Fans are singing the praises of country music star Kellie Pickler, who recently brought a bit of holiday cheer to the troops overseas.
Photo above: Kellie Pickler sits in a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle simulator during a USO holiday tour stop at the Transit Center of Mansas, Kyrgyzstan. Photo Credit: U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class, Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
Pickler performs for troops aside back-up guitar players, her husband, Kyle Jacobs (left) and David Michael Baker (right). Photo Credit: Fred Greaves
When she embarks on her 2013 singing tour in Biloxi, Mississippi on January 25th the former American Idol contestant will bring with her fond memories of a week-long, four-country USO tour with fellow patriotic personalities Ross Detwiler and Craig Stammer of the Washington Nationals, Matt Hendricks of the Washington Capitals and comedian Iliza Shlesinger, which took the star to hospitals and USO meet and greets at Bagram Air Base and Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan, U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart in Germany; and a visit with Sailors stationed aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, among other locations.
From left to right: Craig Stammen (Washington Nationals), Matt Hendricks (Washington Capitals), Iliza Shlesinger (comedian), Kellie Pickler and Ross Detwiler (Washington Nationals).
Photo Credit: Fred Greaves
“[During] the holidays, everyone wants to be home with their families and loved ones. And I know it’s just as hard for [your] families back home, so they’re making a sacrifice as well. I just want to say thanks so much for all that you do, and thank you to your families as they make a huge sacrifice. This time of year is really hard so I hope that you know that we love you. The USO, all of us, we are praying for a safe return home for you all. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”
This trip marks Pickler’s sixth USO Tour to perform and visit with troops.
For more information regarding the USO:
- visit www.uso.org