Winnefeld Leads USO Spring Tour

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses the team of celebrities traveling on a five-day, four-country, eight-performance USO spring tour after their appearance in Naples, Italy, April 16, 2012. Celebrities included performer Jason "Wee-Man" Acuna; actor Dennis Haysbert; actor/comedian Anthony Anderson; major league baseball pitching star Randy "The Big Unit" Johnson; singer/songwriter/actress Diana DeGarmo; singer/songwriter/actor Ace Young; and Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders Kelsi Reich, Brittany Evans and Allyson Traylor.  DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Chuck Marsh
  • U.S. Navy Adm. James Winnefeld\ Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, introduces the celebrities with a USO spring tour on Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 16, 2012. Hundreds of troops and their families watched the show and posed for pictures during the meet and great session. DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Chuck Marsh
  • U.S. Air Force Maj. Gerremy Goldsberry, 510th Fighter Squadron, helps his son, Garrison, match the faces on the souvenier poster to the actual celebrities on the stage on Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 16, 2012, Garrison's mom, Jen, looks on.  The Aviano performance was the first of eight in four countries, with an additional performance aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Chuck Marsh
  • Singer/songwriter/actress Diana DeGarmo, singer/songwriter/actor Ace Young, and Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders Kelsi Reich, Brittany Evans and Allyson Traylor get the crowd of several hundred troops and their families dancing int heir seats during the second stop of the USO spring tour in Naples, Italy, April 16, 2012. DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Chuck Marsh
  • U.S. Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, leads a team of celebrities with a USO spring tour through a corridor of fans to a stage in Southwest Asia, April 17, 2012. Several thousand U.S. troops and coalition partners listened as celebrities spoke, sang and took photos with fans. DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Chuck Marsh
  • U.S. Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, introduces the team of celebrities on the USO spring tour as they visit troops in Southwest Asia, April 17, 2012. DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Chuck Marsh
  • American Idol stars Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo perform before a crowd of thousands of U.S. troops and coalition partners during a USO spring tour to Southwest Asia, April 17, 2012. DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Chuck Marsh
  • U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Giovanni Tuck, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, introduces U.S. Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., and the team of celebrities on the USO spring tour to Southwest Asia, April 17, 2012. DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Chuck Marsh
  • Singer, songwriter and actor Ace Young poses for a photo with U.S. Air Force Maj. Kristi Beckman outside the Combined Air Operations Center in Southwest Asia, April 18, 2012. DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Chuck Marsh
  • U.S. Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks with retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Charles E. "Chuck "Yeager while waiting to depart on the next leg of the USO spring tour in Southwest Asia, April 18, 2012. Yeager, the first pilot to break the sound barrier, and his wife were transiting the same base. DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Chuck Marsh
  • Actor Dennis Haysbert addresses a packed house on Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, April 18, 2012, during the USO spring tour led by U.S. Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The tour's celebrities have scheduled eight performances in four different countries and aboard the USS Enterprise. DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Chuck Marsh
  • Major League baseball pitching superstar Randy "The Big Unit" Johnson talks with a Marine at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, April 18, 2012, after the team of celebrities took photos with fans during the USO spring tour. DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Chuck Marsh
  • Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders Kelsi Reich, Brittany Evans and Allyson Traylor show off their "Battle Rattle" while posing for photos with service members during the USO spring tour on Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, April 18,  2012. DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Chuck Marsh
  • U.S. Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, introduces the celebrities on the USO spring tour to hundreds of fans on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, April 19, 2012.  Celebrities included actor/performer Jason "Wee-Man" Acuna; actor Dennis Haysbert; actor/comedian Anthony Anderson; Major League baseball pitching star Randy "The Big Unit" Johnson; singer/songwriter/actress Diana DeGarmo; singer/songwriter/actor Ace Young, and Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders Kelsi Reich, Brittany Evans and Allyson Traylor. DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Chuck Marsh
  • Former American Idol contestants Ace Young, center, Diana DeGarmo, center left, and fellow USO volunteer celebrities perform their final song as they conclude a USO spring tour on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, April 19, 2012. DOD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
  • Fifteen-month-old Braxton Harvey holds on to his father, U.S. Army Spc. Nicholas Harvey, during the USO spring tour on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, April 19, 2012. DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Chuck Marsh
  • Former American Idol contestants Ace Young, center, and Diana DeGarmo, front, perform during the USO spring tour on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, April 19, 2012. U.S. Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, let the tour, which traveled to four countries and the USS Enterprise. DOD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyron C. Marshall Jr.
  • Former American Idol contestant and songwriter Ace Young, right, sing Aerosmith's “Dream On” with actor Jason Acuna, left and a fan during the final show of the USO spring tour show on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, April 19, 2012. DOD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyron C. Marshall Jr.
  • Actor and comedian Anthony Anderson invites a female fan onstage and signs a picture of himself she brought to celebrate her 15th birthday on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, April 19, 2012. Anderson was one of nine volunteer celebrities to accompany U.S. Navy Adm.James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on the USO spring tour. DOD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyron C. Marshall Jr.