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Warren Miller Entertainment Reflects on Veteran’s Day, 11.11.11

As a small token of appreciation for the service that our US troops provide this country, Warren Miller Entertainment sends our annual feature film to a handful of oversees army bases each fall. In honor of Veteran’s Day, we decided to share a letter that we received earlier this week from an Air National Guard Captain in Afghanistan. Please enjoy this heartfelt read, helping us to remember the meaning of this important day.
By Warren Miller Entertainment

As a small token of appreciation for the service that our US troops provide this country, Warren Miller Entertainment sends our annual feature film to a handful of oversees army bases each fall. Our efforts to share the latest Warren Miller film with our troops is always vastly appreciated…even if the gesture does seem small and insignificant against the turbulent backdrop of an ongoing war. However, over the years, we have learned that a little slice of home goes a long way for the men and women of our armed forces who are deployed overseas…and our slice goes an even longer way for those troops who like to ride POWDER. In honor of Veteran’s Day, we decided to share a letter that we received earlier this week from an Air National Guard Captain in Afghanistan. Please enjoy this heartfelt read, helping us to remember the meaning of this important day.

 

Dear Warren Miller Entertainment,

... A few months ago, my wife contacted you wondering
what she could do about helping me catch this year's premiere while I would
be deployed to Afghanistan.  Through my wife's concern and your cooperation
and generosity, we just held a premiere for *Like There's No Tomorrow *at
[airbase], Afghanistan!

When my wife told me about your willingness to help us enjoy this year's

movie, I couldn't wait to see it.  However, the impact it had being watched
over here was more than I could have imagined.  Once I received your
posters, I immediately started to hang them all over base to let people
know what a great gift you had sent us.  Instantly, the skiers started to
come out of the woodwork.  I knew trying to host a premiere here would be a
challenge but when all the Warren Miller fans started to surface, it all
came together.

The Aircraft Maintenance Commander started everything by agreeing to let us

use his Hangar. Mind you the Hangar had an aircraft in it that was being
repaired.  However, it was as good a theater as any other.  The
Hospital staff pitched in by giving us 14 sheets to make the surface of our
screen.  Our crewmembers "acquired" a fork lift and some wood and
before we new it, we had a 12'x14' elevated movie screen.  Speakers, a
projector, and a lot of wires managed to find their way in to our
possession, and so long as we can get them back before people notice
they're missing, we'll probably be good.  Even the USO pitched in when they
heard Warren Miller would be in town and they provided all the food and
drinks we could have hoped for.  Before we knew it, we were hosting a
pretty good movie premiere in the middle of a war zone.

I am deployed here with my Air National Guard unit as a pilot that transports
troops, airdrops supplies and evacs wounded soldiers.  The crowd included
Doctors and Nurses that deal with the real brutality of the war and work miracles everyday. 
We sat with the bravest soldiers who serve at remote outposts around the country. 
There was mechanics, that stayed up late to watch the movie and then worked twelve
hour shifts so that the planes would never stop flying.  From Colonels to
the newest recruit, the crowd was a great cross-section of everyone serving
here.  I guess I'm trying to speak to the atmosphere that your movies
create when they bring people from all different backgrounds together for a
brief moment that they all can enjoy.  Enjoy is exactly what we did.  A
great crowd, a great movie and a great night.

So, on behalf of all of those that were able to watch this year's movie

(thanks to your generosity) I want to convey our appreciation.  One of the
soldier's said it best at the end of the movie:  "..with the lights off,
and that movie playing, I actually forgot where I was."  What you did for
us was incredible and I hope those last few words express our gratitude.
 To forget that you are watching Warren Miller where everyone is required
to be carrying a gun, to forget that we are somewhere that takes us away
from our families for as much as a year,  to forget that everyday here we
say goodbye to heroes that won't return alive;  to forget all this even for
an hour is something we will always be grateful for.

To you and everyone that helped us watch this year's Warren Miller, Thank

You!


Respectfully,

Anonymous, Capt

Afghanistan