I had a very cool opportunity to take a trip to Denver to visit the Loaf Love Tour a couple weeks ago (my usual spot with the Tillamook crew is behind a desk near Portland). While I was there we did all the fun stuff you hear about all the time: an appearance on a local television station, store events and even an event at the Denver Zoo. However, my favorite day was when the Loaf Love Tour and I had the pleasure of visiting The Air Force Academy, Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force Base.
Being from Oregon and having lived here my whole life, it’s an infrequent event to see a military person and their family (Oregon only has about 900 active duty military personnel in the whole state). It would be an understatement to say that this was an eye opening and truly moving day. We talked to some of the kindest and most genuine people I have ever met, had a chance to share the Tillamook story with them, and were able to offer them coupons to buy some Tillamook Cheese!
Through my brother-in-law (an officer in the Air Force) I have come to understand and respect the sacrifices the Military Personnel give every single day. They leave their homes to go to bases far away, then leave those homes to go to bases even further away; all the while, sacrificing their lives and freedoms to protect ours. Wow.
This is why I want to send a heartfelt thank you to the folks at The Air Force Academy, Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force Base for their willingness to allow us on base and their hospitality while we were there. It was honor to bring some cheese your way!
~ Matt of the Tillamook Team