Pro wrestlers visit MND-B

By Staff Sgt. Jon Cupp, MND-B PAOMarch 23, 2009

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Wrestling fan and Kempner, Texas native, Sgt. 1st Class Donald Vess (second from left), an intelligence noncommissioned officer with the 1st Cavalry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad meets with professional wresting greats (from the left) Brian "Nasty Boy" Knobs, Jimmy "Mouth of the South" Hart and Greg "The Hammer" Valentine on Camp Liberty March 21. As soon as he heard the wrestlers were visiting, Vess ran into his office, grabbed his replica of a wrestling title belt that hangs on his wall and joined in for a picture with his idols. The wrestling stars are visiting Soldiers throughout Iraq in a Morale, Welfare and Recreation program-sponsored tour.
1 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Wrestling fan and Kempner, Texas native, Sgt. 1st Class Donald Vess (second from left), an intelligence noncommissioned officer with the 1st Cavalry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad meets with professional wresting greats (from the left) Brian "Nasty Boy" Knobs, Jimmy "Mouth of the South" Hart and Greg "The Hammer" Valentine on Camp Liberty March 21. As soon as he heard the wrestlers were visiting, Vess ran into his office, grabbed his replica of a wrestling title belt that hangs on his wall and joined in for a picture with his idols. The wrestling stars are visiting Soldiers throughout Iraq in a Morale, Welfare and Recreation program-sponsored tour. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Jon Cupp, MND-B PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL
CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Dallas native, Spc. William Hart (center), an intelligence analyst with the 1st Cavalry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, who grew up watching wrestling, visits with wrestling legends, Jimmy "Mouth of the South" Hart (left) and Brian "Nasty Boy" Knobs, March 21 at Camp Liberty. The young Soldier said he was thrilled by the opportunity to meet the wrestling stars and honored that they took their time to visit troops stationed in Iraq. The visit was made possible by the Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation program which sponsors the "Legends and Divas of Wrestling Tour."
2 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Dallas native, Spc. William Hart (center), an intelligence analyst with the 1st Cavalry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, who grew up watching wrestling, visits with wrestling legends, Jimmy "Mouth of the South" Hart (left) and Brian "Nasty Boy" Knobs, March 21 at Camp Liberty. The young Soldier said he was thrilled by the opportunity to meet the wrestling stars and honored that they took their time to visit troops stationed in Iraq. The visit was made possible by the Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation program which sponsors the "Legends and Divas of Wrestling Tour." (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Jon Cupp, MND-B PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL
CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Wrestling stars, So Cal Val (second from left), Greg "The Hammer" Valentine (second from right) and Traci Brooks (right) talk with Sgt. 1st Class Raoul Rodriguez, a provost marshal office operations noncommissioned officer, who hails from Killeen, Texas March 21 at Camp Liberty. As a way to start up conversation with his wrestling idols, Rodriguez brought out his yellow cheat, a plush toy that Rodriguez has brought with him on three separate deployments to Iraq and as a joke, each of the stars took their turn at punching Rodriguez's yellow good luck charm. The wrestlers now join the ranks of other famous stars to include Robin Williams, John Elway and CNN's Anderson Cooper who have taken their pictures with Rodriguez and his good luck charm.
3 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Wrestling stars, So Cal Val (second from left), Greg "The Hammer" Valentine (second from right) and Traci Brooks (right) talk with Sgt. 1st Class Raoul Rodriguez, a provost marshal office operations noncommissioned officer, who hails from Killeen, Texas March 21 at Camp Liberty. As a way to start up conversation with his wrestling idols, Rodriguez brought out his yellow cheat, a plush toy that Rodriguez has brought with him on three separate deployments to Iraq and as a joke, each of the stars took their turn at punching Rodriguez's yellow good luck charm. The wrestlers now join the ranks of other famous stars to include Robin Williams, John Elway and CNN's Anderson Cooper who have taken their pictures with Rodriguez and his good luck charm. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Jon Cupp, MND-B PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL
CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad jumped at the chance to have their photos taken with professional wrestling stars SoCal Val (center) and Traci Brooks (right) at Camp Liberty, Iraq March 21. The two stars, along with three others, visited as part of the "Legends and Divas of Wrestling Tour" sponsored by the Army's Morale Welfare and Recreation program. Brooks said it was an honor to visit with Soldiers who are serving their country in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
4 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad jumped at the chance to have their photos taken with professional wrestling stars SoCal Val (center) and Traci Brooks (right) at Camp Liberty, Iraq March 21. The two stars, along with three others, visited as part of the "Legends and Divas of Wrestling Tour" sponsored by the Army's Morale Welfare and Recreation program. Brooks said it was an honor to visit with Soldiers who are serving their country in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Jon Cupp, MND-B PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL
CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - While joking around with wrestling stars, Bronx, N.Y. native Spc. Chris Vickers (center), who works for the 1st Cavalry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad plans and operations section, gets a play choke hold from professional wrestler Brian "Nasty Boy" Knobs March 21 at Camp Liberty, Iraq. Other wrestling stars pictured (from left to right) are Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, SoCal Val, Traci Brooks and Jimmy "Mouth of the South" Hart. The stars paid a visit to MND-B troops as part of their "Legends and Divas of Wrestling Tour" in which they sign autographs and take photos while meeting Soldiers serving throughout the area of operations in Iraq.
5 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - While joking around with wrestling stars, Bronx, N.Y. native Spc. Chris Vickers (center), who works for the 1st Cavalry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad plans and operations section, gets a play choke hold from professional wrestler Brian "Nasty Boy" Knobs March 21 at Camp Liberty, Iraq. Other wrestling stars pictured (from left to right) are Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, SoCal Val, Traci Brooks and Jimmy "Mouth of the South" Hart. The stars paid a visit to MND-B troops as part of their "Legends and Divas of Wrestling Tour" in which they sign autographs and take photos while meeting Soldiers serving throughout the area of operations in Iraq. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Jon Cupp, MND-B PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL