Grammy-nominated rapper Paul Wall. (Photo credit: Mike Clifton)
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PHOTOS: Rapper Paul Wall Brings the Beat to U.S. Bases in Soutwest Asia

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Grammy-nominated rapper Paul Wall recently took his talents to the Middle East to entertain American troops based in the Southwest Asia theater.

Wall shoehorned signing autographs and posing for photos between putting on five, high-energy USO shows in three countries in eight days.


Hip-hop artist Paul Wall brings members from the 380th Expeditionary Wing on stage during his USO concert on Jan. 18. The tour is Wall's fifth with the USO.


Wall enjoys the best kind of "dog day afternoon" as he poses with U.S. Air Force Dog Handlers Sr. Airman Stephen Rivera from San Antonio (left) and his dog Ema and Staff Sgt. Leon Daniel of Victorville, Calif., and his dog, Mink.


"My family is the most important thing to me and being apart from them, for any amount of time, is always hard," Wall said. "I can't imagine how it must be for our troops. Most of them haven’t seen their family in months, that’s why I make it a point to go on tour with the USO whenever I can. Our troops need to know that we appreciate them."


Metal to metal: Wall and Air Force 1st Lt. Loren Hulen from Germantown, Md.


Rapper, meet Baker: Wall poses with U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Ryann Baker from Hershey, Pa.

 * Find more images of the Paul Wall and the troops on our Flickr set. 

USO Photos by Mike Clifton / Produced by Christian Pelusi 

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