I had a unique opportunity last month to go on a trip to visit some of our United States troops in the Middle East in conjunction with the USO organization and the National Cartoonists Society (NCS). Together with 8 of my friends and colleagues, we traveled to military bases in Kuwait, Djibouti, and Turkey to draw for our soldiers and thank them for putting their lives on the line every day in some pretty unforgiving conditions not only for us, but for the people native to those regions.
Over the next few posts, I plan to share with you some pictures and tales acquired from the ten life changing days spent in August 2015 with our troops. Sweaty cartoonists will be a recurring theme.
Once in Kuwait, for our own safety our movements were restricted to transportation to and from our hotel and three military bases we were there to visit. We had a security detail with us at all times which kind of made you feel safe, but also it made you feel like you were always in danger.
Besides our scheduled drawing sessions and meals with the troops, we had opportunities to meet with soldiers just to talk to them and hear about what it is they do. This stop was to meet the local hazmat team.
More to come from Kuwait tomorrow in my next post!