‘Let me take a selfie’: World Cup style

GOALLL!!!! Cheering, frustration, gripes and grumbles followed the German goal.

Everyone’s eyes were glued to the TV screens with the sound of the game pumping, people were gasping in excitement at every attempt on the goal, and I thought to myself, “This is so cool!”

I was hanging with friends at the Saber Sports Lounge watching the U.S. take on Germany while in Germany, in a pivotal World Cup match alongside both Americans and Germans. That’s when I asked myself, is this one of those #selfie moments?

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Alex Bushway (left), 52nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, traffic management journeyman from West Branch, Mich., takes a “selfie” with his co-workers, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ruben Lozano, 52nd LRS quality assurance technician, from Chicago, Ill., and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Scott Holmes, 52nd LRS cargo movement supervisor from Modesto, Calif., during the World Cup showing at the Saber Sports Lounge at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 26, 2014. The event brought local nationals and U.S. service members together to root on their nation’s team as Germany beat the U.S. 1-0.

Whether you like the popular “#selfie”-promoting song by The Chainsmokers or not, being overseas does lend itself to lots of opportunities including travel and experiencing moments that you can tell your friends about for the rest of your life. Going to the World Cup in Brazil? Priceless. The next best thing might be getting together with some of your rowdy friends and rooting on your team in another country–particularly, in the same country of your rival.

“It’s rare and I appreciate it,” explained U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. John Denny, 52nd Maintenance Group weapons load crew chief from Farmington Hills, Mich. “It’s a diverse experience.”

Sabers packed the place and some even took a selfie to remember an experience that not too many people get to experience.

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U.S. and German soccer fans gather to watch the World Cup match between the U.S. and Germany at the Saber Sports Lounge at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 26, 2014. Several base locations televised the game that ended in a 1-0 score in favor of Germany. Both teams advance to the next round.

I was just planning on watching it at home on the American Forces Network with my wife and two kids who would most likely not be as interested in the game as I would be, but then I thought, “how cool would it be to see it in the midst of several people I have something in common with? Not only is there a military family tie here, but we all hold the same love for our country, especially when bragging rights are on the line.

“It’s neat,” said U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Matt Alcala, 52nd MXG weapons load crew member from Navarre, Fla. “Especially in Germany, it’s really cool since German local nationals can come and enjoy the game with us.”

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. John Denny, 52nd Maintenance Group weapons load crew chief, takes a “selfie” with Senior Airman David Gondek, Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, while watching the U.S. soccer team play Germany at the Saber Sports Lounge at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 26, 2014. Several U.S. service members and German local national attendees showed their pride for their nation’s sports teams during the World Cup matchup.

So even though the game seemed uneventful and ended up with a low 1-0 score in favor of Germany, either way, the evening was definitely a selfie moment to commemorate a special instant in time. #Brazil2014 #selfie #worldcup2014

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