CAMP ARIGJAN, Kuwait — Soldiers on Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, enjoyed a special lunch, competitive sports and camaraderie Nov. 22 to 23 to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Although many of the Soldiers may have preferred to spend the day with their families, units on the base made sure troops had the chance to spend the day bonding with each other while away from home.
“I’ve made lifetime friends in this unit because of days like today,” said Staff Sgt. William Mitchell, Area Support Group-Kuwait fire marshal.
Area Support Group-Kuwait gathered together Nov. 22 for the Turkey Bowl — a friendly but competitive flag football game between enlisted personnel and officers.
“This game is meant to do both: celebrate Thanksgiving and to enhance the morale throughout the company,” said Capt. Connie Cox, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Area Support Group-Kuwait.
The enlisted Soldiers took an early lead, but the officers did not give up easily.
“It is not over until it is over,” said Capt. Gawain Gudge, Area Support Group-Kuwait medical plans and operations officer.
The enlisted team was ultimately victorious.
“Inter-unit competition is a good thing to have. It brings us together and allows us to get to know Soldiers we don’t normally get to interact with,” Mitchell said. “At the end of the day, we are all on one team. Camaraderie is what it is all about.”
After the game, everyone gathered together for a company Thanksgiving meal prepared by the Soldiers themselves.
“I enjoyed watching the Soldiers cheer for their teams and bond with each other,” Cox said. “I thought the game was very exciting and fun; all the Soldiers seemed to really enjoy it.”
On Nov. 23, Camp Arifjan began the day with the Turkey Trot 5K run, followed by a Thanksgiving meal served by leaders around the camp. Colonel Steven Berger, Area Support Group-Kuwait commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. William Snyder joined the U.S Army Central Command’s commanding general Lt. Gen. Michael Garrett and Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Dostie to serve food to the Camp Arifjan community.
“I want to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, civilians and contractors here at Camp Arifjan, Camp Patriot and Camp Beuhring,” Berger said. “We also want to wish a happy Thanksgiving to our families at home.”
Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation hosted the Turkey Day Games event with different games and trivia throughout the day. All were welcome to participate, and gift cards were awarded to the winners.
Leadership said holiday events will continue to be a part of the season in order to maintain high morale and resiliency while service members are away from home during the holidays.