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(L-R) Three members of the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, actor Dennis Haysbert, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral James A. Winnefeld (center), actor Anthony Anderson, TV and motion picture personality Wee Man, artists Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young and baseball legend Randy Johnson (back row, far R) pose for a photo before heading out on their USO tour. (USO Photo by Fred Greaves)
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PHOTOS: Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Takes Entertainers on his First USO Tour

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Setting out on his first USO Tour, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral James A. "Sandy" Winnefeld Jr. along with actors Anthony Anderson and Dennis Haysbert, legendary baseball pitcher Randy Johnson, American Idol alumni Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young, motion picture and TV personality Wee Man and three of the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders are out to entertain and meet with our troops in the Middle East. Already having visited hundreds of troops and their families in Italy, the group is making their way around various bases to bring smiles to our service men and women across Europe and the Middle East.

* See more images on our Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Tour Flickr set. 

Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr., Vice Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff 

Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr. extends his thanks to troops on the first stop of his Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs USO tour.

 “The men and women who serve in our nation’s military do so at a great cost. They put their lives on the line at a moment’s notice and leave behind the comforts of home, without hesitation, to live in some extreme and harsh conditions. This trip gives us a chance to bring our troops a touch of home at a time when they are furthest from it, and more importantly, reminds them that America is thankful for their service. As Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff I am grateful for this opportunity to team up with the USO and an amazing cast of talent,” stated Admiral Winnefeld Jr. 

Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders Ally Traylor (2nd l), Helsi Reich (c ) and Brittany Evans (3rd r) pose for a photo in front of an F16 with service members in Italy during the first stop of a USO tour led by Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr. 

Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders Ally Taylor (2nd L), Kelsi Reich (C) and Brittany Evans (3rd R) pose for a photo in front of an F16 with service members in Italy during the first stop of a USO tour led by Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr. 

“It’s because of the men and women who defend this country and our freedoms that I am able to follow my dreams and take part in this USO tour.  There aren’t enough words to express how grateful I am for all that they and their families sacrifice,” said Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader Ally Taylor.

Movie and TV personality Wee Man shares a personal message with troops and military families in Italy as part of his first USO tour 

Movie and TV personality Wee Man shares a personal message with troops and military families in Italy as part of his first USO tour.

“I do a lot of crazy stunts, it’s how I make my living and I love it.  But being on this USO tour and seeing the role our troops play in keeping us safe is humbling.  To do what they do every day, shows that they have a passion for their profession that most of us will never know,” said Wee Man.

(L-R) Three members of the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, actor Dennis Haysbert, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral James A. Winnefeld (center), actor Anthony Anderson, TV and motion picture personality Wee Man, artists Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young and baseball legend Randy Johnson (back row far r) pose for a photo before heading out on their USO tour.  

(L-R) Three members of the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, actor Dennis Haysbert, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral James A. Winnefeld (C), actor Anthony Anderson, TV and motion picture personality Wee Man, artists Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young and baseball legend Randy Johnson (back row far R) pose for a photo before heading out on their USO tour.  

“The USO is proud to partner with Admiral Winnefeld and these great celebrity volunteers to let our troops know how much we appreciate them.  Our deployed troops are sacrificing so much for us, and this tour sends a very clear message that their service is greatly appreciated,” shared Sloan Gibson, USO President and CEO.

 * Find more images of the Vice Chairman, entertainers and the troops on our Flickr set. 

USO Photos by Fred Greaves / Produced by Hee Suk Ko 

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