As a Platoon SGT in a combat zone, you have to be creative in finding ways for your soldiers to decompress and find a little down time, to keep them focused on the job at hand. I found a company that has aided me in this endeavor. BYOPT and the people at Tables for Troops supported us in building a racetrack poker table shown here and let me tell you what an impact it has had on my Platoon. We host nightly games in our MWR Bunker that we have constructed.
I first signed in to the Forum on the website that I found one night tooling for ideas that my soldiers might like, and posted my intention on building a table. It wasn’t a few days and I had an email from Tom offering to help me with this project. I discussed with him my ideas for an Artillery Table, with Artillery colors and he was all to eager to make our table happen. Within 7-10 days we received our supplies and went to work. As you can see by the picture it was a huge success. We downloaded the plans off of the webpage and 2 weeks later we have a finished product that we can be proud of, and as you can see well used.
All of us at Bravo Bulldogs would like to extend our extreme thanks to Tom and his Crew for bringing a bit of fun and relaxation to out isolated deployment, and keeping our home close to us, with a little taste of home. They are true supporters of the armed forces and we could not have asked for more, thank you again BYOPT.
SSG Stewart, B Btry, 2/32 FA, Afghanistan
To see all of the photos from the build, please visit the Bulldog Artillery Photos Page.