Country music star Brantley Gilbert makes a special visit to Aviano AFB, Italy. (Photo by Beth Caporaletti)
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PHOTOS: Country Singer Gilbert Begins First USO Tour in Italy

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Troops and military families stationed at Aviano Air Base in Italy recently gathered to spend some quality time together at a USO concert featuring one of today’s hottest country music artists Brantley Gilbert.


As part of his eight-day USO tour, Gilbert visited troops at Italy's Aviano Air Base on March 20 (pictured at left), as well as troops deployed to Camp Buehring, Camp Arifjan and the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing in Kuwait. In total, Gilbert delivered goodness and a touch of home to approximately 3,000 troops and military families.


Gilbert, a USO first-timer and reigning Academy of Country Music (ACM) New Male Vocalist of the Year, saw hundreds of troops and military families in Italy before heading out to perform three more USO shows for troops stationed in Kuwait.


"My first USO tour was a humbling experience," Brantley said. "Being able to spend time with the men and women who serve our country and their families meant so much to me."


Brantley said: "Knowing that I was able to take their minds off all the things they are missing back home, even if just for a few hours, is something that means a lot to me."

* For more images of Brantley Gilbert, go to our Flickr set. And check out more photos on Aviano AFB's Flickr set, as well. 

(Photos by Beth Caporaletti for the USO / Produced by Christian Pelusi) 

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