By Danielle DeSimone
He became famous for his role as Lieutenant Dan in the Academy Award-winning film “Forrest Gump,” solidified his reputation as a formidable actor and director in films such as “Apollo 13” and “Of Mice and Men,” and has rocked crowds as a musician in the Lt. Dan Band. But at the USO, Gary Sinise is best known as an incredibly dedicated supporter of the troops who has brought joy to thousands of service members and their families around the world.
Today, Sinise will perform his 100th USO Tour in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and we’d like to salute his service to our military community. Here are 10 great moments from some of Gary’s 100 USO Tours:
1. Gary Sinise performs for an audience of service members and their families at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., in 2017. [Photo by Doug Van Sant Photography]
2. Sinise is pictured here with the Camp Arifjan BlackHawk helicopter crew that transported him to Camp Buehring, Kuwait, in May 2007. [USO photo by Mike Theiler]
3. Gary Sinise shares a meal with service members stationed in remote areas of Alaska in 2010.
4. Sinise gives a thumbs up while on a USO Tour in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2006. Sinise traveled to bases throughout the Middle East to boost morale among the troops by meeting service members and providing entertainment. [USO photo by Mike Theiler]
5. In 2010, Sinise traveled to Germany to visit service members recovering from injuries at U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr.
6. Gary Sinise addresses thousands of service members and their families onstage with entertainer Wayne Newton at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2004. Sinise and Newton performed as part of the USO’s ‘Welcome Home Task Force Ironhorse’ show for the returning 4th Infantry Division troops. [USO photo by Mike Theiler]
7. Sinise is pictured here in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2006, where he met with troops deployed in the Middle East and offered a bit of levity and entertainment from their daily duties.
8. The crowd went wild at this concert in 2010 in Grafenwoehr, Germany, where Sinise performed for service members and their families who were stationed abroad.
9. Troops show Sinise the ropes on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, in 2010.
10. In 2006, Sinise traveled to Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, to perform for - and meet and greet with families - of deployed service members.
Thank you to Gary Sinise for all the work he has done – and continues to do – for the military community, and cheers to his 100th USO Tour today!