Story dated October 28, 2006 .

There are many places where you wouldn't expect to find a pinball game. But surely one of the strangest has to be in an Army mess, in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

But that's where this World Poker Tour game has ended up thanks to Stern Pinball.

The company recently gave the machine to the the 41st Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron (EECS) who have been serving in Afghanistan since April 2004. They are currently based at Bagram Airfield which was where the World Poker Tour game was flown to, out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona.

Stern were contacted by Chief Master Sergeant David K. Metz who was looking for a way to creatively fill what downtime they have between patrols or missions.

He said "Without ever having a day off during their time here, the majority of their time is here at work with most putting in at least 12 hours a day. When they do have some downtime between missions or while the plane is flying, they play ping-pong or cards or read a book…having something as exotic as a pinball machine has done wonders for morale and greatly help in making their time here more enjoyable. From all of us to all of you at Stern Pinball, thank you!


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