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Country Star Atkins Returns From 'Amazing' USO Tour

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Country singer/songwriter Rodney Atkins returned to the states this week after visiting troops stationed in Kuwait and Afghanistan as part of a week-long USO Entertainment tour. This was Atkins first USO tour and he made the most of his seven days with America's deployed military members.

Atkins, whose recordings include six No. 1 hits including "Take A Back Road," "These Are My People," "If You're Going Through Hell," "Cleaning This Gun," "Watching You," and "It's America" visited eight military bases and performed six formal USO shows, as well as several unplugged performances for wounded soldiers and servicemen and women unable to leave their posts.

Atkins also posed for photos, signed autographs and lifted the spirits of more than 3,400 service members stationed at Camp Buehring, Camp Arifjan, Camp Leatherneck and Kandahar Air Field. Additionally, he made trips to some of the most remote forward operating bases in Afghanistan.

"I can't say enough about how amazing my USO tour to the Middle East was," Atkins said. "From all of the skilled and brave service men and women I met to the warm reception I received throughout my time downrange. I learned a lot, had a great experience and, most importantly, made a lot of memories. I can’t wait to go back out again and extend my thanks."

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(Photo caption: Second from left, Rodney Atkins shows off a new patch given to him by his new friends.) 

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