Part I: Toby Keith Entertains Troops in Afghanistan

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Country singer/songwriter Toby Keith plays for more than 1,000 troops on Bagram Air Field, April 27, 2009.  This was Keith's last show of 15 in Afghanistan as part of his seventh tour with the United Service Organizations. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Michael Greenberger
  • Country singer/songwriter Toby Keith salutes more than 1,000 troops who came to see his concert on Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, April 27, 2009.  This is Keith's seventh tour with the United Service Organizations. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Michael Greenberger
  • Toby Keith sings his songs for the troops on a Forward Operating Base in Afghanistan, April 24, 2009. USO Courtesy photo by Dave Gatley
  • Troops take photos as they listen to country music singer Toby Keith perform at a remote Forward Operating Base in Afghanistan, April 24, 2009. USO Courtesy photo by Dave Gatley
  • Toby Keith's entourage prepares to move from one Forward Operating Base in Afghanistan to another, April 24, 2009. The logistics of moving the entire band,and the acoustic hardware, let alone the personal luggage, requires two pallet loads and the services of the new Air Force C-130J. USO Courtesy photo by Dave Gatley
  • A tail-gunner in a CH-53 Sea Stallion checks the terrain for anything suspicious during a flight carrying Toby Keith and crew to a Forward Operating Base in Afghanistan, April 23, 2009. USO Courtesy photo by Dave Gatley
  • After landing at a Forward Operating Base, Toby Keith shakes hands with a troop serving there, April 23, 2009. Throughout his seventh tour in the region, Keith is visiting small, remote forward operating bases that rarely receive visitors. USO Courtesy photo by Dave Gatley
  • Scotty Emerick, left, and Toby Keith sing April 24, 2009, during Keith's seventh tour to the Persian Gulf region. USO Courtesy photo by Dave Gatley
  • Toby Keith sings on Forward Operating Base #3 in Afghanistan for an estimated audience of around 3,300 troops, April 23, 2009.  USO Courtesy photo by Dave Gatley
  • Toby Keith performs an acoustic show in Afghanistan for some 350 troops at on Forward Operating Base #1, April 23, 2009. USO Courtesy photo by Dave Gatley
  • Toby Keith invites a troop on stage during a performance on Forward Operating Base #2 in Afghanistan, April 23, 2009. USO Courtesy photo by Dave Gatley
  • Troops take photos during a performance by country music star Toby Keith on Forward Operating Base #1, Afghanistan, April 23, 2009. USO Courtesy photo by Dave Gatley
  • Toby Keith sings his songs for roughly 350 troops on Forward Operating Base #1 in Afghanistan, April 23, 2009. USO Courtesy photo by Dave Gatley
  • Soldiers hold a sign showing their appreciation for the country singer Toby Keith's visit to Afghanistan, April 23, 2009. USO Courtesy photo by Dave Gatley
  • Toby Keith performs on Forward Operating Base #2 in Afghanistan where troops could sit very close to the stage, April 23, 2009. USO Courtesy photo by Dave Gatley
  • Toby Keith walks across the stage during a USO/Armed Forces Entertainment show in Afghanistan, on April 23, 2009. USO Courtesy photo by Dave Gatley
  • Troops applaud country music mega star Toby Keith at Forward Operating Base #3 in Afghanistan, April 23, 2009. USO Courtesy photo by Dave Gatley
  • Toby Keith and his band take a final bow at Forward Operating Base #3 in Afghanistan, April 23, 2009. USO Courtesy photo by Dave Gatley
  • Troops go wild as country music giant Toby Keith performs on Forward Operating Base #3 in Afghanistan, April 23, 2009. USO Courtesy photo by Dave Gatley
  • Toby Keith, center, wearing a black hat, plays a game of Spades using a storage box for a card table at the rear of the C-17  flight to Germany for refueling and maintenance, April 22, 2009. Left to right: Brian O'Connell, Toby, Curt Motley, and Mitch DeNeui. USO Courtesy photo by Dave Gatley