WHAT: USO tour featuring Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders (DCC)
WHEN: Dec. 21 -30, 2010
WHY: Busy bringing cheer and joy to troops and their families are America’s sweethearts The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, who will soon depart on their 73 USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour. As part of the week-long visit, the group will put on 6 performances, host cheerleading clinics, sign autographs and participate in meet and greets with troops and their families serving overseas in Korea.
The most traveled of USO tour veterans, the DCC has a more than 30-year history of supporting service men and women and their families. Earlier this month members from the DCC participated in the annual Sergeant Major of the Army USO Holiday tour, and extended America’s heartfelt gratitude to troops serving in the Middle East.
Fourteen. That’s the number of times country music icon Neal McCoy has toured for the USO. But if you think that’s alot, check out his travelling companions, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, who are currently touring with the USO for the seventieth (no – that’s not a typo!) time. Funny, they don’t look that old! Check out the latest pictures from RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, England…
Sporting an RAF Mildenhall t-shirt, country singer Neal McCoy sings his hit songs at a concert here Jan. 25. Along with members of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleading squad, Mr. McCoy stopped at RAF Mildenhall to kick off the United Services Organization’s 2010 European tour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Austin M. May)
Country singer Neal McCoy sings his hits alongside members of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleading squad at a concert at the Northside Fitness Center here Jan. 25. The concert was part of the United Services Organization’s 2010 European tour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Austin M. May)
Country singer Neal McCoy entertains the crowd at a concert at the Northside Fitness Center here Jan. 25. The concert was part of the United Services Organization’s 2010 European tour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Austin M. May)
Four Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders watch as the Lakenheath High School varsity cheerleading squad perform a routine at the Bob Hope Community Center Jan. 25. (U.S. Air Force Photo/ Staff Sgt. Jerry Fleshman)
Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Blount, 100th Air Refueling Wing noncommissioned officer in charge of ground safety programs, poses with Nicole Hamilton and Sarah Gourley, members of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleading Squad, while Master Sgt. William Rathbun, 100th Air Refueling Wing ground safety manager, takes their photo inside the wing headquarters conference room Jan. 25. Country singer Neal McCoy, along with four cheerleaders with the Dallas Cowboys met with Mildenhall servicemembers during the USO European Tour January 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Jerry Fleshman)
Country singer Neal McCoy, signs an autograph for Staff Sgt. Randy Stinnett, 351st Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, inside the wing headquarters conference room Jan. 25. Mr. McCoy, along with four members of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders met with Mildenhall servicemembers during the United Services Organization European Tour January 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Jerry Fleshman)
With multiple entertainment tours out, we’re reminded why we do what we do. Even though entertainment is about 20 percent of our mission, it’s a very visible way to let troops and families know someone back here cares about service members serving far from home – especially at the holidays.
So, hats off to Anna Kournikova, Billy Ray Cyrus, Dave Attell, Mark Wills, Keni Thomas, Sheryl Underwood, Leeann Tweeden, members of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and the U.S. Army Band (Downrange) for traveling to Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and Germany this month. Thanks, too to Admiral Michael Mullen and Sgt Major of the Army Ken Preston for continuing their tradition of taking these celebrities overseas.
I don’t want to leave out country artist (and Army Airborne veteran) Craig Morgan for visiting troops on Guam (hey, if you haven’t been stationed there, you don’t know how lonely that island can be) and to other members of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders for heading out on their annual Christmas tour of Korea.
Remember, folks, these performers don’t have to do this. They volunteer to give up time with their families and this most family-centered time of year to do something bigger than themselves.
It really is the most wonderful time of the year.
The Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, meets Billy Ray Cyrus prior to the plane leaving. Comedian Dave Attell, tennis coach Nick Bollettieri, Billy Ray Cyrus and Kournikova are also on the Holiday Tour. (USO Photo by DAVE GATLEY)
The line-up of troops to get autographed photos and meet with the touring group snakes outside the building. (USO Photo by DAVE GATLEY)
Soldiers were given a little something extra for the Holidays as the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders performed their Annual Christmas Concert sponsored by the United Service Organization Dec. 29 at Camp Casey.
Country music star Craig Morgan autographs a guitar for a child after a concert he performed at Anderson Air Base in Guam December.