I couldn’t tell you what time it is, what day it is, how many days we have left on tour or every event that has taken place in the last few weeks, but I can tell you that every moment has been rich!
We have currently set up camp in Okinawa at Kadena Air Base. We performed a show last night and will perform our last full show this evening at Camp Schwab. The majority of troops on this base are Marines.
Tomorrow we have a full day. We will rise at 6 a.m. to prepare for a Super Bowl halftime performance mid-morning during the Giants-Pats faceoff. We will be in attendance to surprise some troops at two different Super Bowl parties on base tomorrow. Those shows will be a 25-minute abbreviated version of our full 1 1/2 hour show.
I must say I would love it if the Broncos were in the Super Bowl, but we have been blessed; if the Broncos WERE in the Super Bowl, we would not have been able to attend this tour. Rather than performing on the championship field in Arizona, we will be rocking the orange and blue in a completely different fashion on a very different stage, located on a completely different side of the world, for some extraordinary individuals. ‘Super Bowl Monday’ in Japan will never be the same!
One of the things that always stands out to me on these tours is my appreciation for the families in the Armed Forces — the mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, grandparents, and children that support the troops representing their families for the United States of America. Joining the military is a community sacrifice within a family. Being away from my family for 3 weeks is difficult; being separated from your family for six-to-15 month increments is a sacrifice, a duty that is difficult to comprehend and a gift to all of us. I look forward to our next and last few days abroad thanking our troops and celebrating their devotion.
We will soon touch down in Denver again. Isn’t it interesting the impact and perspective that 21 days can have on a person, on a team? We have only been able to share a glimpse of our gratitude, but I look forward to coming home and sharing their stories for years to come.
Many blessings and sayonara.