Pictured: U.S. military personnel in charge of flying the KC-135 plane for the Coaches Tour 2010.
Tim Murphy, the Thomas Stephenson Head Coach for Harvard Football, is embarking on a week-long journey overseas to speak with men and women of the United States military as part of the Coaches Tour 2010. The purpose of the trip is to essentially provide service men and women with a break from the rigors of active duty while providing a temporary outlet of something sports-related.
Murphy is joined on the trip by Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, Illinois coach Ron Zook, Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville and West Point head coach Rich Ellerson. Murphy and Kelly were recently guest lecturers at the USC Coach of the Year Clinic at The Galen Center Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif.
Murphy is contributing periodic updates about the trip and the second installment is below.
After being issued our flak jackets, body armor and helmets our group left McConnell AFB with “wheels up” at 01400. Our destination was the Rhamstein Air Force Base in Germany and specifically Landstuhl Medical Hospital, which treats severely injured military personnel.
Germany is a seven-hour time difference from Kansas so group members immediately changed watches and time pieces to German time on the plane. It was suggested that we try to relax and make our bodies believe that it's bed time in order to arrive refreshed. Easier said than done, believe me.
We arrived at 8 a.m. German time which is 2 a.m. Eastern time. Although tired, we immediately got to work meeting and greeting people at the hospital. Several hours into our stay, we hosted a luncheon for wounded troops at the USO Wounded Warriors Center. Meeting with the severely wounded soldiers was inspirational to me because, despite the injuries and amputations, those soldiers still have an astounding resiliency and resolve in finding a way to get back to their teammates.
The medical work "down range" is statistically amazing. Regardless of the injury suffered in the field, U.S. medical personnel save 98 percent of those whom have a pulse at the time that treatment begins. Simply amazing.