General Martin Dempsey Brings USO Veteran Entertainers Kellie Pickler and Rob Riggle on His Fourth and Final USO Holiday Tour Abroad
Arlington, VA (PRWEB) December 08, 2014
USO veteran entertainers Kellie Pickler and Rob Riggle join General Martin Dempsey on his fourth and final annual USO holiday tour as the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Also accompanying the Chairman as his special, celebrity guests are star of the Fox musical drama âGleeâ Dianna Agron, Washington Nationals pitcher Doug Fister, star of the USA Network legal drama âSuitsâ Meghan Markle and eight-time Pro Bowler/former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher. Continuing a long-standing USO holiday tradition, General Dempsey and his group of familiar faces are actively entrenched in the tourâs second phase. ***USO photo link below, with images added daily***
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Attributed to General Martin Dempsey:
âI will never forget the time when I was a young lieutenant back in â74 and had just arrived in Germany and was lost. I stepped inside a USO center and spoke with one of the nicest ladies who happily helped me. In my dealings with the USO over the past few years, spearheading tours around the globe, I can confidently say that the USO is as helpful and comforting today as it was back then. This yearâs tour has been just as memorable.â
Attributed to Dianna Agron:
âThis is a trip I have wanted to take for a while. I am so grateful to have this experience, and to our soldiers who dedicate their lives to our country. This is a great way to close out the year, it feels like a real gift.â
Attributed to Doug Fister:
âIt is an honor and a blessing to join the final holiday tour hosted by Chairman Dempsey. It's truly a humbling experience to be a small part of USO history, representing the Nationals. Our main focus is to lend our support to the countless men and women who fight for our freedoms, and personally thank them for the sacrifices they make every day. This tour is very personal to me and my family as my grandfathers and many other family members proudly served, setting an example for us all to follow.â
Attributed to Meghan Markle:
"I have always had such a profound respect for our nationâs troops and military families. I cannot thank them enough for everything they do for us. I am delighted and honored to be visiting the troops to say âthank youâ and wish them a happy holiday.â
Attributed to Kellie Pickler:
âFeeling blessed to have the opportunity to go back out on the road with General Dempsey and be a part of his final USO holiday tour as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. I was honored to tour with him in 2012, and I am having a great time again this year. This is my eighth USO tour, and it is honestly a joy for me to be able to bring a piece of home to our service men and women while they serve abroad.â
Attributed to Rob Riggle:
âMilitary service has always been a part of me, a part of who I am as a man. As a Marine, who not only served active duty but also reserves for the vast majority of my life, it is hard for me to see this tour as just a week-long trip. Being with the Chairman and back on a USO tour again is much like returning home for me. There is definitely comfort in this visit and I am honored to be a part of it.â
Attributed to Brian Urlacher:
âMy kids and I have always enjoyed giving back, especially during the holidays. Whether we are handing out presents to those less fortunate, helping out my old high school or visiting hospitals, volunteering is important. When I received the invitation to join General Dempsey on his last USO tour this holiday, I jumped at the chance to get involved. I respect our troops and their sacrifice, and am fortunate to have been invited.â
USO Tour Photos: http://bit.ly/1vZBl1t
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