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    Posted August 11, 2014 by
    henryrc
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    In Memoriam

    entertaining the troops

     
    I have an amazing of memory of Robin Williams when in 2002 he flew to karshi-Khanabad (K2) Uzbekistan to entertain the troops stationed there. I was a staff sergeant at the time in the United States Air Force deployed in support of Enduring Freedom. I was excited because I had never before met someone of such well-known celebrity. For me, that entire day was memorable as I could not believe his energy and enthusiasm. From the moment he stepped off the C-17, he was a non-stop rollercoaster of laughter. He must have easily spent 20 hours + entertaining both Airman and Soldiers stationed there and probably signed over 500 items (whatever the troops had available). I have 2 amazing photos taken with him. My favorite is the first photo taken as Mr. Williams was my unwitting accomplice in a scheme to be the first person on base to get a photo with him.

    When everyone heard of his impending arrival, a few hundred personnel were lined up on the flight-line. Working as a member in Security Forces, there was no way I could wait for hours just for a photo opportunity. So I rolled up and "pretended" to be apart of the security detail and immediately took control of the gathering crowd. Once everyone was in place, Robin Williams stepped off the plane and immediately had everyone laughing. After roughly 15 minutes, it was announced that he would start signing autographs. I immediately put everyone in place and took charge of where the "signings" will begin. Once ready, I immediately pulled out my camera and had someone take a photo of him and I (I am now a First Sergeant and this photo with my signed memorabilia is currently on my desk). As I quickly began to exit, you could plainly hear the "hey!" as personnel started to realize that I took control simply to jump in front of the line. Mr. Williams quickly faced me, pointed and laughed while stating "its OK, he's my personal security guard and has waited years for my picture! Now run, I can't hold em all back!"

    I loved the fact that he took his time to come to a place that most people don't even know exists just to spend time with all of us, make us laugh, sign autographs and simply give all of us a much needed comedic break. And most importantly, I love that he was so willing to quickly support me in being the very first person on base to get a photo with him. That took place over 12 years ago and I still tell that story to this day.

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