Category Archive: Operation Appreciation

Nov 24 2013

Operation Appreciation (Day 5): Krawiec Sums it Up Perfectly

SOUTHWEST ASIA AND BAHRAIN — Eddie Krawiec is the idea guy in the group: “Hey, can we rent camels? “Alright, can I hold that gun in this photo? “Any chance we can fire off some test rockets?” The answers to the questions were no, no, and hell no. But it never stopped Krawiec from asking …

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Nov 21 2013

Operation Appreciation 2013 (Day 4): Anderson Talks Shop with Troops in Bahrain

BAHRAIN — Captain David Meron is in charge of the Naval Support Activity (NSA) in Bahrain. He is ultimately responsible for more than a dozen boats, 17 military working dogs, and hundreds of enlisted men. Yet, all he wanted to talk about on Thursday was drag racing and his unfinished bracket car back in Oklahoma. …

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Nov 20 2013

Operation Appreciation 2013 (Day 3): Andrew Hines Happy to Be Closer to the Front Lines

SOUTHWEST ASIA — After the cool, rainy conditions in Kuwait, Operation Appreciation headed to Southwest Asia and found warm weather—and an even warmer reception. The group visited the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia on Wednesday. They were attacked by dogs from the Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron’s (ESFS) military working dog (MWD) team, got …

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Nov 19 2013

Operation Appreciation 2013 (Day 2): Line Rolls with the Rain, Looks Forward to the Next Stops

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait — Drag racers and rain are natural enemies. And the last place someone like Jason Line expected to encounter a driving rainstorm was the deserts of the Middle East. Yet that’s exactly what Jason and the Operation Appreciation contingent got in Kuwait Monday night and Tuesday in massive (dare we say, biblical) proportions. By …

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Nov 18 2013

Operation Appreciation 2013 (Day 1): Fresh Location Brings Fresh Perspective to Runte

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait — Operation Appreciation, Summit Racing’s annual visit to troops stationed overseas, has a whole new look for 2013. The cast remains the same—Greg Anderson, Jason Line,  Andrew Hines, Eddie Kraweic, and Dan Runte once again make up the tour’s lineup—but this year’s trip takes place in the desert of the Middle East. Well the …

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Nov 11 2013

More Thanks on Veterans Day–and Beyond! OnAllCylinders Joins Operation Appreciation Next Week

Thank a vet. It’s easy enough on Veterans Day…or Memorial Day…or even July 4. But it’s something I don’t do enough. I don’t take the appropriate time to thank the veterans in my family, at work, or even living right next door. In short, showing appreciation for veterans hasn’t exactly become a habit for me. …

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Dec 04 2012

Operation Appreciation: Andrew Hines Reflects on “Eye-Opening Experience”

This year, Summit Racing Equipment and Armed Forces Entertainment-sponsored “Operation Appreciation” has visited troops in Bosnia and Kosovo. The last stop was a meet-and-greet on Friday night at Camp Butmir, outside Sarajevo, Bosnia. Harley-Davidson Pro Stock motorcycle rider Andrew Hines took some time after the session to reflect on the week-long adventure: First we were in …

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Dec 04 2012

Operation Appreciation: Runte Enjoys Small Group Atmosphere of this Year’s Trip

  The final stop on the Team Summit/Armed Forces Entertainment visit to troops based overseas was Camp Butmir, the NATO headquarters outside Sarajevo. There are 22 Americans amongst the several hundred multi-national troops based at this Bosnia facility. Dan Runte, driver of the Summit Racing/BIGFOOT monster truck, found this year’s trip unique compared to his …

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Dec 03 2012

Operation Appreciation: Greg Anderson “Honored and Blessed” to Visit with Troops

Summit Racing driver Greg Anderson took a few moments between flights to talk about his experiences during this year’s Summit Racing Equipment-sponsored holiday visit to U.S. troops stationed overseas, which was arranged by Armed Forces Entertainment. We talked with the four-time NHRA Pro Stock champion at Vienna’s international airport, the bridge between Kosovo and Bosnia. …

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Dec 03 2012

Operation Appreciation: Jason Line & Team Venture into Kosovo

The Summit Racing group: Summit Pro Stock drivers Greg Anderson and Jason Line, Summit Racing/BIGFOOT Monster Truck driver Dan Runte, and Harley-Davidson Pro Stock Motorcycle riders Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines made the trip from Stuttgart, Germany to the outskirts of Pristina, Kosovo. The distance between the two cities is much greater than 716 air …

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