Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Michael L. Sparks
17th Public Affairs Detachment
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – What happens when you take three of today’s funniest performers, add in two country music legends and round out the mix with one of the most inspirational athletes of our times? Troops overseas are about to find out as the USO once again teams up with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen for the annual USO holiday tour.
The USO holiday tour features Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, Grammy award-winning comedian Lewis Black, Country music Singer/songwriter Kix Brooks, Hall of Fame songwriter Bob DiPiero, Comedian Kathleen Madigan, and Academy award-winning actor/comedian Robin Williams.Partnering with the USO since 2000, the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has deployed more than 11 entertainment tours and lifted the spirits of more than 150,000 service men and women. Delivering a much-needed break to troops overseas, the seven-day tour will deliver laughs and goodness to our men and women in uniform during a time of year that matters most, the holidays.
This trip will mark the sixth USO tour for Williams, the third for Black and the second for Armstrong, Brooks, DiPiero and Madigan.