PHOTOS: NASCAR Sprint Cup Stars Keselowski, Logano Visit Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on USO Tour
Thursday, December 15, 2011
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski brought holiday cheer, smiles and good times to troops and their families on NASCAR-USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during their NASCAR-USO visit Dec. 12-14.
The tour of Guantanamo Bay was part of an ongoing partnership between NASCAR and the USO to strengthen a connection between the military and motorsports in an effort to help boost the morale of U.S. troops and their families stationed around the world.
Marine Lance Corporal Adam Langer of Chetek, Wisc. unknowingly is put in the holiday spirit with some reindeer antlers from fellow Marine, Corporal Edward Sowinski of Haverhill, Mass. as they pose with motorsports stars Joey Logano, left, and Brad Keselowski during a NASCAR-USO meet and greet in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on Dec. 13.
Logano smiles as U.S. Navy HM3 Chris Spencer trades autographs during a NASCAR-USO meet and greet at U. S. Naval Hospital in Guantanamo Bay.
"It was awesome to learn more about Guantanamo Bay and what the mission is down there and how it works," Logano said. "It was great to meet and talk to the troops and it was one heck of an experience. We get to see a lot of troops at the race track, but to see them in action and doing their jobs. ... I am so impressed and have such a high amount of respect for each and every one of them and what they do."
Keselowski signs a wall of thanks in a dining facility in Guantanamo Bay.
"This was a once in a lifetime experience and I am so glad to be a part of it," Keselowski said. "I hope to go back on another USO Tour. After meeting the men and women in Guantanamo Bay, I cannot imagine the sacrifices and experiences they have to go through during their time there. It was an amazing experience and I am so grateful that I was invited to go."
Keselowski and Logano sign autographs for U.S. Air Force Senior Airman James Young of Los Angeles, Calif.
Keselowski and Logano take to the high seas on a boat tour of Guantanamo Bay. U.S. Navy MASN Zachary Cooney of Ferndal, Calif. is one of their guides.
Logano and Keselowski pose for a photo with U. S. Navy MA3 Brock Rowe from Greene, N.Y.
USO Photos by Mike Clifton
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