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America Supports You: American Idol Winner Visits Troops

By Sgt. Sarah Scully, USA
Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2006 – Hundreds of servicemembers lined up to receive an autograph and photo from Carrie Underwood, country music star and 2005 American Idol winner, at Camp Arifjan’s Combined Operations and Intelligence Center yesterday.

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Country music star and American Idol winner Carrie Underwood performs in front of more than 2,000 enthusiastic servicemembers at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Dec. 13. Photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick N. Moes, USA
  

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Underwood, on a United Service Organizations tour in the Middle East, also gave a concert at Camp Buehring, a few hours away from Camp Arifjan, before heading to Iraq for additional concerts.

Army Master Sgt. Ricky Bakke waited in line for his chance to have Underwood sign a guitar for his 10-year-old daughter right before Christmas.

“(She’s) a huge fan of Carrie’s and is learning to play,” Bakke, a logistics NCO for National Guard affairs supporting 3rd Army and U.S. Army Central, said of his daughter.

“Thanks for giving me such a warm welcome,” Underwood said to a fan. “We’re happy to be able to come here and spread some holiday cheer.”

Clutching pictures and CDs of Underwood, servicemembers of all ranks and ages asked her to sign memorabilia for family members and themselves and to pose for pictures.

“I had Carrie autograph posters for me and my two girls,” said Chief Warrant Officer Stoney Hobbs, a pilot with 1st Battalion, 111th Aviation Regiment. “They are big fans from American Idol.”

(Army Sgt. Sarah Scully is assigned to the 40th Public Affairs Detachment.)

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Click photo for screen-resolution imageArmy Master Sgt. Ricky Bakke, a logistics NCO, holds his 10-year-old daughter’s guitar for country music star Carrie Underwood to sign at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Dec. 13. Photo by Sgt. Sarah Scully, USA  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageNavy Petty Officer 3rd Class James Born (left) and a friend pose with a sign they made for Carrie Underwood’s Dec. 13 concert on Camp Buehring, Kuwait. The country music star and American Idol winner performed in front of more than 2,000 enthusiastic servicemembers. Born said he wanted to make the sign “big enough so she could see it.” Underwood is touring throughout the Middle East with the USO. Photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick N. Moes, USA  
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