USO Tour

 

uso.jpgAt 4:00 a.m. EST time this morning I boarded a plane with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, to go on an overseas USO tour. 

We took off from Andrews Air Force Base and flew to Shannon, Ireland where we stopped to refuel.  While there, we ran into about 1,000 Marines returning from Iraq.  It was a sight to be seen, but even more impressive was their commitment to each other, their partiotism and their courage.  Every single one that I talked to wanted to go back.

Why?  Because they were doing something for their country.

I took the job to manage the 2000 USA Olympic baseball team.  I had already retired from my 20 years of managing the Dodgers.  I had already been inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame.  I had been to the top of the mountain.

Why did I want the job?  Because I wanted to do something for my country.

Obviously winning our first and only gold Medal doesn’t compare to the bravery displayed by our Armed Forces, but we all feel patriotism and I hope that we all look for ways to express it.

This tour is a dream come true for me.  Nobody likes war, but as long as our troops are around the world fighting for us, you better believe I am going to do everything in my power to show my support for them.  I am going to do everytihng I can to motivate them, and to make them realize that they are loved and respected.

I’ll be blogging daily about this trip, and I hope you check in to share this experience with me.

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