbecued food,” said Cherry Burch, Camp Buehring MWR supervisor. “We know they
are thousands of miles away from family and friends and wanted to give them a
hometown experience to pick up their spirits.”
The goal of Camp Buehring’s
MWR is to provide service members with the same quality services they would get
back home in the United States, said Fredericka Hampton, recreation lead, MWR.
Hampton said Camp Buehring
MWR offers almost 40 different events a month for service members to relax and
Activities began at 10 a.m.
July 4 at the camp’s Oasis area with a variety of events each hour.
The final event of the day was
the five-kilometer color run, which began at 7 p.m. as the sun set across the
As each runner crossed the finish
line, they were soaked with ice-cold, red and blue colored water.
“It was awesome to participate in something like
this,” said Spc. LaBarron Simmons, a fire support specialist with Headquarters
and Headquarters Company, 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div. “Being able to participate in
this event made me feel like I was having fun somewhere else.”