BOSTON, MA – Last week the Boston Bruins made a historic trip to visit Fort Bragg in North Carolina, becoming the first NHL team to take a USO-sponsored tour of a U.S. Military Base. Fort Bragg is the nation’s largest military base by population (52,000 soldiers) and second-largest by size (160,000 acres). With the guidance of the USO of North Carolina, Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller
and former Bruins blueliner Hal Gill
and goalie Andrew Raycroft
toured the facilities and met with many of the base’s service men and women.
During their stay, the Bruins had the opportunity to experience what it is like to be in the field. The players have learned how to conduct missions while controlling virtual Humvees and helicopters in various scenarios in different parts of the world, received a lesson on how to pack parachutes with the 11th QM Parachute Packing Platoon, trained with Green Berets from the 3rd Special Forces Group, toured Apache helicopters with aviators and crew chiefs of 1/82 ARB Wolfpack, visited the Iron Mike statue (symbol for Ft. Bragg) and met with service men and women at the Warrior Transition Battalion. In addition to their tour, Miller, Gill and Raycroft hosted a hockey clinic for Cape Fear Youth Hockey and participated in an adult hockey scrimmage at Fort Bragg’s Cleland Ice Skating Rink.
A photo gallery of the visit can be found here.
The Fort Bragg tour was designed as a way for the Bruins organization to give back to some of our nation’s service men and women while also offering a unique opportunity for Bruins players to see the inner workings of one of the world’s most prestigious military organizations.
About the USO of North Carolina
The USO of North Carolina strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. Founded in 1941, the USO of NC is a nonprofit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of North Carolinians to support its programs and services. The USO of NC serves the fourth largest military population in the U.S., touching more than 575,000 lives annually, helping our service members and their families through education, wellness, transition assistance and resiliency programs across the state. Combined Federal Campaign donors have joined thousands of individual donors, our travel partner American Airlines, Bank of America, Cannon Foundation, Circle K, Community Coffee, Harris Teeter, Kangaroo Express, Lenovo, Marine Federal Credit Union, Walmart and other corporate partners to support the USO of NC and our service members. For more information visit www.uso-nc.org and to donate, visit https://uso-nc.org/donate-now/ CFC #29349 SECC #3628