FROM READERS: A show of Mizzou support from U.S. military in Kuwait

Friday, September 7, 2012 | 4:58 p.m. CDT
The 35th Combat Aviation Brigade, stationed in Kuwait, shows their support of the Missouri Tigers moving to the Southeastern Conference.

First Lieutenant Kerri Brantley is public affairs officer with the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade. She is does work with Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System. This article and photos were first published in this post.

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait — The 35th Combat Aviation Brigade is supporting the Mizzou Tigers all the way from Camp Buehring, Kuwait, as they marked off one month since arriving in the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Tigers had a great season opener as they crushed Southeastern Louisiana during the game on Saturday. Many of the soldiers here are longtime fans, alumni or residents of Columbia, Mo., proudly cheer on the Tigers.

“I think that it’s great the Tigers are in SEC, and I think that we will be challenged, but do well,” said Sgt. Erica Lemuth, who gets her Tiger pride from her father.

“He was a huge Mizzou fan, and naturally I followed in his footsteps. When my family moved to Jefferson City we would go to games,” she said.

“I’ve been a fan my whole life, 24 years and counting!”

While the University of Missouri football team hit the gridiron, the Tiger flag flew over a different kind of field. The brigade headquarters are based in Sedalia, Mo., but Camp Buehring currently is the headquarters for Task Force Santa Fe, overseeing all aviation missions and playing a vital role in partnerships in the region to promote stability and security in that part of the world.

Taking the opportunity to raise the Mizzou SEC flag was a great way to boost morale and give soldiers a little piece of home. The unit will be deployed until late spring 2013, but the soldiers look to their favorite team to cheer for during football season.

“I think it is a great way to represent our state. Raising our flag is a way to show our true Black and Gold spirit,” Lehmuth said.

The 35th CAB is here in Kuwait to build and maintain partnerships in this region; however, with the start of football season, the countdown to home begins.

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