By: RJ Kaminski
“Many service members are limited on what they can take with them for an overseas tour,”said Colonel Mike Sullivan. “Having a resource like Operation Baggataway is tremendous for all of us deployed around the world or even within the United States.”
Sullivan, otherwise known as “Sully,” was stationed in Baumholder near Ramstein Air Force base in 2012. Sticks, helmets and balls collected from Operation Baggataway were sent directly to their base so that troops stationed there could enjoy the game during downtime. But it wasn’t just American troops enjoying the equipment.
“We were a lacrosse team consisting of both United States military members AND German civilians (called the Lumberjacks!)…all brought together by the love of lacrosse,” Sullivan said.
Kaiserslautern is home to Ramstein Air Base, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and thousands of US service members of all branches and their family. “Without OP Baggataway many of those US service members wouldn’t have had that chance to make what has become lifelong friendships through lacrosse.”
Some of Sullivan’s friends are pictured below. All of the equipment below (being used by troops and German civilians alike) was donated by the proud supporters of Operation Baggataway. Find out how you can donate equipment HERE.