Troops Visit Fever

June 16, 2006

On Sunday, June 11, the Fever welcomed some special guests to Conseco Fieldhouse for its game versus the Seattle Storm. A group of soldiers being deployed to Iraq and Kuwait from the 217th Transportation Compay (Heavy Equipment Transport) made its way from Camp Atterbery to attended Sunday’s game. They had the opportunity not only to take in the game, but also to mingle with the Inferno dance team. With the help of dance team coordinator Stacy Austin, they took a group photo with the Inferno, and sent the following letter as thanks.

Soldiers from the 217th Transportation Company pose with members of the Inferno dance team.

Ms. Austin,

The Soldiers from the 217th Transportation Company would like to thank you and the Fever Organization for a great time at the game last night.

We all appreciated the opportunity to go down to the basketball court to take pictures with the Fever cheerleaders. The soldiers couldn't stop talking about how much fun they had on the ride back to Camp Atterbery. The majority of the soldiers have been working non-stop (24/7) since 1st of April, so a night out to attend the Indiana Fever vs. Seattle Storm WNBA game was just what these soldiers needed.

Although I'm not allowed to give you specific information, here's some brief info on the unit: 217th Transportation Company (HET - Heavy Equipment Transport), San Antonio, Texas. This unit is on its second deployment to Iraq in four years. The unit consists of soldiers from five states (TX, AR, OK, LA, NM) plus others from MO. Our mission is to provide direct support to maneuver divisions and move all heavy vehicles (tanks and oversized equipment) as they deploy and redeploy to the theater of operation in Iraq.

I hope you received the unit patch I left with the security officer as a small token of my appreciation. The patch represents the 90th Infantry Division, now the 90th Regional Readiness Command. The name comes, of course, from the blood-red T-0 insignia of the division, which on D-Day meant Texas and Oklahoma, but today stands for "Tough 'Ombres” for the heroism and gallantry at war.

The men who first wore that patch fought for fifty-three consecutive days. They landed among the first at Normandy, took the staggering blows of the prepared German might, and came back with even more decisive blows of their own to sweep across France and onto "Hitler's front porch." When B Battery of the 915th Field Artillery fired its fifty-thousandth rounds at the enemy from the same gun that had fired the first, the shell bore the words, "To Adolf with love from T-O." We're proud to say we'll continued that tradition during our deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Thanks again for everything. And we look forward to the pictures.