For the 6th time in the past 7 days, my dad spent the night on an overnight bus.  He started in Cleveland, then traveled to Pittsburgh, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, back to New York & arrived in DC this morning.  His travel schedule has been crazy, but my dad says “getting to see the smiles on all the Warriors faces makes it all worth it!”

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As the sun began to rise, my dad’s bus pulled into our nation’s Capital. He spent the morning touring the Washington monument and a few of the awesome Smithsonian museums.  

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If you have never been to DC before, put it on your bucket list!  It’s an awesome place filled with history.  Every Smithsonian museum has free admission & they are all amazing!  The Americans at war exhibit is one of our favorites. 

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The exhibit takes you chronologically through the history of America’s military.  From the Colonial era to recent conflicts.  More than 800 artifacts, images & interactive stations show how we have fought to establish our independence, determine our borders, shape our values of freedom and define our role in the worlds affairs.  It’s a humbling experience and one not to miss!

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My dad also made sure to stop by the White House.  A police escort arrived while my dad was outside.

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Today we were honored to be hosting Army SGT Christopher Custer & his family at the Washington Capitals game.  

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My dad set up lunch with our guests at the Greene Turtle which is adjacent to the Verizon Center – home of the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards. 

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He met up with SGT Chris Custer, along with his wife Ann Marie and 5 year old daughter around 4pm at the Greene Turtle. Upon arrival, my dad said It was very clear they were big Capitals fans as they were all wearing Caps jerseys.  

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We have been trying to host Christopher for close to a year now, as both his wife and his mom, had nominated him to see Cavs when they were in DC last season. SGT Custer is a big Lebron James fan as well as Capitals, and TJ Oshie fan!

We want to thank Leoni & the Green Turtle for hosting us for dinner before the game.  The Greene Turtle says is more than a sports bar and grille.  They believe in being a community hangout for all ages. They serve great food & drinks in a fun, casual atmosphere built on the excitement & unity of sports.  It’s located right by the stadium making it the perfect place to go before & after Caps & Wizards games!  

SGT Custer & his family enjoyed picking out their New Era “Caps” caps.  

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After dinner, my dad walked the Custer family to the stadium & got a few pictures before they headed inside to watch the Blue Jackets take on the Capitals.  They wanted to get in the stadium early so they could go down by the ice to take a family photo and watch the players warm up.  

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The game itself started out slow as both teams went scoreless in the first 2 periods.  In the 3rd each team scored and forced the game to overtime.  Unfortunately for SGT Custer & his family, the Capitals lost 2-1 in a shootout. 

Despite the loss, they all had a great time & we were honored to finally meet Chris and have the opportunity to host him and his family at the Capitals game. We look forward to hosting him at a Cavs game down the road.  

Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank The Green Turtle for providing a delicious pregame meal & New Era for providing Capitals caps!  

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TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

Most importantly, we want to thank SGT Custer for his service and sacrifices!  

After the game, I told my dad he should have just joined the Blue Jackets on their team plane to Columbus.  Lol, but instead he will be hopping on another overnight bus tonight to Columbus to make Warrior Wishes come true at our first ever Blue Jackets game!  He also plans on cheering on the USA Warriors hockey team in Columbus tomorrow night.  Stay tuned for more details!

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MEET ARMY WARRIOR CHRISTOPHER CUSTER

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My name is SGT Christopher Custer I enlisted into the Army in November 2005 as a Cavalry Scout. I deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom 5 in 2007 with 5-7 Cavalry Squadron, 3rd Infantry Division out of Ft. Stewart Georgia. In 2010 I changed my MOS to information technology and deployed over to South Korea in 2010-2012. I served in Korea with the 36th Signal Battalion out of Camp Walker, South Korea. In 2013 I changed my MOS to Military Police where I was stationed at West Point as a Military Police officer. In 2015 I deployed to Korea with the 557th Military Police Company out of Camp Humphrey’s, South Korea. My award included the Army Commendation Medal (2), Iraqi Campaign Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (3), Overseas Service Medal (2), Korean Service Medal and the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by President Obama. I was honorable discharged out of the Army in October 2016, I am currently working for the Department of the Army. I am supported by my wife Ann Marie Custer and 3 daughters, Christine Custer, Rhobie Biares and Michal Biares.