Vice Chairman’s Final USO Tour Visits Eucom, Centcom

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Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva wrapped up his fourth and final USO tour this week.

Selva spent five days on tour — from March 30 through April 3 — in six countries in the U.S. European Command and U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility. Stops included Germany, Afghanistan, Qatar, Iraq and Italy.

“This tour is first and foremost about thanking the men and women in uniform and their families for what they do every day for our nation,” he said.

Selva thanked the entertainers with him, and said that in an effort to boost the military’s morale, the USO regularly teams up with the country’s biggest stars to stage comedy shows, concerts, meet and greets, unit visits and other interactive events for service members and their families stationed stateside and overseas.

The Entertainers:

1

Craig Morgan, country music singer/songwriter and Army veteran

2

Robert Irvine, celebrity chef and talk show host

3

Chris Weidman, former ultimate fighting championship middleweight champion

4

B.J. Penn, former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion

5

Felice Herrig, UFC fighter

6

Shane Victorino, former outfielder for the San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox

7

Makua Rothman, professional surfer

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Locations Visited:

1

Ramstein Air Base, Germany, March 30

2

Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, March 31

3

Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, April 1

4

Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 1

5

Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center, Iraq, April 2

6

Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, April 2

7

U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza, Italy, April 3

More About the USO:

  • The USO was created in February 1941 by President Franklin Roosevelt and is the only military support organization chartered by Congress.
  • Each year, the USO produces more than 50 entertainment tours, bringing hundreds of individual shows to hundreds of thousands of American service members around the world.
  • In 2018, the USO deployed 96 celebrities on 41 tours, eight of which visited combat zones, to 19 countries and 25 states, entertaining about 88,000 service members and military families.
  • USO centers provide programs, entertainment and services at more than 200 locations around the world, including Afghanistan, Djibouti, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Germany, Italy, Japan, Iraq, South Korea and the U.S.
  • In 2017, USO centers were visited more than 7 million times by service members and their families, including 25,000 visits a month to centers in Afghanistan and 39,000 visits a month to centers in Kuwait.

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