Summit Racing Equipment and Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE) have announced the itinerary for 2013’s Operation Appreciation, an annual visit by Summit Racing and Harley-Davidson racers to American troops stationed overseas. The trip is scheduled for Nov. 18-22.
After three years of visiting American personnel based in Europe, Operation Appreciation will be going to the Middle East to visit troops in Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain.
“We’re looking forward to this year’s trip,” said Jim Greenleaf, Summit Racing motorsports and events manager. “Our troops in this part of the world work right next door to areas of conflict like Syria and Afghanistan, and in an environment that most of them have not experienced before. We hope bringing them a little slice of home will let these people know that they are appreciated.”
The trip is again made possible by the Army Special Forces Association Chapter 64 and is being led by the SFA’s Sfc (retired) Wayne Reed.
Summit Racing drivers Greg Anderson (NHRA Pro Stock), Jason Line (NHRA Pro Stock), and Dan Runte (Summit Racing/Bigfoot monster truck) have been on several of these trips and always look forward to visiting the troops.
“This is my fifth visit, and every year, I look forward to the opportunity to thank our troops in person for everything they do for our country,” said Line. “Really, it’s a big deal and an incredible honor. We bring a little bit of home to them and thank them for all that they have done and continue to do for us. I’m definitely looking forward to it.”
“This year, we have the opportunity to go somewhere we’ve never been before,” said Anderson. “I’m certainly looking forward to seeing the troops. They tell us this is a morale boost for them, but believe me, it does just as much for us. This is really something special for us, and it’s something we look forward to each and every year.”
“Our troops spend so much time away from their families and friends protecting all of us at home,” said Runte. “Anything we can do to show them that we appreciate their sacrifice is time and effort well spent.”
This year’s trip is the second for Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines riders Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines.
“For me, this trip is a way to repay the troops a little bit by saying thank you and letting them know that I appreciate what they do,” said Krawiec. “It’s something small, but it’s neat to be able to do that for them and put a smile on their faces.”
“It’s an honor to be included in Summit Racing’s Operation Appreciation,” said Hines. “I'm looking forward to meeting with some of our American heroes and spending time with them. I know many of our troops are also supporters of NHRA, and it’s pretty special to be able to bring them a little excitement while they're so far from home.”