PHOTOS: Country Star Pickler Brings Jolly Good Times to Deployed Troops for Holidays
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Kellie Pickler has prided herself on her
commitment to our military and more specifically, to the USO. Since 2007, the country music star has participated in seven USO tours and 75 USO Entertainment events, quickly
becoming a performer who is synonymous with the USO’s mission of lifting the
spirits of troops and their families.
For this holiday season, Pickler is bringing the
USO’s Every Moment Counts campaign to deployed troops by spending nine days with servicemen and women stationed in two
countries, delivering holiday cheer, glad tidings and special presents. So far,
Pickler has visited Forward Operating Bases Walton, Pasab, Lindsey and Simmons in the Middle East while also accompanying the USO
Christmas Convoy, which delivers hundreds of gifts annually to some of the
most remote parts of those countries. Along with the customary meet-and-greets, Pickler is treating the troops to five USO shows and a visit to a military hospital. (See more photos of the visit on our Flickr set.)
Kellie Pickler performed a USO show for troops stationed at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan on Christmas Day.
Pickler got pumped up while putting on a show for the servicemen and women at Kandahar Airfield.
Pickler chatted with a service member during a USO meet-and-greet at Forward Operating Base Walton in Afghanistan on Dec. 23.
Pickler made "every moment count" with troops during her USO performance at FOB Walton.
Pickler took a group photo with troops and her band with the gang from FOB Walton as an energetic backdrop.
Kellie Pickler took time out to chat with an airman from the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing on a C130 in the Middle East on Dec. 21.
“This tour has been incredible so far and I’m honored to be back in the Middle East, visiting and performing for troops, and bringing some much-needed cheer to all of those who are away from their loved ones this holiday,” Pickler said.
Ho, Ho, Ho: While on a walking tour of the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing, Pickler bumped into Santa and Elf on Dec. 21.
Pickler and her band performed for the troops on Dec. 21.
“I’ve been looking forward to this trip since I returned home from my last USO tour. It’s been great to be a part of the USO’s Every Moment Counts campaign for this tour,” Pickler said.
Pickler introduced her band members to the troops: From left to right, David Baker, Jack Gorman (not visible), Gregory Lohman, Kyle Stallons and husband/producer Kyle Jacobs.
* See more images from Kellie Pickler's tour on our Flickr set.
(First five USO photos by Eric Raum. Last four photos courtesy of SrA Desiree Moye of the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing. Produced by Christian Pelusi)
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