Gophers Inner Circle: Coach J Robinson Reflects on His Experience in Kuwait

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Head Coach J Robinson aka "Salty Dog 6" has returned from Kuwait, after helping out with some US troops. Robinson spent a total of nine days overseas, which included his traveling time. He primarily was with the 1st Brigade Combat Team 34th Infantry Division 'Red Bulls'.

This was the second time coach Robinson made the trip, his last was in 2009, right around this time. Robinson says the overall purpose about going over there, was to thank the troops in person and spend some time with them.

"The biggest thing is being able to put your boots on the ground with them," Robinson said. "I wanted to hang out with them and thank them in person. It is different when you go over and thank them over there in person."

40 years ago Robinson was serving over in Vietnam and he made a note that when people came over to talk to you, it really helps breaking things up.

"You lose track of days over there," Robinson said. "It is important to hear the message from different voices."

While in Kuwait, coach spent different session talking with troops in seminars, giving small wrestling clinics, singed autographs and even stepped foot inside a A Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle (MRAP), which is the United States Marine Corps in use by the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, and Special Operations Forces with the goal of surviving IED attacks and ambushes.

He wanted to eat, sleep and all that stuff, just like the troops. He wanted to be one the guys.

Coach is back in the wrestling office and ready to get things underway for the 2011-12 season. Check out the photos that were taken in Kuwait as well as a little video highlight. 

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