Naughty by Nature Performance in Djibouti

Hip-hop veterans Naughty by Nature – accompanied by Sway & The Wonder TwinZ – recently completed a USO tour to the Persian Gulf and what a trip it was!

This marked the second tour for trio, who entertained and met with more than 1,500 troops serving in Kuwait and Iraq in 2009. This was the first USO tour for MTV correspondent Sway Calloway, who served as emcee.

Vin Rock had this to say before leaving, “I’m excited to support our troops again by touring with the USO.  We enjoyed ourselves the previous trip, learned alot and were happy we could put smiles on the troop’s faces.”  And judging from Troops’ responses, the concerts were a huge hit.

Check out video footage from their first tour stop at Camp Lemonier!

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United Through Reading’s Military Program Celebrates 100,000 Recordings!

USO employees (left to right) Alexandra Volp, Patrice Cameau and Director of USO Fort Eustis Mary Moyer bestow some special gifts upon the Butcher family, which includes mom Kerri, 9-year-old Alexis, and 7-year-old Rodney; Sgt Butcher is currently deployed. (USO photo by Lauren Hebert)

As we told you yesterday, Virginia Beach’s Patriotic Festival was a huge success this year, with Ride 2 Recovery rolling into town on Friday and a celebration of the 100,000th recording for United Through Reading’s Military Program.

To mark this momentous occasion, hundreds of supporters watched as a deployed father read a book on the Jumbotron to his children, who were in the audience with their mom.  He had recorded the reading at Fort Eustis and will not return home for many months.  His family was thrilled, however, to be able to see him onscreen and read along at home any time they want, through the DVD and book provided by the USO and United Through Reading.

Thanks so much to the Butcher family, for allowing us to be a part of this special family moment.  And thanks to everyone who came out to the Patriotic Festival to support the USO and our Troops!  Be sure to watch the video recording below, and let us know about your own United Through Reading experiences…

Patriotic Festival attendees watch as Sgt Butcher reads a book about dinosaurs - and completes the 100,000th United Through Reading's Military Program recording - to his family, who was sitting in the audience. (USO photo by Lauren Hebert)