[caption id=“attachment_5354” align=“aligncenter” width=“500” caption=“Blake Sheldon at the second annual Academy of Country Music/USO concert event at Nellis Air Force Base April 2, 2011. (USO Photo by Fred Greaves)”][/caption]The Academy of Country Music and the USO partnered for the second time to provide a free concert to military members and their families at Nellis Air Force Base on April 2.

The second annual event featured ACM Awards Co-Host Blake Shelton and many country music artists, including Montgomery Gentry, Little Big Town, Craig Morgan, Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge and Sunny Sweeney. Storme Warren, host of Great American Country’s “Headline Country,” emceed.

“We can’t do enough to convey our thanks to our troops and their families for all they do to protect the freedoms we, as Americans, enjoy daily,” said John Pray, USO’s senior vice president of entertainment and programs. “Lifting spirits is what the USO is all about and we are honored to be collaborating with the Academy of Country Music and the incredible team at Nellis Air Force Base for the second consecutive year to help host another morale-boosting concert featuring some of country music’s most talented artists. This is a very special event.” [slideshow]