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The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles
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After weeks of diligent work, almost daily rocket attacks, and assorted and sundry trials and tribulations, we are excited and ready to give some of your Yo-Yo's away to the Troops!
The USO on Kandahar Airfield has kindly allowed us to take our not insubstantial number of yo-yo's and distribute them to the hard fighting fellows taking a well deserved break there. We have scheduled two Sundays, a month apart, as I still receive at least a box a week with Yo-Yos and assorted sundries for the troops.
It's not commonly known, but many commanders (McChrystal ahem...) feel that 2 or 3 days in Bagram Airfield or Kandahar Airfield is a wonderful and sufficient respite from being shot at, rocketed, or blown up, out in the field. Of course they (McCrystal...Ahem!) closed many of the overpriced emporiums on the bases that the soldiers flocked to. The commanders (McCrystal...Ahem!) felt that the soldiers would get soft from two or three days of living the high life in the cosmopolitan and notoriously decadent Airfields.
Imagine the merriment when the USO finally opened up on KAF almost three weeks ago! (After what... almost nine years? I mean seriously, we slammed the Taliban here on Dec 7 2001...)
But I digress. The USO is a beautifully executed space, built inside of a huge clamshell tent. They spared no expense in making it comfortable and useful to the troops. Phone banks, reading areas, video gaming area, cushions, chairs, couches, you name it! Even a coffee room where you can brew your own.
As you already know, Uncle Roy (He is real!) of Uncle Roy's Toys has donated 200 hundred hand crafted hardwood yo-yo's for us to distribute. And dozens of people have sent yo-yo's that bring the total to over three hundred! That's a lot of Yo-Yo's for Troops!
One of the NCOs that I work with has graciously volunteered to assist with the distribution.
I have secured some help with the photos we will be taking, and I hope to have them up and on line within a couple of days of giving them out.
Again, I want to thank everyone that has been able to donate Yo-Yo's and other stuff for the troops. Wait until you see the pictures, and then you'll get an idea of how important this is to the fellows!
Albert A Rasch™
Member: Kandahar Tent Club
Member: Hunting Sportsmen of the United States HSUS (Let 'em sue me.)
The Hunt Continues...