Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sonics Dancers in Iraq 

Posted by Sasha at 5:30 PM ET

NBA dance team entertains, shows appreciation for troops
Gathering of Eagles: NY

TIKRIT - The Seattle SuperSonics Dance Team visited troops deployed to COB Speicher, located in Tikrit, June 11.

The dance team wanted to show their appreciation for the military and decided to partake in their own deployment experiences. “My passion is dancing and performing,” said Pilita, a first-year dance team member. “This is the least I could do for the Soldiers. It’s a privilege to be here. I’ve learned a lot.”

“Every day, this place and the Soldiers, everyone, has exceeded the expectations that I had,” explained Jillian, one of the Sonics dancers. “I have learned so much [more] by talking with a Soldier for one minute than when I listened to news stations or radio stations.”

“This is fun,” said Airman 1st Class Alana Fowler, a security forces patrol officer, “You sort of wake up in the same place, doing the same thing every day. It’s good to see something besides everyone in uniforms, military uniforms. It’s different, and it breaks up the daily routine.”

Many dance team members agreed this experience taught them many things about life in general and about why there is still a military presence in Iraq. “Everything that we see in the US and everything we learn is completely opposite,” said Sabrina, the dance team coach. “It’s the stories that we see through the eyes of the Soldiers. Seeing how things are done from day to day, to seeing how they are actually working with the country to build it up and working with their Soldiers. We never hear those things and so, for us, it’s just been a really growing experience. We don’t want to forget any moment, it’s overwhelming really. I feel like a new person.”

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