Here in Nevada Athletics, our department motto is "One Community, One Pack." It is not just a slogan, but the mantra we try to live by every day as we serve our student-athletes, coaches, teams, university partners, sponsors, donors and fans.
Today is another great reminder of just what "One Community, One Pack" means and of the impact Wolf Pack Athletics can have, even thousands of miles from northern Nevada.
We received the following letter from First Lieutenant Jacob Ingebritson of Midvale, Utah. He sent it to us from Shindand Air Base in Afghanistan. Rather than try to paraphrase his amazing letter, we thought we would share it in its entirety below.
We truly appreciate everything that our brave servicemen and women are doing around the world to protect us and hope you enjoy this letter as much as we did.
One Community, One Pack!
"Dear Cary Groth,
My name is Jacob Ingebritson; I am a platoon leader with Bravo Company, 1-211th Aviation Regiment, Task Force Storm, Shindand Air Base, Afghanistan. I am writing on behalf of some of the soldiers of my platoon. I am truly honored to be their platoon leader; they perform marvelously while being subjected to the unforgiving conditions of combat. It is a privilege to be a part of such an honorable group of soldiers.
Watching games on American Forces Network (AFN), streaming the games on the internet (if the bandwidth here allows) or watching taped games by family members is one of the few reprieves we get from the harsh conditions of being deployed. Many of my fellow soldiers, me included, are big Wolf Pack fans. We make every effort to watch or listen to as many Wolf Pack games as possible, which is as close as we can get to feeling like we are not in a combat zone. The games are the highlight of our time here for many of us due to the camaraderie amongst soldiers and the pure enjoyment of sports. It is the closest feeling we have to being back home with friends and family watching a game. Also, during these games is one of the few times we are allowed to wear something other than our issued uniform, albeit for only a few hours.
When I first joined my unit, I was the only Wolf Pack fan to be found. I have been a Wolf Pack fan for as long as I can remember. Some of my most beloved memories are the time I spent with my father watching, listening or talking about Wolf Pack games or players. Over time, I slowly started to convert as many as possible, with determination and perseverance I won over a devoted group of soldiers.
Below you will find a picture of the Buccaneers; there are a total of 50 of us here in Shindand. Out of the 50 of us, there are a total of 15 Wolf Pack fans that watch as many games as possible, myself included.
I am standing just to the left of the flag, with my arms crossed. We are standing with one of our AH-64D Apache Longbow Attack Helicopters. I am humbled to be a member of this group of soldiers.
There is nothing quite like the atmosphere of a Wolf Pack football game, from the fans, to the boisterous student section, to the passion the players bring to each and every play. I am proud to be a Nevada Wolf Pack fan! Please know there are a group of devoted, passionate Wolf Pack fans here in Afghanistan.
As our deployment comes to an end, please know that the time we spent together enjoying Wolf Pack games are some of the most cherished and valued memories we will have from Afghanistan. By the time this letter reaches you, we will be back in the United States after a full year of being deployed. Thank you for making our deployment endurable.
On behalf of the Bravo Company "Buccaneers," thank you for your time and all the very best to the Nevada Wolf Pack!
1LT Jacob Ingebritson"