By Sandi Gohn
USO tour veterans are a special group of people. But double-digit USO tour veterans like Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine are few and far between.
A 10-year veteran of the British Royal Navy and a passionate supporter of the military community, Irvine first began touring with the USO in 2015. Since then, he’s been on at least a dozen tours around the world and has entertained more than 20,000 service members.
“It’s important for me to come and do these tours not only to support the men and women who wear the cloth of our nation … [but because] we are creating memories for these guys and girls to remember for the rest of their life,” Irvine said.
On September 12, Irvine will join hit country duo Florida Georgia Line and actor-comedian Adam Devine for a once-in-a-lifetime performance on the World’s Biggest USO Tour. Go to USO.org/tour to sign up for updates and join an audience of thousands of service members, military families and USO supporters around the world for an amazing concert you don’t want to miss.
While each tour is different and unique, Irvine admits one of his favorite parts about touring often with the USO is the opportunity to entertain the same service members again in a different time and setting.
“When you come back again, and you do another tour and you see them again, it’s like a highlight for me,” he said.
Fresh off the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s 2018 Spring USO Tour, Irvine reflected on why he keeps coming back to entertain service members with the USO. Watch our video to find out what he had to say.