Sixteen active duty US military personnel are competing in the London 2012 games. But, they’re by no means the only American troops taking part in the games. Some 300 service members, stationed at UK Royal Air Forces bases, are getting to take part in the games from behind the scenes.
Captain Kurt Nemmer serves in the 501st Combat Support Wing. But, for the Olympics, he’s serving in an athlete support role as a volunteer. Prior to the Opening Ceremony he worked to make sure Team USA looked its best when it took the field in Olympic Stadium.
“We just have them try everything on,” he said. “If anything needs fitted, there’s a team of tailors that come in and adjust sizes. We’ll switch sizes and just work from there to make the team look the best they can for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.”
US troops stationed at RAF Stations Lakenheath, Mildehnal, Croughton, and Alconbury have been working with Team USA. Other roles they’ve been working in include team processing, hospitality and security.
“They have worked super hard, they get the job done, they’re organized, they listen to direction,” said Team USA Processing Director Katie Clifford. “They are just fabulous. I don’t think we could have pulled this off if we didn’t have the military with us.”